Degrees Offered

BS in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is the art of planning the appropriate use of land and designing the built environment based on an understanding of natural and cultural site characteristics, human need, and sound artistic and technical competence. The scope of landscape architecture includes site design, land use, and urban planning at all scales. The landscape architect normally is responsible for the organization and placement of buildings, recreational facilities, roads, grading, and planting design.

The Temple University Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program is four-year, 124 credit-hour curriculum. It is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It was re-accredited June 2016.

At Temple you will be taught to find the appropriate functional and ecological "fit," by using a design approach and techniques that work with and protect the natural environment.

Careers in public landscape architecture include positions with regional, county, and city planning commissions, and park, recreation, housing, and transportation agencies. Private practice includes the design of recreational, residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects, as well as the overall planning of new communities. Environmental protection, historical restoration, and land reclamation efforts could also be an important part of your role as a landscape architect. Visit ASLA’s Career Discovery website to learn more about the profession and discover your path to landscape architecture.

Most states require practicing landscape architects to be licensed. The Temple program, accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), is designed to prepare you for entry into the profession and for successful completion of the licensing examination.'

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Study Abroad Options

Description -- Temple University Rome offers a semester of full-time study designed for undergraduate landscape architects students during fall semester of their fourth year. The program is comprised of four academic components: Architecture/Landscape Architecture; Liberal Arts and Italian Studies; Visual Arts; and International Business. Internships for credit are available each semester. With the exception of Italian language courses, all instruction is in English. Temple Rome is housed in the Villa Caproni, a handsome building facing the Tiber River in the heart of Rome. Just north of Piazza del Popolo and within short walking distance of the lively Spanish Steps and the beautiful Borghese Gardens, the Villa Caproni is convenient to living accommodations, shops, and historical sites. Its facilities include academic classrooms equipped with "smart classroom" technology; one of Rome's largest English-language libraries; computer labs and a wireless internet system; extensive professional visual arts and architecture studios; an art gallery; student lounges; and administrative offices.

Highlights -- The academic program is enriched by course field trips that acquaint students with the sites, artworks, monuments and festivals associated with the people and history of Italy. A regular lecture series throughout the semester on archaeology, art, architecture, culture, current events, film studies and literature supplements the academic program. Through the year, the Temple Rome Gallery sponsors exhibitions of Italian, European, and American artists working in Italy, as well as student and faculty shows. -- To learn more about Study Abroad Program click HERE.
 

For admissions and general program information:
267-468-8100
ambler@temple.edu

For specific department information:
267-468-8181
267-468-8188 (Fax)
la-hort@temple.edu
 

Financial Aid

Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students, with limited personal financial resources, to meet the cost of a Horticulture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information HERE.
 

Admission Requirements

For information about applying to the Landscape Architecture Program, visit Undergraduate Admissions HERE. In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture has a selective but diverse admissions process of its own. Review the admission requirements for your area of interest by contacting the LA-Hort Department at 267-468-8181.
 

Begin your application process HERE!
 

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BS in Horticulture

Horticulture is the profession that nurtures, produces, installs, and maintains the built landscape, and protects, restores, and manages existing and natural landscape resources.

The Temple BS in Horticulture program is a four-year, 124 credit-hour curriculum. It is built on a strong scientific foundation and includes both technical course work and hands-on learning experience. In order to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural world, you will also receive solid education in the liberal arts.

Our unique curriculum is one of the few undergraduate programs in which horticulture and landscape architecture are integrated. Our goal is to provide you with an understanding of the full range of the landscape process, which includes design, plant production, installation, and management of the urban and suburban landscape.

In your classes at Temple, you will learn the relationships between horticulture, technology, and natural ecological processes, and develop a responsible horticultural approach toward the environment.

With this knowledge, you can help to eliminate many outmoded, environmentally damaging practices such as over-dependence on pesticides, herbicides, and irrigation, and use of harmful, invasive plants.

You may find exciting professional opportunities in landscape contracting, restoration, and management; wholesale or retail nurseries; urban forestry; floriculture; public horticulture; garden restoration; and interior plantscaping. Research, teaching and extension are also rewarding areas within the horticulture profession.
 

For admissions and general program information:
267-468-8100
ambler@temple.edu

For specific department information:
267-468-8181
267-468-8188 (Fax)
la-hort@temple.edu
 

Financial Aid

Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students, with limited personal financial resources, to meet the cost of a Horticulture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information HERE.
 

Admission Requirements

For information about applying to the Horticulture Program, visit Undergraduate Admissions HERE. In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture has a selective but diverse admissions process of its own. Review the admission requirements for your area of interest by contacting the LA-Hort Department at 267-468-8181.
 

Begin your application process HERE!
 

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AS in Horticulture

During two years of study, you will learn theory, landscape plant material, and installation and management techniques. You will also participate in valuable hands-on experience.

Courses are designed to prepare you for entry into the rapidly expanding horticultural industry, primarily as a landscape or horticultural technician.

A basic understanding of the art and science of growing and handling plants (perennial and annual flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, and turf), combined with a knowledge of basic design, will equip you for a variety of interesting jobs.

There are many career opportunities: nursery or greenhouse superintendent, landscape or maintenance contractor, estate/garden/groundskeeper, florist, garden designer, interior plantscape, and horticultural therapist.

General Horticulture Option
This option in the Associate's Degree is for students interested in developing a well-rounded background in all areas of horticulture or specializing in a particular area of interest such as floral design, integrated pest management, or arboriculture.

Horticulture Business Option
This option in the Associate's Degree is for students interested in developing a background in landscape horticulture and in business.
 

For admissions and general program information:
267-468-8100
ambler@temple.edu

For specific department information:
267-468-8181
267-468-8188 (Fax)
la-hort@temple.edu
 

Financial Aid

Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students, with limited personal financial resources, to meet the cost of a Horticulture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information HERE.
 

Admission Requirements

For information about applying to the Horticulture Program, visit Undergraduate Admissions HERE. In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture has a selective but diverse admissions process of its own. Review the admission requirements for your area of interest by contacting the LA-Hort Department at 267-468-8181.
 

Begin your application process HERE!
 

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Minors & Certificates

Students in all Temple Colleges, Schools, and Departments, may choose from a variety of minors and certificates offered through the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design. These minors and certificates are related to planning, community development, ecological design, and environmental sustainability. They offer students an opportunity to pursue courses which deepen their understanding of these concepts without taking all the courses necessary for a major. They may also allow undergraduates to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, landscape architecture, horticulture, or related fields.
 

Interdisciplinary Minors Include:     

Minor in Ecological Planning and Design -- Students pursue courses which deepen their understanding of the concept of ecological planning and design. That is, they learn a process of decision making that ensures that development is compatible with natural resources and processes and that takes into consideration social, political, economic, and governance factors to achieve sustainable outcomes. This prepares students for lifelong contributions to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. -- Learn more HERE.

Minor in Sustainable Food Systems -- Students investigate the complexities of food systems through an interdisciplinary approach that includes horticulture, planning, and public health.  Students explore the relationship of farmland preservation, food production practices, and supply alternatives that improve local economies, reduce energy consumption, lower environmental impact, and ensure widespread access to affordable and healthy food.  This prepares students to contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities in which they live and work and strengthens students' preparation to work as professionals in environmentally-oriented fields or as citizen activists. -- Learn more HERE.

Minor in Environmental Horticulture -- Students complete courses related to horticultural concepts and practices which allow them to develop an understanding of the science and practice of protecting, restoring, and managing existing and natural landscape resources. -- Learn more HERE.

Minor in Landscape Studies -- Students complete courses that deepen their understanding of the relationship between the natural landscape and the human-made environment, but without the professional focus of the bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. The minor prepares students for lifelong contributions as informed, civically-engaged, and environmentally-conscious citizens. -- Learn more HERE.
 

Begin your application process HERE!
 

Undergraduate Certificates Include:

Certificate in Landscape Plants -- This credit certificate provides a brief introduction to the areas of horticulture and an intensive learning experience in both woody and herbaceous landscape plants. Learning the names and usage of plants provides a deeper understanding for anyone interested in gardening and landscaping. For the professional, it provides the essential knowledge of plants needed to design high-quality landscapes for clients. For the hobbyist, it provides information that enriches the gardening experience. -- Learn more HERE.

Perennial Garden Design -- This credit certificate provides information that enriches the residential planting design experience. Certificate courses provide learning experiences with fundamentals of horticulture, herbaceous plants, and planting design. The skills necessary for a well-designed and maintained residential perennial garden will be gained from learning plant identification, cultural conditions, and appropriate use of plants and planting design. -- Learn more HERE.

Certificate in Environmental Sustainability -- Students who are interested in the environment and in learning how to impact the world around them positively should enroll. This certificate provides students with the basic knowledge needed to evaluate environmental problems and to draw ecologically- and economically-sound connections between environmental needs, policy issues, and current research. -- Learn more HERE.

Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems -- Students investigate the complexities of food systems through an interdisciplinary approach that includes horticulture, planning, and public health.  Students explore the relationship of farmland preservation, food production practices, and supply alternatives that improve local economies, reduce energy consumption, lower environmental impact, and ensure widespread access to affordable and healthy food.  This prepares students to contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities in which they live and work and strengthens students' preparation to work as professionals in environmentally-oriented fields or as citizen activists. -- Learn more HERE.
 

Application Process

Begin your application process by following these simple steps. -- Non-degree seeking and visiting students interested in taking classes at Temple University Ambler and Temple University Fort Washington should fill out application form HERE -- The registration deadline for Fall 2016 is: Wednesday, August 24, 2016. You must fax your transcript to 267-468-8255 in order to complete the process.  After your transcripts are received, you will receive a notification about your registration status.  If everything is in order, you will receive instructions about paying for your courses. For further assistance contact Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department at 267.468.8181
 

Financial Aid

Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work-study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students with limited personal financial resources to meet the cost of a Landscape Architecture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information.
 

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MLArch in Landscape Architecture

The Temple University Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art is pleased to offer the Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.Arch.) with an emphasis in ecological landscape restoration.

 

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Program Mission

The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture programs at Temple University are committed to excellence in ecologically based education. The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLArch) program aims to integrate ecosystem and design principles in order to restore degraded landscapes.

Students apply scientific knowledge of landscape restoration, native plant communities and local ecosystems to transform vacant lots, brown fields and suburban sprawl into creatively designed parks, campuses, gardens, and neighborhoods.

 

Program Description

The Master of Landscape Architecture in the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design has an emphasis in ecological landscape restoration. It provides graduates with the knowledge to make informed and creative environmental design decisions. Graduates are highly marketable and have the basic skills required of professional landscape architects, including design, computer graphics, horticultural knowledge, technical competence, and knowledge of restoration.  

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) describes landscape architecture as a profession encompassing “the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments.” Program objectives are toeducate students to become capable practitioners with knowledge of a specialty area of the discipline; educate practitioners who are trained to think critically and creatively about each ecological situation; and develop a body of knowledge through research, long-term monitoring of restored landscapes, and comparison of methods upon which current and future professionals can draw. (Note: For information on licensure and professional practice as a landscape architect, go to asla.org)

Landscape architecture is a professional discipline that is receiving wider recognition as an environmentally focused profession whose mission is to promote environmental balance and human well-being through sustainable design. Ecological landscape restoration, the emphasis of this Master of Landscape Architecture degree, has emerged as a critical dimension of landscape architecture over the past few decades.  This is in response to the enormous negative impact that human activity has had on our environment resulting in ecosystem degradation. Landscape restoration increases local and regional biodiversity and mitigates potentially dangerous consequences of degradation through projects such as stream bank stabilization, created wetlands to help infiltrate storm water, mine reclamation, industrial brown field remediation, and reforestation of urban land. Understanding the ecological processes and natural history that constitute a site is fundamental to the design process.

The U.S. Department of Labor cited landscape architecture as a top growth profession through 2016. Organizations related to the profession indicate that the number of graduates from professional degree programs is insufficient to meet current or projected demand.  Temple University's location in the tri-state region supports professional opportunities for graduates. This area has a very high concentration of prominent landscape architecture firms, public agencies, and ecological restorationists.

Temple University is ideally situated to sponsor a program in Landscape Architecture. The Temple University program can draw upon the repository of local ecological landscape restoration examples and practitioners existing in the Philadelphia region.  Furthermore, the undergraduate programs in horticulture and landscape architecture at Temple have been intertwined since their establishment and emphasize field knowledge, hands-on experience, and application of science in the landscape setting. 

Likewise, the master’s program is distinguished from other graduate landscape architecture programs by integrating ecosystem knowledge directly with design: The program’s curriculum is modular, integrating scientific knowledge of ecosystems with design and field experience. Each semester has a particular ecosystem focus and application. For example, the woodland ecosystem semester includes an ecology course on northeastern forests and a woodland design studio in which the scientific concepts are applied to a design project.

Accreditation by the National Landscape Architecture Board: The Master’s program has been structured to be an accredited program from the licensing body of the discipline, Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). This provides more credibility and job opportunities for its graduates. The Master of Landscape Architecture program received full accreditation for six years in March 2013. 

 

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Admissions and General Information
Dixon Hall 201
Ambler Campus
mlarch@temple.edu
267.468.8181

Chairperson
Baldev Lamba
Dixon Hall 201
Ambler Campus
mlarch@temple.edu
267.468.8181

Note: Applications for admission for Fall 2017 are being accepted for students who have an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture AND for those who do not.

For information contact:
Office of Academic Advising and Career Development
West Hall 109
Temple University Ambler
267.468.8200
tuaadvis@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/ambler/advising
 

Financial Aid

Temple University is committed to working with students and parents by providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs, and scholarships. Temple Financial Aid & Scholarships helps make it possible for qualified students with limited personal financial resources to meet the cost of a Landscape Architecture education. For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Student Financial Services HERE. The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department offers more than 27 scholarships and awards totaling approximately $51,000 to students each year. Visit the Landscape Architect and Horticulture Awards & Scholarships page on this website for more information HERE.
 

Admission Requirements

For information about applying to Master of Landscape Architecture Program, visit Graduate Admissions HERE. Non-Matriculated Student Policy: A maximum of 9 graduate credits can be taken at Temple University prior to applying to the program. In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture has a selective but diverse admissions process of its own. Review the admission requirements for your area of interest by contacting the LA-Hort Department at 267-468-8181.
 

Begin your application process HERE!
 

 

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