Our mission is to deploy the agency of design to address the critical issues confronting the world’s landscapes through innovative teaching, research by design and creative practice. We view every landscape as an opportunity to create a more healthy, beautiful, socially just, well-crafted and ecologically responsive world.
C. Timothy Baird, Department Chair

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.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate programs

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

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.

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Student Projects

As a Land-Grant college, students and faculty explore diverse landscapes across New York and sites globally through studios and research.

News & Events

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Celebrating the CALS Class of 2022
With the end of another academic year in sight, we’d like to recognize both the CALS undergraduate and graduate classes of 2022.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Office of Undergraduate Biology
  • Animal Science
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Cornell, is announcing a chance for Hudson riverfront communities to host the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture’s Climate-Adaptive Design Studio in...
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Climate Change
  • Water
Brita Lorentzen and Sturt Manning examine wood in the belfry of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church.


Cornell researchers and students are collaborating with community members to shed light on the role St. James A.M.E. Zion Church played in the abolitionist movement of the 1800s.
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape
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The Department of Landscape Architecture is proud to welcome Walter Hood, who will deliver the 2021 Professor Marvin I. Adleman Memorial Lecture. This virtual lecture is open to the public. Speaker Bio: Walter Hood is the Founder and Creative...
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The Department of Landscape Architecture is proud to welcome Andrew Sargeant to present at the department's Landscape Lecture Series. Speaker Bio: Andrew Sargeant, ASLA, is a tech enthusiast looking to pioneer the use of design technology for...