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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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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 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

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Paul Daniel Marriott

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Paul Daniel Marriott is national leader in historic preservation and a global expert in historic roads. As a licensed landscape architect, he has advanced heritage recognition and planning policy for cultural landscapes around the world. His views on heritage and preservation have been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and Radio National in Australia. He serves on the advisory board for the PBS heritage program “10 That Changed America” and was featured on the “10 Streets That Changed America” episode. His research was featured at the “Repton Revived” exhibition at the Garden Museum (London) in 2018 and he was invited to present on the history of scenic roads in the Highlands at the National Library of Scotland in 2019.

Portrait of Paul Daniel Marriott
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2020 SCDC + SEDTAPP Flash Symposium

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News from A&A

Recent architecture alumna awarded funding to pursue architectural lighting

Stuckeman School architecture alumna Stella Murray was named a recipient of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship to support her pursuit of a career in architectural lighting design.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Stuckeman School architecture alumna Stella Murray was recently named a recipient of the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship which supports architecture students who wish to enter


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Department of Landscape Architecture announces new hires for 2020-21

The Department of Landscape Architecture within the Stuckeman School at Penn State is expanding for the 2020-21 academic year with the addition four new faculty members.
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Architecture student places second in national portfolio competition

Stuckeman School and Schreyer Honors College student Jonathan Wong recently earned second place honors in the AIAS spring InStudio: Portfolio Competition.
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