About Landscape Architecture

A group of landscape architecture students at Pine Lake

Landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota prepares students for careers as engaged designers able to tackle the complex challenges facing urban, suburban, and rural environments. The diversity of landscapes you study in our programs are critically related to issues of ecology, climate change, and urban resilience and will provide you with a highly versatile and globally applicable background upon graduation. We utilize the incredible physical settings of the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, including the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Watersheds, to examine how problems like climate change and water quality, scarcity, and management affect our communities.

Degree Options

Our faculty will not only help you develop your personal focus, but connect you with the established practice community in the Twin Cities. We utilize a mix of adjunct and full-time instructors in both programs. Many of our adjunct instructors are alumni of our programs and current practitioners, who bring their first-hand practice experiences and direct connections with industry to the classroom.

Landscape architecture student showing parts of a map
What Students Say

“The Landscape Architecture program has allowed me to discover my own passions and goals as a designer and as a nature lover. Their collaborations with other disciplines and with community groups have given me the ability to think critically and design creatively, preparing me for the unknown future ahead.”

—Jordan Hedlund (BED '16, Landscape Planning; Masters of Landscape Architecture '21)

Career Possibilities
Research and Creative Scholarship

The flexibility and breadth of our landscape architecture programs will allow you to pursue unique experiences and customize your degree to fit your specific career goals. Our faculty members represent a network of different focuses in academia as well as the public and private sectors and take pride in helping students find their own unique approach to the field.

We also have one of the largest student-practitioner mentoring programs of any North American design college, which underscores the strong ties between the college and talented local practitioners. Many firms based in Minneapolis and St. Paul employ or are run by alumni of our programs—some of whom also teach as adjunct faculty. This network extends globally to the international students we attract; the communities, sites, and initiatives we engage; and alumni we send out to create around the world.

Landscape Architecture in the Twin Cities

Industry connections and community

The Twin Cities area and the State of Minnesota are amazing resources for personal and professional growth. We have a thriving professional landscape architecture community with many diverse models of practice, from traditional consulting to non-profit organization leadership to state and local government practice. We also have great examples of built landscapes, including one of the best public park systems in the world. 

Beyond the metro area, we connect with greater Minnesota and the region through studio courses and projects in other Great Lakes cities. Through our programming, you will have the opportunity to tackle pressing societal problems related to providing clean water, developing equitable societies, and more.

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Our landscape architecture faculty take a pluralist approach to their work. Based on their active research and projects, landscape architecture can mean traditional practice, historic research, or future-focused work on sustainable materials and environmental policy focused on the arts and social justice. Regardless of your passion, the strong faculty-student bonds within our program ensure that you will have space and support to pursue it.

Landscape architecture student and faculty discussing work in studio
Outside scene rendering by McMahon
Landscape Architecture Stories

Making Space for Emotion: Gardens of Pain and Joy is not your average landscape architecture design studio. Taught by Professor Rebecca Krinke, this innovative course teaches students how to intentionally design spaces that acknowledge feelings and share them.