Overview

“I always felt like LSU landscape architecture graduates could be parachuted out of a plane anywhere in the world and do well, no matter where they landed.”

—Dr. Robert S. Reich

Discover the art and the science that bridges the natural with the built.               

Landscape architecture is a combination of design and science—it is the profession that designs, plans, and manages our land. Landscape architects plan and design traditional spaces from parks, campuses, and gardens to commercial centers, transportation corridors, waterfront developments, and more. Today’s landscape architects design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans, such as wetlands and deforested land. They work to revitalize post-disaster sites and redevelop blighted landscapes of urban settlements. Working with architects, city planners, civil engineers, and other professionals, a landscape architect’s keen ability to see what is not already there is an essential part of our society.

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has an established international reputation as one of America’s leading and consistently top-ranked programs. The school offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture. For more than 60 years, the program has produced landscape architects who practice all over the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline.

With a distinguished history and a strong foundation, the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is known for its focus on enhancing students’ creativity while promoting the practical aspects of design.

Instruction and experience in design, technical knowledge, and representation comprise the professional component of the landscape architecture curriculum—with the design studio at the heart of the program. In the studio environment, students discuss their work directly with instructors and classmates, and strategies, words, and images flow freely. The experience and knowledge gained from one project is applied to the next as new design considerations are systematically introduced. The design studio exposes students to the real-life problems they will encounter as professionals.

Beyond the Classroom

The rich cultural heritage and physical setting of southern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Delta region provide an invaluable resource for the study of landscape architecture. Investigation of this shifting and fluid context results in the construction of frameworks useful for the study of landscape architectural issues that can have both local and global import.

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is also known for its extensive off-campus educational opportunities. The internship program is a supported part of the core undergraduate experience, and the school has a long-standing tradition of facilitating life-changing internship experiences for students at firms all over the world. The school organizes field trips throughout the year to places and unique environments across the country. Beyond the United States, the school organizes opportunities for students to travel, study, and work in the Caribbean, Central America, Asia, and Europe. The value of the experience gained on these trips is immense and is further expanded upon when students return to the studio and classroom. The school’s strong alumni network helps facilitate these opportunities, and their continuing connection to the school is evident in the external opportunities allotted to students including internships, networking, guest lectures, and professional visits.