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For the design leaders of tomorrow

Penn State Landscape Architecture is recognized for student-centric educational excellence and innovative research. Faculty represent a full range of interests from scientific to artistic and humanistic views of the world.

Design starts from day one, and in all programs – both undergraduate and graduate – students gain the skills and know-how to tackle design problems in our increasingly complex world. It’s a collaborative and supportive environment where new ideas and innovative approaches are encouraged – a place where the design leaders of tomorrow can thrive.

Degree
Offerings

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B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

The B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture immerses students in cutting-edge sustainability strategies that produce responsible and creative design for the world around us.
Landscape architecture students discussing their projects pinned up on boards.

M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

The professional M.L.A. program at Penn State equips students with the techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies to become leaders in the profession of landscape architecture.
MS in Landscape Architecture students working on stormwater draining project.

M.S. in Landscape Architecture (+Dual M.S. +IUG)

The research-focused M.S. in L.A. degree, with HDNRE, Geodesign, and IUG options, is framed to enhance the professional/scientific expertise of individuals who already hold a professionally-accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture.
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M.P.S. / Certificate in Geodesign

The M.P.S. and graduate certificate in Geodesign are online programs that prepare students to employ a unique combination of science and design to change the way we design for a sustainable future.
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Landscape Architecture Minor

Landscape Architecture is a design profession focused on natural and built environments and people’s experiences within them.

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture 2002

Demetrios Staurinos, RLA, ASLA, is an associate at OLIN, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Demetrios has received awards from, among others, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects and American Public Works Association. He is driven to improve the built environment by embellishing the “happy accidents” that occur when a thoughtful design meets the playful interactions of daily life.

Overhead view of people walking on pathway through landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Overhead view of riparian landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Large group of people enjoying a sunset gathering in an urban landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.

Our Facilities

An exhibit gallery, digital and textile labs, resource library, and workshops
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Architecture student using a metal cutter to edge a section of a structural wall.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Located in 111 Stuckeman Family Building, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library supports study and research in architecture and landscape architecture and their histories


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Computational Textiles Lab

The Computational Textiles Lab, or SoftLab, in the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing is a research group in which faculty and students examine how


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DigiFab

The digiFAB lab is the home for digital fabrication equipment that is used for design and research projects by faculty and students in Stuckeman


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Architecture student using a metal cutter to edge a section of a structural wall.

Remote Collaboration Lab

The Remote Collaboration Lab (CoLab) offers high-end large telecommunications facilities to support remote collaborative design and research.
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Architecture student using a metal cutter to edge a section of a structural wall.

Stuckeman Shop

The Stuckeman Shop provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas and transform drawings into three-dimensional objects. The Stuckeman School employs


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Faculty Spotlight

Stephen Mainzer points at a student's pinned up work while she watches at right.
Stephen Mainzer points at a student's pinned up work while she watches at right.

Stephen Mainzer

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Stephen Mainzer’s research focuses on how human and natural systems intersect to inform how we govern, plan, and access natural resources, particualrly energy resources. As a key collaborator to the E+D (Ecology + Design) research initiative, he is leading the DDREAM (Deep Decarbonization and Renewable Energy in the Appalachian Mountains) project, which attempts to explore how the socio-ecological structure of Pennsylvania might inform a transition from fossil fuels to renewable solar energy, especially in post-coal Appalachian areas.

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News from A&A

New podcast engages research to improve the world’s ecological health

A new E+D podcast series addresses the areas of biodiversity, energy, risk and hazard and water systems in order to bring light to the importance of the world.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andy Cole, an ecologist in the Penn State Stuckeman School’s Department of Landscape Architecture and the director of the Ecology plus Design (E+D) research initiative, was


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Architecture faculty project awarded Global Smart Cities Urban Innovation Award

The Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform, which was founded by architecture faculty members DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas, has been awarded the Smart Cities Urban Innovation Prize.
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Penn State mourns the loss of architecture professor emeritus, alum Lou Inserra

Louis P. Inserra, a beloved professor emeritus in the Stuckeman School’s Department of Architecture and a Penn State alumnus, died on June 16 in State College. He was 85 years old.
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