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Landscape Architecture, General Information
Landscape architecture is a creative STEM profession that harmonizes the natural and built environments.
Landscape architects design public spaces such as parks, campuses, streetscapes, and urban gathering places that shape community identity and provide opportunities for public life. They create more sustainable and active communities through accessible infrastructure for walking, bicycling, and other forms of transportation.
Landscape architects improve air quality and mitigate high temperatures with urban green spaces. They design resilient infrastructure solutions for problems such as increased flooding from stormwater and rising sea levels aggravated by climate change. Additionally, landscape architects conserve valued natural and agricultural resources by analyzing regions and working with communities on plans for landscape stewardship.
Landscape architects collaborate with private clients and communities to make memorable places to live, work, and play. They also work closely with allied professionals such as architects, engineers, and environmental scientists.
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.
UKLA Program Information
Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester, but are encouraged to communicate with us more frequently. All UKLA students are welcome to arrange appointments with Academic Coordinator Christina Wilson at any time.
ScholarshipUniverse (SU) is an online scholarship platform that matches students to relevant, vetted external scholarship opportunities, as well as internal scholarships offered by the university.
Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has scholarship money for incoming freshmen and current students. There is one application which covers monies available to all students of the college as well as awards specified for students in the Department of Landscape Architecture, including the Delker, Mansbach, and Schach Scholarships. In addition, the James Stephens Scholarship is evenly divided between Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students.
The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Scholarship Library is a useful research tool to find external scholarship opportunities.
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Academic Common Market: Tennessee residents qualify for in-state tuition through the Landscape Architecture degree program.