Landscape architects recognize the significant role the environment plays globally in the health of growing populations, expanding cities and fragile ecosystems. Landscape architects are prepared for the combination of social, economic and environmental projects that fosters successful, sustainable communities at local, regional and global scales, offering a pro-active rather than re-active stance for this generation’s pressing issues.
Students interested in landscape architecture should apply directly to the university as a pre-landscape architecture major. Acceptance to the major is competitive and based on academic performance.
To apply to the program, typically students will:
- Complete LARCH 2300: Outlines of the Built Environment and LARCH 2310: Introduction to Design
- Submit a portfolio (created in LARCH 2310)
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in LARCH courses
- Demonstrate progress toward the completion of Calculus I and Earth Science
Students admitted to the university with Honors or Scholars standing will be offered direct admission to the landscape architecture major. Transfer into the program is possible. Students interested in transferring should consult with an academic advisor.
Students in the landscape architecture program combine critical thinking skills with artistic principles, environmental consciousness and construction technology to address people’s relationship to the land in a range of situations. The program emphasizes practical and evolving knowledge and skills as the foundation for professional competence, academic scholarship and individualized enrichment. The studio classes are small, student-centered, and provide a hands-on education in Knowlton Hall, an award-winning facility with extensive studio, library and technology resources.
Required courses include the following:
- Outlines of the Built Environment
- Introduction to Design
- The Dynamic Earth
- Landscape architecture design studio II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
- Landscape architecture workshop I, II, III, IV
- Landscape architecture topics seminar
- Making and Meaning of the American Landscape
- Outlines of Landscape Architecture
- Landscape Plants
- History and Theory
- Environmental Stewardship and You
- History and Theory
- Professional Practice
Landscape architecture students have opportunities to study abroad during the academic year. Recent travel destinations include South Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, London, Barcelona and locations around Europe.
The Honors Program in the Knowlton School offers a more rigorous curriculum and gives students the opportunity to participate in Honors seminars and significant research within the discipline. Small classes and greater access to faculty provide Honors students with a stimulating scholarly community.
The Architecture, Landscape and City Scholars Program is a community of talented students who participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. Architecture, Landscape and City Scholars focuses on growing students’ understanding of the historical, cultural and social significance of the built and natural environments through site visits, workshops, seminars and travel opportunities. Scholars students live together in a north campus residence hall that provides a supportive and collegial environment.
Learn more about these opportunities at honors-scholars.osu.edu.
Landscape architecture students may join the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, which offers opportunities for professional networking and mentoring; SERVitecture, a student-run organization which links students with community projects such as Habitat for Humanity; and 1:12, the Knowlton School’s student journal.
Graduates of Ohio State’s landscape architecture program are successful in finding positions regionally, nationally and internationally. The program prepares students to become landscape architects or to enter a range of professional fields or graduate programs. Graduates have entered law, business, politics, art, architecture, environmental management, planning, public policy, education and many other areas. In addition, graduates of the landscape architecture program are extremely successful in gaining admission to a broad range of leading graduate programs in landscape architecture and in other fields.
Common employment opportunities for graduates include landscape architecture firms (regional, national, global in scope); architecture, urban design, engineering and planning firms; development and design/build; environmental management; public sector roles with metropolitan park systems, recreation and parks departments; state and federal agencies of environmental law, policy and management; and academic careers. In these fields, common project types include designing and managing gardens, parks, neighborhoods, urban systems, bikeways, transit systems, streetscapes, community gardens, campuses, recreation zones, playgrounds, zoos and golf courses, residential developments, urban plazas, green roofs, brownfield reclamation, stream and wetland restoration, ecosystem management, wildlife conservation, and much more.
Knowlton School graduates report entry-level salaries between $40,000 and $50,000. The national average salary for all landscape architects is $75,000; partners and senior associates in large firms may earn considerably more, often exceeding $250,000.
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The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture is a professional degree, accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board, and is the only program of its kind in Ohio. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as a landscape architecture after three years of practical experience and successful completion of a written exam.
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