Bill Sullivan

We believe in the transformative power of design. Through design education and research, we turn bright minds into problem-solving powerhouses – young people who make profound and lasting contributions to society and the environment.

We use design and research to generate new knowledge that shapes the development of healthier, more equitable, sustainable, vibrant places.

We offer two accredited degrees – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) – and a PhD.

Our BLA program is ranked #3 in North America (CollegeFactual.com). A group of our graduate students just won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for their design work. And two of our faculty members won the only two Excellence in Research awards made by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in 2015.

In the century since our founding, Landscape Architecture at Illinois has evolved into perhaps the world’s finest comprehensive training ground for tomorrow’s design creators and scholars. 

Our inquiry focuses on the impact of human activity on the environment and the influence of natural and historic factors on settlements, behavior, and well-being.  Because design of the land requires an interdisciplinary approach, we have marshaled the expertise of diverse disciplines in the service of design.

We invite you to come learn with us. You can read about our application process here. You are also welcome to visit. We host a variety of lectures and exhibits and you are welcome to stop in and experience the buzz in our studios. 

William Sullivan
Professor and Head


We teach design as a form of spatial inquiry that yields powerful new ideas. We are committed to the idea of landscape architecture as a transformative activity and an inclusive discipline. As part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, our exploration of landscape architecture is informed by many perspectives and enriched by our position within the larger intellectual and creative environment of a major research university. While furthering expertise in the profession of landscape architecture, we also test the potential of the field—and thereby expand its impact—through collaboration with fields like architecture, urban planning, engineering, geography, new media, and history.  

The world needs good landscape designers. As a field, landscape architecture is uniquely equipped to address the ecological, cultural and aesthetic future of our planet. Combining art, science, and the humanities, landscape architecture has always been a complex discipline. But now there is an even more urgent need for innovative approaches in design due to recent shifts in the environment, economy, political arena, and culture in general. Consequently, the scope of the field has grown enormously.  There are now more ways to practice landscape architecture than ever before. Many of our graduates become principles in leading design firms; others work in urban parks districts, community development, and the arts; and for some, a landscape architecture education (which qualifies them for licensure) prepares them for graduate degrees in related fields like planning, architecture, and heritage management.