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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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Diversity & Inclusion Fellows

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Graduate Degree Programs

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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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Sep 29

AXP/NCARB Seminar

Jury Space, Stuckeman Family Building & Zoom
Architecture Students: Are you planning on becoming a licensed architect? Want to learn about the process and what to expect? Two professionals will visit the

Events

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Gallery Conversation: A Contemporary Artist Looks at Global Asias

An image from the Global Asias exhibition
Sep 30

Sidney Mullis, Sculptor  Join contemporary sculptor Sidney Mullis for an in-gallery glimpse of Global Asias through the eyes of an artist. Stick around following the talk to take part in more activities planned for Art


Sawyer Seminar: Sacred Cities: Mobility and Transmission

Held on Zoom. Please register.
Promotional poster for the Students of Color Welcome Event.
Sep 30

lecture by Rosalind O'Hanlon, "City of Possibilities:  Aspiration and Transgression in Mughal Banaras" Events – A Sawyer Seminar at Penn State | Fall 2021-Spring 2022


Art After Hours: Celebrating Multitudes

Palmer Museum of Art
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Sep 30

Inspired by the Palmer’s new exhibition Global Asias, this evening offers a multitude of activities and voices to illuminate our complex, diverse, and interconnected experiences in a global, contemporary world. Gallery talks, art activities, student-led tours,


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News from A&A

Fifth-year architecture student named 2021 Corbelletti prize winner

Puja Bhagat, a fifth-year architecture student and Schreyer Honors College scholar, was named the winner of the Department of Architecture’s 2021 Corbelletti Design Charrette.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Puja Bhagat, a fifth-year architecture student in the Stuckeman School and a Schreyer Honors College scholar, was named the winner of the Department of Architecture’s 2021


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Graphic design student earns honorable mentions in national design competitions

Third-year graphic design student Taylor Kuszyk has earned national recognition for her work, collecting two honorable mentions in the UCDA Design Awards and another in Graphex 52.
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Two architecture students receive Erickson Discovery Grants

Katie McRury and Natalie Walter have each been awarded 2021 Erickson Discovery Grants.
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