- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Landscape architecture involves designing and implementing opportunities for people to engage with the environment in personally comfortable, safe, and healthy ways. The practice of landscape architecture is concerned with the best ways to design landscapes that protect, enhance, and sustain the ecological and cultural systems that support all life.
The Landscape Architecture Program at Washington State University teaches students to create outdoor spaces that support human activities and that positively affect the environment.
From waterfronts to streetscapes, private patios to public pavilions, cities to countryside, the landscape architecture program at WSU teaches students to design environments that merge human needs and desires while protecting or enhancing natural environments, systems, and processes.
- Scholarships & financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For architecture students
In addition to general university scholarships, students in architecture are eligible for corporate and privately supported scholarships and achievement awards offered by the School of Design and Construction, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
- Careers in landscape architecture
With a bachelor of landscape architecture (BLA) degree, graduates can perform as entry level practitioners of landscape architecture. With strong studio preparation and experience collaborating with professionals in the related areas of architecture, interior design, and construction management, WSU graduates are well prepared for landscape architecture careers.
Landscape architects work in a wide range of settings, both private and public. You could work with landscape architecture design firms, engineering companies, architects, planning consultants, or environmental management companies.
You might also build a career with public agencies, such as local and regional parks departments, planning departments, highway departments, various environmental agencies, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Landscape architects design:
- City, state, or federal parks
- Public and private gardens and arboretums
- Waterfronts and greenways
- Community development plans
- Urban centers
- Streetscapes and neighborhoods
- Corporate facilities
- University/college campuses
- Nature preserves
Landscape architects are involved in:
- Sustainable urban development
- Ecological planning and restoration
- Community partnerships
- Environmental advocacy
- Landscape preservation
- Resource management
- Farmland protection
- Food production and community gardening
- Water conservation
- Green infrastructure and stormwater management
- Aging-in-place and senior-friendly community planning
See the ASLA website for more about careers in landscape architecture.