University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is a profession concerned with creative stewardship of land, the design of sustainable human communities, and the aesthetic quality of places. Most landscape architects work in consulting firms, smaller numbers work in public agencies, universities, and in design–build firms. The scale of our work ranges from regional planning down to very small urban sites. The great bulk of landscape architects' work is in the development of urban, suburban, and rural properties for new educational, commercial, residential, and recreational uses. Landscape architects are engaged in site planning and site design for these projects and work closely with environmental scientists, architects, engineers, and regulatory agencies. Our work requires design sensibility, technical skill, environmental awareness, and the ability to work with people.

The links to the left will take you to several sites where you can learn more about specific works of landscape architecture, employment prospects for landscape architects, accreditation and licensure, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Louisville waterfront park

Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky