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.
Undergraduate students have the option of taking some of their courses on the main campus, and some of their landscape architecture, botany, and/or horticulture courses at Temple's Ambler campus. Temple runs a free shuttle bus service between the main campus and the Ambler campus. The required Ambler campus courses in the major are scheduled to coincide with the Ambler shuttle schedule. This allows students to have a great urban college campus experience while also benefiting from the hands-on learning in the arboretum and greenhouses for which the Ambler campus programs are known.
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.'
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.
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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 help 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.
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.