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

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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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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Stuckeman Shop

The Stuckeman Shop – primarily supporting architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design students – provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas


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Faculty Spotlight

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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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Jan 24

2022 Stuckeman School Career Day

HUB-Robeson Center
The Stuckeman School Career Day is a vibrant event that enables professional firms to interact directly with the School’s award-winning students. The event presents a

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Stuckeman Collaborative Design Workshop: "Dynamic Teams"

3rd floor, Stuckeman Family Building
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Jan 30

Facilitated by Stuckeman School faculty and students, this is the second installment of the school's ShareMaking Collaborative Design Workshop Series. The "Dynamic Teams" workshop revolves


Art After Hours: Black History at the Museum

Palmer Museum of Art
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Feb 24

Celebrate Black History Month and learn more about Black artists represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Enjoy a variety of gallery and art-making activities inspired by these artists and designed


Art After Hours: Penn State Creates

Palmer Museum of Art
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Mar 24

The Palmer Museum celebrates creativity across the University with a second annual virtual student exhibition, Penn State Creates. Join us for an in-person reception for student participants and


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News from A&A

Connecting community and fostering entrepreneurship through design

Penn State architecture alumni Jason E. Smith and Marilia Rodrigues, of Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake, were design leads on the Innovation Hub building in downtown State College.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – It might be difficult to pass by the newest building on South Burrowes Street in downtown State College and not think it looks more than a


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Architecture professor co-edits book on building science, technology research

A new book co-edited by Rahman Azari, associate professor of architecture, offers a variety of perspectives and first-hand experiences from scholars and experts in building science
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A&A students use SEN grants to support their educational and career goals

Eleven College of Arts and Architecture students received Student Engagement Network grants this fall to fund a range of projects including a play, a film, travel, and more.
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