Have you ever been in an outdoor space where you have felt mesmerized by the beauty of the different natural and man-made elements around you? Maybe in a park, a terrace, or a garden. When I started researching majors, I started thinking about all of this, and came upon Landscape Architecture. Whenever you are surrounded by a beautiful outside environment, chances are, a landscape architect was behind everything you are seeing.
But what is Landscape Architecture really? According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, landscape architecture is defined as, “The profession which applies artistic and scientific principles to the research, planning, design and management of both natural and built environments.” Experts in this field must be both creatively and technically trained to arrange both natural and constructed elements in a way that is beautiful. While doing this, they must also strive to conserve the environment and our natural resources. “The resulting environments shall serve useful, aesthetic, safe and enjoyable purposes.”
Pretty cool, right? Landscape Architecture is perfect for anyone that likes both architecture and the outdoors. Landscape architects study principles of architecture, and apply these to the outside world to create attractive environments.
Landscape architects can work doing designing many different things. It’s not just about the placement of shrubs, as noted by Philip N. Pregill, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at California State University, “Landscape architecture can range from designing a skateboard park to an entire wilderness area. It’s not just about the trees and shrubs around buildings.”
In college, landscape architects study a wide variety of subjects that emphasize art, design, math, physics, and of course, subjects like ecology, botany and horticulture. It’s important for a landscape architect to have a solid understanding of plant science, landscape design, and project and site planning.
Some schools with Landscape Architecture Programs include:
- Clemson University
- Colorado State University
- Cornell University
- Northeastern University
- Purdue University
- Texas A&M University
- University of Southern California