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In 2015, the VT Landscape Architecture Program celebrated its 40th anniversary. Graduates are practicing around the globe in private, public and academic practices. Alumni from all landscape architecture degrees are influencing the design, planning and management of the built environment around the globe. The Landscape Architecture degree programs are known for their strong studio core, integrated theory and technical coursework, and community engagement. Each degree program culminates with a student-directed research project. Our graduates are well-prepared for a wide-range of professional and academic practice options.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
The five-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program (BLA) engages students in courses and extra-curricula activities that develop and hone a wide-range of skills necessary to practice landscape architecture. Combining design and design-thinking, creativity, science, problem-solving, and community collaboration, the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech guides students as they develop their skills and make their place as designers and planners of the built environment.

Minor in Landscape Architecture
Students from any department may pursue a minor in Landscape Architecture. The minor requires completion of a minimum of 19 semester hours. LAR Minor Checksheet

Master of Landscape Architecture
The Landscape Architecture Program offers Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree options at the main campus in Blacksburg and in the National Capital Region (NCR) at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

PhD - Landscape Architecture Track
The Ph.D. Program for Design Research primarily operates on the Blacksburg campus through the School of Architecture + Design. Over the past fifteen years the number of students and diversity of research activities has steadily grown resulting in an internationally recognized program, drawing students from around the globe. PhD candidates focussing on landscape architecture topics, including design education and pedagogy, work with faculty in the landscape architecture program as well as others from across the university.

Inside Architecture and Design
For over fifteen years, Inside Architecture and Design has offered high school students one of the best week-long explorations of architecture and design available. Students explore design and design-thinking in an intensive studio-based workshop. The interdisciplinary course is modeled around the curriculums of the nationally ranked programs in the School of Architecture + Design: architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture.