Prepare to Change the World
The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota is situated within the College of Design — one of the most comprehensive and engaged design colleges in the country. Our focus is to design sustainable, collaborative, and artful solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century. Our Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program expands landscape architecture into an activist practice to create innovative approaches to the pressing issues of our time, while our undergraduate degree prepares students to follow a variety of career trajectories in the public and private sectors or to go on to graduate and professional studies
Change defines our landscape—drought and flood, freeze and thaw, population explosions and declines, economic booms and crashes. As designers and managers of change, landscape architects shape more resilient futures by designing new places and systems that integrate art, ecology, and community.
Our students learn as much outside the classroom as inside the classroom and take advantage of our location in a vital design-rich urban region. Students work as Research-in-Practice Assistants in Twin Cities agencies, firms, and nonprofits like the Trust for Public Land, or as interns in firms like Oslund and Associates, Coen Partners, Damon Farber and Associates and HGA. Our students also lead design initiatives of their own making, such as Students for Design Activism and Greenlight, or in professional organizations like the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Our college also has one of the largest student-practitioner mentoring programs of any North American design school, which underscores the strong ties between the college and local practitioners — many of whom teach in the department.
We invite you to visit our program and we look forward to hearing about the kind of change you want to make in the world.