Program Details

Penn State’s B.L.A. undergraduate curriculum and our M.L.A. graduate curriculum are both accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The mission of LAAB is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs. LAAB establishes standards that ensure that current and future practitioners understand, obtain and maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice landscape architecture in the future.

Programs accredited by the LAAB are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.

Students in the B.L.A. program in the Stuckeman School at Penn State can complete the degree in 4.5 years (139 credits). Students in the M.L.A. program can complete the degree in three or fewer years, depending on whether they have a professional undergraduate degree or majored in a non-affiliated program.

Both Penn State’s B.L.A. and M.L.A. programs meet educational requirements for licensure eligibility in every U.S. state and territory as shown here.

As with other professionally accredited landscape architecture programs, Penn State’s B.L.A. and M.L.A. undergo accreditation review every six years. The B.L.A. was most recently reviewed in spring 2017, and obtained glowing praise from the accreditation team. Our M.L.A. program was most recently accredited by LAAB in spring 2020, and the next accreditation visit for both programs is scheduled for spring 2024.

More information on LAAB can be found via

Program Information

Updated March 2023 & December 2023

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Awards and Student Accomplishments

Our nationally-renowned department is recognized for student-centric educational excellence and innovative research. The department enjoys a fine reputation for scholarship produced both by individuals and by teams and research centers.

Following are a few recent achievements of our programs’ students.


Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar Program

  • Graduate Olmsted Scholar (one chosen nationwide): Keith Faminiano
  • Undergraduate Olmsted Scholar Finalist (three chosen nationwide): Olivia Krum

Landscape Architecture Foundation


National Udall Scholar

  • Undergraduate Udall Scholar (30–40 chosen nationwide): Olivia Krum

Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarship


PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards


PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards

  • Bike to School
    Jiafeng Deng, Honor Award, Analysis & Planning Category
  • Le Pont
    Jiafeng Deng, Honor Award, General Design Category
  • Sensory Path
    Fahemi Farhadi, Merit Award, General Design Category


Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar Program

PA–DE American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards


National Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Award



National ASLA Award


  • Broadway Avenue, Beechview (Pittsburgh, PA): Green Infrastructure Concept Plan
    Lauren Shoats, Honor Award, General Design Category
  • Future Ground: The South Area of the Philadelphia Zoo Masterplan
    Tongtong Zhou, Honor Award, General Design Category


National ASLA Award




National ASLA Award


  • Revival of the Wooland Ave. Corridor, Pittsburgh, PA
    Christopher Chiampi, Honor Award, Community Service Category
  • Flexible Futures, Sullivan County, PA
    Christoper Maurer and Michael Humes, Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category
  • Connect5, Mang’ula, Tanzania
    Sean Lyons and Chris Maurer, Merit Award, Analysis and Planning Category
  • Examining Sustainable Development Options in Jersey Shore: A Community Engaged Process, Jersey Shore, PA
    Preston Linck, Kirsten Hardy, Thomas Kyd, and Dina Mahmoud, Merit Award, Community Service Category
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Alumni Spotlight

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Demetrios Staurinos

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.