Established in 1933, the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida offers the only professionally-accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program in the State of Florida. It is home to the State’s oldest and largest graduate Landscape Architecture program, offering both a Masters and a Ph.D. concentration in landscape architecture. The state of Florida and its regional context offers a rich and unique learning environment for developing core competencies within the discipline while exploring current and emerging issues of urgent relevance.
The Department of Landscape Architecture together with the Urban and Regional Planning Department form the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLA&P). The School sits in the College of Design, Construction and Planning along with the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design and Building Construction.
Students enrolled in the Landscape Architecture curriculum at the University of Florida take advantage of nationally respected and internationally recognized faculty within the College and throughout the University. Faculty research interests cover a wide spectrum of practice, theory and methods, with topics focusing on areas that include sustainability, land use and resource planning, community design, tourism, landscape management, geographic information systems (GIS), historic preservation, social and behavioral issues, urban design, perception and landscape history.
Curriculum options include an eight month, professional-practice internship, focused electives for individual specialization, interdisciplinary studios and competitions, funded research at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and interdisciplinary certificates in Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Geographic Information Systems, and Wetlands Sciences. Study abroad opportunities include faculty-led summer programs in places as varied as Paris, Indonesia, Mexico, Nantucket and China. Also offered is a 12-week fall semester program in Paris hosted by the Paris Research Center.