PhD in Design, Construction & Planning-Concentration in Landscape Architecture

Exploration, Research, & Mentorship

 As a PhD student with the College of Design, Construction & Planning (DCP), you develop knowledge that reaches beyond the scope of most professional practices of the built environment. 

 At UF, you find meaningful opportunities for interdisciplinary exploration and research, allowing you to customize a plan of study tailored to your interests and goals. Our distinguished faculty, comprising experts across diverse fields of study, are eager to guide you through your academic journey. 

A STEM-Designated Program

The doctoral program at DCP is officially designated as a STEM degree – and that means that your studies reflect evidence-based knowledge and technology-driven solutions:

Data science skills integrated into course content and applied research

Advanced mathematical modeling courses 

STEM-related electives 

How to apply

Admission to our Ph.D. program is granted at both the college and school or department level.

  • We encourage you to contact potential advisors early in the process, but you must apply through the graduate school for consideration. 
  • Applications are reviewed carefully by at least three Doctoral Research Faculty members for evidence of qualification. 
  • The admission decision rests with the department’s PhD committee. 
  • To comply with state law, your application must include all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé. 

Graduate certificates help you gain specialized knowledge and extra expertise to make studies truly multidisciplinary — with an impressive academic credential to go along with your prestigious MLA degree. 

  • Construction Project Management 
  • Emergency Services/Disaster Management 
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Historic Preservation 
  • Sustainable Architecture 
  • Sustainable Construction 
  • Sustainable Design 
  • Themed Environment Design 

Need help paying for grad school? Looking for guidance on writing (or formatting) a dissertation? Wondering how a Ph.D. will advance your career? The UG Graduate School and the College of Design, Construction & Planning offer extensive services and resources available to all graduate students.

Student Spotlight: Rui Hu

St. Pete Pier

Until recently, the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida consisted of just a long concrete drive with parking spots and an architectural folly at the end. The aim of the Pier’s 2020 redevelopment was to turn this car-centric waterfront area into a pedestrian-friendly public space, protect the bay’s plants and animals, and integrate the pier into the city’s waterfront park system. 

The new 26-acre park provides green space, much-needed shade, gathering spaces, and beach access. It also bolsters the city’s resilience in the face of rising sea levels and increasingly severe storm surges. This 2023 Case Study Brief was prepared by our 2023 CSI team: University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning in partnership with Ken Smith Workshop, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture, and Kimley-Horn.

Research Centers: Local Impact, Global Reach

The State of Florida, a microcosm of global concerns, faces complex challenges including urbanization, an aging population, social justice, tourism, climate change, and sea-level rise, and degradation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Ph.D. candidates in Landscape Architecture are addressing these issues through research, outreach, collaborations, and partnerships with other departments, colleges, universities, agencies, and non-governmental organizations. 




Contact Us

Dr. Yi Luo

Ph.D. Program Director

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