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Landscape Architecture

University of Oregon

WE ARE MORE than just a department. We’re a community: researching, designing, and collaborating with each other as we work to make our landscapes healthy, beautiful, and socially just.


School of Architecture and Environment, Department of Landscape Architecture
1190 Franklin Boulevard
Eugene, Oregon, 97403, United States

What We Offer

Summary

Please contact Jessica Wu at jwu21@uoregon.edu for more information.

The UO’s Department of Landscape Architecture is the oldest landscape department west on the west coast, and we are one of a handful of departments with accredited MLA & BLA programs and a PhD program.

From the woods to the Willamette River, from the coast to the Cascades, from Portland to Crater Lake – Oregon’s natural beauty and cities inspire us to push boundaries and redefine our profession.

Landscape architecture is the design of constructed environments for functional and aesthetic use. For us, Landscape Architecture is an environmental design discipline of broad scope whose central concern is the wise use of land. Its activities span the spatial and temporal scales required to guide and implement landscape change, ranging from the detailed development of small sites to the planning of large, regional landscapes. These design and planning activities rest on a foundation of ecological understanding that views human value systems as a major force in shaping landscapes. Landscape Architecture is the relationship between outdoor environments outside of buildings and objects. Landscape architecture designs environments for humans and non-humans, exterior spaces for people and the fundamental materials go beyond wood, concrete, etc. but also utilize plants, earth, and water. Landscape architecture focuses on how ecosystems works together and how new buildings will be affected and affect the surrounding ecosystem.
Landscape is a portion of the earth’s surface that can be seen at a glance.
Landscape is the product of humans shaping their environment
Landscape is the “background” for existence.

Why study landscape architecture at the University of Oregon?

We use the landscapes of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as a laboratory to explore and address emergent design and planning issues being faced in many places around the world.

We help students address pressing issues of urbanization and climate change, and associated issues of social justice, sustainability, and resilience with critical thinking and cutting-edge tools.

We frequently offer service learning studios to engage students in solving real problems in local and regional landscapes, while working with their human constituents.

We train students to be successful in professional teams through frequent attention to the skills needed for collaborative efforts.

We instill proficiency in resolving complex landscape problems across spatial scales, from small sites to large landscapes, and in contexts that range from urban cores to rural landscapes to biodiversity reserves.

We emphasize integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and practices into design and planning initiatives in ways that can be applied in diverse places and regions around the world.


Academic Fields

Landscape Architecture.
Environmental Studies.
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD.
Architecture.

Degrees

Master's Degree, MLA, Masters of Landscape Architecture
Doctoral Degree, PhD, PhD in Landscape Architecture


Formats

Full Time

Keywords

Landscape architecture, Urban design, National Parks Service, Ecological urbanism, engineering

Contacts

Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu
Graduate Recruitment Manager
jwu21@uoregon.edu
jwu21@uoregon.edu
541-346-8053

Roxi Thoren

Roxi Thoren
Department Head
rthoren@uoregon.edu
rthoren@uoregon.edu

Who We're Looking For

Summary

The Master’s program at the University of Oregon is primarily intended for mature and independent students who are strongly self-motivated and prepared to undertake original work in the field. Study at the Master's level may be in a number of subareas of the field, including advanced design theory, landscape history, landscape planning, landscape ecology, urban design, or preparation for teaching. We encourage diversity in thinking among faculty and students, and select our graduate students with this in mind.
Students may enter the Master's programs with a background in either Landscape Architecture or another field. If you enter with a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.), the Post Professional Master's degree program takes approximately two years. If you enter from another discipline and without a B.L.A., completion of the First Professional Master's degree program takes three years plus one summer term.


Academic Backgrounds

Architecture.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Civil Engineering, General.
Environmental Design/Architecture.
Environmental Studies.
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Target GPA

A- = 3.3-3.6

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