Landscape Architecture College of Design

The Twin Cities


The old cities of the world are…expending enormous sums to rectify errors…Let those which are still in their infancy take warning…and secure the advantages their positions afford before it is too late. - H.W.S. Cleveland


More than 100 years ago, the landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland created the Minneapolis park system. The world-class parks offer a unique opportunity to experience and study the integration of urban development, transportation, hydrology, and ecology in a single system. Minneapolis is now expanding the park system into neighborhoods north of downtown with Tom Leader Studio’s RIVERFIRST master plan, while Kate Orff/SCAPE and James Corner/Field Operations are both completing designs in downtown Minneapolis. Students in our program have access to this wealth natural and designed landscapes as well as area firms, non-profits, and governmental organizations. These organizations provide learning, internship, and research opportunities that are only possible in our unique urban setting.

Minneapolis is ranks among the top ten livable [and healthy] cities in the country. One of the best bicycling cities in the country, Minneapolis has a bicycle freeway, the Cedar Lake Trail, and its own bike share system, the Nice Ride (both designed by alumnus Steve Durrant). Minneapolis is also home to many design firms, non-profits, and governmental organizations who share our passion for the land. Students in our program have access to these organizations, who provide learning and internship opportunities that are only possible in an urban setting.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are also home to nationally and internationally known cultural venues including the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. There is also a vibrant local art, theater and music scene. Students also participate in local arts events, co-leading a course food and the city at the Walker Art Center and installing works at the Northern Spark Festival and the Art Shanties Project.

The Twin Cities has the amenities of big city with a small town-feel. The University of Minnesota’s programs in landscape architecture takes advantage of the Twin Cities setting and provides a nationally-ranked education within a unique urban environment.

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