Design for a Resilient Future

Landscape architecture involves the design of sustainable human communities, the experiential quality of place, and the thoughtful stewardship of land. It is a creative STEM profession that encompasses the art and science of designing, planning, and managing the natural and built environments.


Landscape Architecture is regulated by all 50 states and the District of Columbia to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Across the nation, licensure involves a university degree in landscape architecture from an accreditied program and passage of the national Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). Most states also require a period of supervised practice. Currently, 30 states require landscape architects to complete Continuing Education hours to maintain their license.

Landscape architecture has been accredited at the University of Kentucky since 1978.

Landscape Architects...

. . . design public spaces such as parks, campuses, streetscapes, and urban gathering places that shape community identity and provide opportunities for public life.
student rendering of green space with tents and people
student rendering Oliver Lewis Way as currently exists and as proposed

. . . create more sustainable and active communities by designing new infrastructure for walking, bicycling, and other forms of transportation.

. . . improve air quality and mitigate higher urban temperatures with the design of urban green spaces.
student map of Louisville neighborhood marking vacant lots and green spaces
student map of Lexington tree and water line

. . . design resilient infrastructure solutions for problems such as increasing flooding from storm water and rising sea levels aggravated by climate change.

. . . collaborate with private clients to make memorable places for work, living, and recreation.
student rendering of landscape plans for private residence
student drawing of trees and a bridge over a stream

. . . conserve valued natural and agricultural landscapes by analyzing regions and working with communities on plans for landscape stewardship.

. . . work closely with communities, clients, architects, engineers, and environmental scientists.
student drawing over computer graphics of playscape surrounding a childcare center

1) Justin Bambach ('19). "The Winner's Circle," LA 426. 2) Justin Bambach ('19), Joseph Browning ('19), Griffin Johnson ('19), David Toda ('19). "Livable Lexington," LA 425. 3) Mason Glin ('20) and Amanda Reese ('20). "Portland Pulse," LA 425. 4) Andrew Lodder, ('17). "Lexington Kentucky Tree Canopy Planting Assessment using Biological and Socioeconomic indicators," LA 426  5) Grant Lewis (expected '21). "UK Child Development Center of the Bluegrass: Nature Play," LA 223. 6) Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve, Clark Co., KY. 7) Data collected during Design Week 2016 "Retrofitting the Retro: Reconnecting Place and People," Southland Drive, Lexington, KY.