Landscape Architecture at Cornell University
Landscape architecture is one of the most exciting fields of study for those interested in addressing issues of critical importance to the future of our planet and its inhabitants. Through development of projects ranging from intimate gardens to parks, towns, cities and broader regions, landscape architects are poised to intervene at a wide range of scales, in myriad contexts and for multiple constituencies. As one of the oldest and most renowned landscape architecture departments in the United States, we are committed to preparing our students to become designers, researchers and future leaders who will direct teams of experts as they address issues of infrastructure, water management, sea-level rise, flooding, cultural heritage and environmental justice.
About the department
Since its establishment in 1904, the department has achieved national recognition for its progressive teaching pedagogies and forward-looking approach to the field of landscape architecture.
The department offers the only accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in the Ivy League and a minor in landscape studies for students across the university.
Graduate programs include the Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Professional Studies and a dual master’s degree track with the Department of City and Regional Planning.
Study abroad programs
The department partners with the CALS Exchange Program to provide unique opportunities for students to study landscape architecture in another cultural context at reputable partner institutions around the globe. Past destinations include Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Singapore.
As a Land-Grant college, students and faculty explore diverse landscapes across New York and sites globally through studios and research.
News & Events
As sea levels rise over the next decades for low-lying Hudson River towns, Cornell landscape architecture students offered ideas for coping with climate change and embracing the water.
Cornell researchers compared federal floodplain home buyout policies with regional programs, showing that local strategies may make these acquisitions more equitable and effective.
The 10th recipient of the Hometown Alumni Award, Caroline Williams '01 has spent the last 15 years working to improve living conditions in Utica, New York, and her nearby hometown of Remsen.