Architecture and Landscape

December 6, 2017
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Welcome to the Department of Landscape Architecture...

Our award-winning program is rooted in a studio-based teaching environment with a relatively low student to teacher ratio, which allows for a highly personal approach to learning. People often refer to it as a “family-like” setting, and we like to keep in touch with our family of more than 1, 500 living alumni working in Pennsylvania and around the globe in a wide variety of practice areas.

We are fortunate to have access to all the resources of a major university, yet we are a small department where everyone gets to know one another. In 2005 we moved into a wonderful new facility, the Stuckeman Family Building (SFB), which we share with the Department of Architecture. The SFB received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-rating. In 2007 we celebrated 100 years of landscape architecture teaching and research excellence at Penn State.

The department enjoys a fine reputation for scholarship both as individuals and as teams and research centers. Our faculty represent a full range of interests from scientific to artistic and humanistic views of the world. We are supported by a staff that knows every detail about how the program works. Our staff are the essential glue that holds everything together from addressing student and faculty needs to helping coordinate field trips and study abroad and helping arrange our guest speakers.

Degree Programs

Ph.D. in Architecture/Focus in Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA)


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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