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Welcome to Landscape Architecture at Illinois

David Hays, Professor and Brenton H. and Jean B. Wadsworth Head, welcomes you to the Department of Landscape Architecture! Watch the video to learn about new program offerings and upcoming events.

The Department

Our Mission

In Landscape Architecture at Illinois, we advance the design of vital places and cultivate a commitment to the earth and its inhabitants. We reflect upon where we have been and where we are now to envision a healthier, more resilient future.

At Illinois, to design is to experience, imagine, discover, uncover, and recover. We learn to design with sensitivity, listening to others and acknowledging our limitations. Around the globe and in our backyard, we address challenges that demand an inclusive and often collaborative approach.

Through learning, discovery, and engagement, our efforts extend to urban green infrastructure, large-scale water systems, agricultural landscapes, cultural and historic sites, human and ecosystem health, and other complex issues that require thoughtful and innovative design approaches.

We offer two accredited professional degrees – a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) – as well as a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and a new Master of Sustainable Urban Design (MSUD).

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.

Many of our graduates become principals in leading design firms; others work in urban parks districts, community development, government and non-profit agencies, education, and the arts. For some, study of landscape architecture leads to further research and careers in related fields such as planning, architecture, and heritage management.

We work hard to foster an environment where people feel comfortable, welcome, and heard. Our students and faculty look to each other for ideas and support and rely on each other to grow and change.

Come learn with us!

Diversity Commitment

At Illinois, we are committed to collaborative learning environments in which people with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and voices are respected, heard, and supported.

We welcome all students and are committed to increasing equitable access to the profession of landscape architecture.

We challenge ourselves to act on that commitment in the variety of ways that we teach, learn, pursue research, and interact with each other every day.

We learn from our differences and rely on each other to grow and change, knowing that inclusion and diversity will drive and expand the landscape architecture profession and are essential for the individuals and communities we serve.

We prepare students to work with others to create equitable, inclusive landscapes that address complex challenges of today and tomorrow.