Landscape Architecture 

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create, design, manage, enhance, and sustain the built, natural, and social environments. Landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health in all communities. We plan and design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, residences, and many other projects that strengthen local communities.  

Program Details

The work of professional landscape architects is the craft of designing landscapes through landforms, vegetation, structures, and materials. The profession lends opportunities for projects in sustainable residential design, sustainable community planning and design, climate-resilient design, green infrastructure, access to health and nature, and universal design.  

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Professional Licensing

Landscape Architecture is a licensed professional discipline concerned with landscape design, environmental design, and environmental planning. Colorado State University offers one dynamic program in Landscape Architecture; the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program. Taking part in this challenging course of study, you will prepare yourself for a career in a widely respected profession that is licensed by all 50 fifty states.

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Study and Design

You have the opportunity to study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: designing spaces as well as planning and preserving them. Nature, culture, form, and space are the classic elements of landscape architecture with which you work in a series of design studios and related courses. Here, you focus on various environmental design and planning projects that grow more complex as the curriculum proceeds.

Professional Accreditation

Throughout the program, emphasis is on the relationship between design, nature, and society: the impact of environments on the individual as well as the impact of humans on the environment. It is important to note that registration laws for landscape architects in all 50 states specify graduation from schools, such as Colorado State University, that are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the ASLA. Visit the ASLA website for information about becoming a landscape architect.

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Our program offers a challenging course of study that will prepare you with the skills you’ll need to design sustainable built and natural landscapes. Browse the CSU Course Catalog to learn more about our curriculum details.

LA Days Lecture Series

One way we show our commitment to Landscape Architecture is to ensure our students have access to the experience and guidance from renowned professionals in our field. The LA Days Lecture series brings together leaders with diverse points of view who share their innovations, challenges, and successes.

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Professional Mixer

The HLA Professional Mixer is a signature department event where employers engage with students, staff, and faculty while networking with talented Colorado State students. This annual career mixer has always been rooted in genuine relationship building and professional connections while showcasing the dynamic career paths within the horticulture and landscape architecture professional community. 

Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

We are proud to have an active and engaged student chapter of the ASLA. The ASLA is a national organization with state chapters. The Colorado ASLA is a great resource for jobs, professional development, and connection to professionals in your field.


Faculty Advisers

Kelly Curl

Brad Goetz