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.
"My experience in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program has been engaging, eye-opening, and thoroughly enjoyable. With a variety of professors and classes, we have the opportunity to explore the exciting field of Landscape Architecture in our own ways; using our ranging backgrounds to support ourselves and our peers."
—Nicole Delpizzo (Masters of Landscape Architecture, '24)
Through the Masters of Landscape Architecture program I have begun to develop a deeper understanding of the land - its forms, systems, and social and political histories. For me, this is a key to future design thinking - a mode that shifts away from a human centered world to one of land-based protection and co-libration.
—Torey Erin (Masters of Landscape Architecture, '24)
“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)
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.
The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) accreditation process "evaluates each program on the basis of its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards," to ensure the quality of professional degree programs in landscape architecture (American Society of Landscape Architects). An accredited degree, like the Master of Landscape Architecture, is required to become a licensed landscape architect in the state of Minnesota.
Landscape Architecture in the Twin Cities
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.
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.
In 1972, Clinton Navarro Hewitt was hired at the University of Minnesota and quickly promoted to Assistant VP of Planning. For the next 37 years, Hewitt would shape the U of M’s campuses across the state through dozens of landmark building projects—including Scholar’s Walk, David M. Lilly Plaza, and the Weisman Art Museum—and impact the lives of countless students and colleagues. To celebrate his career of building community and expanding the field of landscape architecture, the Department of Landscape Architecture has worked with the UMN Archives to create the Clinton N. Hewitt archive.