Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)
Landscape architects provide a wide variety of professional services to individuals, organizations, corporations and government agencies. Landscape architects are involved in all phases of the development of a site, from the initial discussion of ideas through the construction of the project. Their duties require a variety of skills - site planning and design, site engineering, management and supervision. They work with architects, planners and engineers involving all aspects of our environment.
The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offers an accredited five-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.). Students enroll as Pre-Landscape Architecture students in the freshman year, while completing preparatory courses, and then apply for full admission to the professional program in the sophomore year. The professional program includes a range of coursework intended to prepare graduates for entry into the profession of Landscape Architecture.
The B.L.A. is a demanding curriculum, requiring dedication, hard work, and long hours of study and effort. At the core of the curriculum is the studio learning environment where students develop skills and knowledge through real world projects. As a part of the program, students also regularly travel to local and national environments in their course of study.
Landscape Architecture Program Mission
The mission of the NDSU Landscape Architecture program is to provide outstanding professional education in Landscape Architecture with a strong regional focus that fosters understanding of the global context of Landscape Architecture. The program prepares students for innovative professional practice and for advanced graduate education in the discipline.
Landscape architects design and develop interpretive parks, arboretums, zoos, golf courses, playgrounds, recreation areas and farmsteads. They also design multifunctional areas for urban renewal projects, college campuses, industrial parks and new towns. Besides designing sites, landscape architects select building sites, prepare cost data, initiate long-range planning, select utility corridors and prepare environmental impact statements. When working on large projects or for large landscape architectural firms, landscape architects often specialize in one phase of the work, such as project design or administration contracts. This often requires working with engineers, planners and architects.
The Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offers a five-year, first professional degree, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.). You may elect to receive a pre-professional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in environmental design degree at the end of four years, useful for those who want to enter graduate programs at other universities. The program is one of approximately 60 professional programs in landscape architecture in the United States and Canada that are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.
The first year of study addresses the understanding of the environment and our impact on nature. This is accomplished through lectures, assigned readings and environment-related projects. At the sophomore level, students begin four years of study in landscape architectural design, and are introduced to digital design communication. Design courses involve individual and group projects. Other courses span the remaining four years and range from the History of Landscape Architecture to Contemporary Issues to construction courses. It is in the design studios that these courses are applied. Projects in landscape architecture design are often assigned much like a practicing landscape architect would receive them from a client.
In design studios, function and aesthetics of a project are carefully studied, along with the social and environmental conditions that limit the design solution. Project sites are inventoried, analyzed and summarized to develop schematic layouts and preliminary sketches. Models, diagrams and perspectives are used to investigate aspects of the design and to test the integration of all systems that are part of it-such as movement of people, building access and service points, site lighting and climatic impact. At the same time, and with equal emphasis, students study the economic, social and psychological impact of their design proposals.
Activities and Facilities
The landscape architecture program activities include:
1. Student Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Tau Sigma Delta Honorary,
2. Field trips to U. S. and Canadian cities,
3. Visiting lecturers who speak on landscape architecture and related topics,
4. Joint studio projects with architecture students and faculty,
5. Summer study programs in Europe and North America,
6. Summer intern opportunities and
7. Term Abroad Program.
Our facilities include:
1. An Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library of about 18,000 books, 70 magazine subscriptions and 36,000 slides,
2. Personal computers and output devices available for student use, along with computer-aided design and geographic information systems,
3. Photographic and graphic reproduction equipment,
4. Individual studio spaces in the second through fifth years.
5. And a well-equipped wood shop.