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Landscape Architecture encompasses the art and science of design, planning, and management of the land. The science of landscape architecture deals with the conservation and management of natural resources; the art of landscape architecture deals with the creation of more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe outdoor areas where human use requires adaptation of the natural environment. The University of Kentucky offers the only accredited professional degree in landscape architecture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Careers in Landscape Architecture

Graduate from LA are prepared to take on a broad variety of employment opportunities, ranging from private to public sector to non-profit areas.  Possible careers include:

  •     Landscape Architect
  •     GIS Analyst
  •     Community/Real Estate Development
  •     Urban Designer
  •     Urban Planner
  •     Environmental Consulting and Advocacy

Employers looking for you include:

  •     U.S. Forest Service
  •     National Park Service
  •     Soil Conservation Service
  •     Bureau of Land Management
  •     US Army Corps of Engineers
  •     The Sierra Club
  •     The Nature Conservancy
  •     21st Century Park
  •     State and local government
  •     Private sector and coorporations
Design education is a place where creativity and spontaneity should guide exploration and serve as a basis for learning. My goal as an educator is to create responsible and creative designers.

Ryan

Associate Professor

Courses You Will Take

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Landscape Architecture (BS) 126 - 132 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30 - 31

Fall Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
LA 105
3
LA 105 - INTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

LA 105

3 credit hours

A survey of landscape architecture examining how the profession responds to societal needs in providing services to various public and private clients. Students will become aware of the potential for landscape architecture to transform the environments in which humans live, work, and play. Contemporary landscape architectural issues, practitioners and work are presented. Lecture, three hours per week.

LA 111
3
LA 111 - LIVING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN

LA 111

3 credit hours

Students in this course will gain an understanding and awareness of creative strategies that may be used in future problem solving. These strategies will help encourage creative thinking that will lead to more innovative and novel solutions. Students will practice a metacognitive approach by reflecting on their own thinking in an effort to enhance self-regulation and ultimately realize creative potential.

PLS 220
3
PLS 220 - INTRODUCTION TO PLANT IDENTIFICATION

PLS 220

3 credit hours

An introduction to the techniques used for plant identification based on over one hundred plants encountered in daily life. Laboratory, two hours; lecture, two hours per week.

UK Core - Quantitative Foundations
3 - 4
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
LA 121
6
LA 121 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO I

LA 121

6 credit hours

Introduction to the fundamental elements and principles of design. Emphasis is on the application of design thinking and creative process to a variety of design problems. Observation, communication, and critique are stressed as components of process. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week. Field trips may be required. Prereq: Student must be accepted into the Landscape Architecture Program and enrolled in LA 161 (or previous completion of equivalent graphics courses).

Prereq: Student must be accepted in the Landscape Architecture Program and enrolled in LA 161 (or previous completion of equivalent graphics course).

LA 161
3
LA 161 - GRAPHICS I

LA 161

3 credit hours

A study of landscape architecture graphics including freehand sketching, plan, section, and perspective drawing. Rendering techniques in both black and white and color will be explored with a variety of media including pencils and markers. Lecture, two hours; studio, two hours per week. Prereq: Non-LA majors must have permission of instructor.

Prereq: Non-LA majors must have permission of instructor

LA 205
3
LA 205 - HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

LA 205

3 credit hours

A study of landscape design through past civilizations and how these have influenced our present approach to dealing with our landscape.

Prereq: CIS/WRD 110 or consent of instructor.

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 32

Fall Semester
16 Credit Hours
LA 162
3
LA 162 - DIGITAL REPRESENTATION I

LA 162

3 credit hours

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of computer-aided methodologies applied to site design and design articulation. It focuses on utilizing computer-aided drafting/design as a tool for producing the sequence of drawing commonly used in professional design offices. The interface of computer-aided drafting/design software with various other digital applications to produce representations of site information is also emphasized. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours per week. Prereq: LA 161.

Prereq: LA 161.

LA 222
6
LA 222 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO II

LA 222

6 credit hours

LA 222 continues the core emphasis on process and design vocabulary from LA 121. The course is focused on the connections between landscape architectural design, place, and regional landscapes, along with the continued development of graphic, written, and oral communication skills. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week. Field trips may be required. Prereq: LA 121 with a minimum grade of "C" and enrollment in LA 162 (or previous completion of equivalent CAD course). This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

Prereq: LA 121 with a minimum grade of "C" and enrollment in LA 162 (or previous completion of equivalent CAD course).

PLS 366
4
PLS 366 - FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE

PLS 366

4 credit hours

Study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and how these properties relate to plant nutrient availability and plant growth, land- use planning and management issues, and soil and water quality issues. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours.

Prereq: CHE 105.

UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
LA 223
6
LA 223 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO III

LA 223

6 credit hours

Design studio emphasizing design process applied to site programming, landscape analysis, and site planning. Use of actual sites to emphasize relationships between landscape analysis processes, landscape topology, and landscape ecology. Low impact site development practices are stressed. Field trips may be required. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week. Prereq: LA 121 with a minimum grade of "C", LA 105, LA 162 or equivalent CAD course; and PLS 366 or concurrent enrollment in PLS 366. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

Prereq: LA 222 with a minimum grade of 'C', PLS 366 or concurrent enrollment in PLS 366, or consent of the instructor.

LA 271
4
LA 271 - DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION I

LA 271

4 credit hours

This course develops competency in solving problems relating to site grading, drainage systems, road alignment, and other aspects of site engineering and stormwater management. Field trips may be required. Lecture, two hours; studio, six hours per week.

Prereq: LA 162 or permission of the instructor.

LA Topical Studies Course
3
UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason
3

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 20

Summer Semester
3 Credit Hours
LA 390
3
LA 390 - INTERNATIONAL STUDY

LA 390

3 credit hours

International study program led by faculty in Landscape Architecture. Program locations vary from year to year. Other international study experiences may be accepted as equivalent for graduation requirements with permission of the Department Chair. This course may be repeated once with additional credits applied as an elective.

Fall Semester
17 Credit Hours
LA 324
6
LA 324 - Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV

LA 324

6 credit hours

Studio design course emphasizing site selection and programmatic analysis in landscape master planning for complex site programs. Field trips may be required. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week. Prereq: LA 223 with a minimum grade of "C" and PLS 366.

Prereq: LA 223 with a minimum grade of "C", PLS 366, and concurrent enrollment in PLS 320.

LA 372
4
LA 372 - DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION II

LA 372

4 credit hours

A continuation of landscape architecture design implementation: construction materials, including wood, paving, and walls, along with their applications; preparation of working drawings and materials specifications. Field trips may be required. Lecture, two hours; studio, six hours per week. Prereq: LA 271 with a minimum grade of "C".

Prereq: LA 271 with a minimum grade of "C".

PLS 320
4
PLS 320 - WOODY HORTICULTURAL PLANTS

PLS 320

4 credit hours

A detailed study of evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers occuring in the landscape; their systematic identification, hardiness, form, growth habit, size, culture, adaptation to environmental conditions, uses and outstanding horticultural characteristics. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours.

Prereq: PLS 220.

UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen
3

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 30 - 31

Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
LA 373
6
LA 373 - DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION III

LA 373

6 credit hours

Advanced instruction and practicum in the development of design implementation drawings. Students will produce a comprehensive set of schematic design and construction drawings that apply the principles and techniques commonly used in the landscape architecture profession. Field trips may be required. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week.

Prereq: LA 372 with a minimum grade of "C", PLS 320, or permission of instructor.

LA Topical Studies Course
3
LA Topical Studies Course
2
UK Core - Humanities
3
LA 398
1
LA 398 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I

LA 398

1 credit hours

This course focuses on formally documenting and communicating competency relative to the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the landscape architecture major. The course will help students prepare for professional work experience opportunities as well as learn more about additional educational opportunities in graduate school. Private, government, and non-profit sectors are discussed. Field trip(s) may be required.

Prereq: LA 105 and LA 324.

Fall Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
LA 425
6
LA 425 - Landscape Architecture Design Studio V

LA 425

6 credit hours

Studio design course with emphasis on urban design and development, and associated public spaces. Field trips may be required. Lecture, three hours; studio nine hours per week. Prereq: LA 324 with a minimum grade of "C".

Prereq: LA 324 with a minimum grade of "C".

LA Topical Studies Course
3
Specialty Support
3 - 4
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 14 - 18

Spring Semester
14 - 18 Credit Hours
LA 426
6
LA 426 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN STUDIO VI

LA 426

6 credit hours

Application of landscape architecture design process to address issues at a variety of scales with emphases on form generation, community engagement, and communication. Field trips may be required. Lecture, three hours; studio, nine hours per week. Prereq: LA 425 with a minimum grade of “C”.

Prereq: LA 425 with a minimum grade of "C".

LA 400
1
LA 400 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT II

LA 400

1 credit hours

This course utilizes the products and experiences from LA 398 to further develop the student for opportunities beyond this university. This course will further prepare students for landscape architecture professional practice. Topics will include licensure and certification, professional design performance rating systems, ethics, business structure(s), job offer evaluation and negotiation, career financial planning, and regulatory requirements. Field trip(s) may be required.

Prereq: LA 398.

Specialty Support
3 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

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What You'll Study

In the Department of Landscape Architecture you will learn to create human environments that are sustainable, socially relevant, artful, and functional. Landscape Architecture alumni occupy leadership positions in private practice, public agencies and academic institutions throughout the United States and internationally.

You will gain a strong foundation for landscape architecture through a core curriculum including design studios, implementation, graphics & digital representation, plant identification, as well as soil science and ecology.  You will further be able to explore topics on your own such as design with plants, advanced graphics, advanced digital, regional land use planning, cultural landscape preservation, and/or Geographical Information Systems.

 

 

 


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Landscape Architects

Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open areas.

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Median Salary

$64,570

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

22,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

1,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Landscape architects spend much of their time in offices, creating designs, preparing models, and meeting with clients. They spend the rest of their time at jobsites. About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2014.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$66,940

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

38,000

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

2,400

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

About 2 out of 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2014. They often attend meetings with neighborhood groups that take place during evenings and weekends. Most work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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