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Justin Bambach ('19). "The Winner's Circle," LA 426.

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Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky

student rendering of women's basketball sculpture area outside memorial coliseumJeongok Park ('20). "Memorial Coliseum," LA 372.

EDUCATION that emphasizes critical thinking and technological proficiency so that our students may contribute to societal and environmental sustainability in Landscape Architecture and related professions.

RESEARCH that addresses contemporary environmental and societal challenges.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT that assists our local partners in creating more supportive and sustainable places for human habitation.

Women in STEM

Women comprise 52.6% of our 2019 UKLA student body! Our faculty ratios reflect a similar balance in the representation of men and women in UKLA.


Top Ranking

In 2019, Design Intelligence listed UKLA as the 5th most hired from program and Ned Crankshaw as - for the second year in a row - a Most Admired Educator.


Employment Outlook

The median annual earnings for landscape architects currently stands at $68,230.


Message from the Chair

The Department of Landscape Architecture is a community of designers – students, faculty, and staff members – who understand landscape architecture as a design discipline with far-reaching ability to harmonize human culture, the natural world, and the built environment. We are driven by a commitment to educate the next generation of designers who will continually advance and transform the practice of landscape architecture. Our faculty members represent a wide range of expertise and research interests, but we are universally dedicated to the quality of our undergraduate program. Our teaching and learning environment is focused on individual success and creating space for educational enrichment. International and domestic travel/study, engagement in thorny regional design issues, and student internships all build on the curriculum to allow students to craft their own set of challenges and experiences. Graduates leave the landscape architecture program ready for practice in landscape architecture, graduate education, and a wide variety of related career paths. We maintain relationships with alumni that have grown a strong network of opportunities for new graduates.

Students in the Department of Landscape Architecture find a supportive and engaging collegial home within the larger milieu of the University of Kentucky. From this home base, our department collaborates in teaching and research with faculty members in the environmental sciences and horticulture at one end of the spectrum, and with architecture, historic preservation, and interior design at the other end.

UK is a rapidly growing university with a campus transformed in recent years by the construction of new classroom buildings, dormitories, recreation facilities, and an exceptional student center. The university is situated near the center of Lexington, a dynamic city that is alive with arts, culture, and entertainment. Surrounding Lexington are the horse farms, small towns, and natural landscapes that comprise the distinctive Bluegrass regional landscape. Beyond the Bluegrass, the Cumberland Plateau offers renowned natural recreational areas like the Red River Gorge along with the environmental challenges of landscapes left behind by strip mining. These regional landscapes provide a living laboratory full of learning and research opportunities for landscape architecture faculty and students.

We constantly strive to prepare our students for the environmental design challenges of the future. If you are interested in learning more about how you can pursue studies in this exciting and creative discipline, please contact us.

- Ned Crankshaw, FASLA | Professor and Chair