LAR Program Overview



The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech has an established international reputation as one of North America’s leading and highly-ranked programs. Housed in the School of Architecture + Design, the program offers a 5-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a 3-year professional Master of Landscape Architecture, a 2-year advanced Master of Landscape Architecture, and PhD studies focused in landscape architecture. Non-degree students from other universities are invited to study with us for one or two semesters. VT students can also pursue a Minor in Landscape Architecture.

In 2015, the VT Landscape Architecture Program celebrated its 40th anniversary. Graduates are working in private, public and academic practices. VT LAR alumni  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.


Top 10 Reasons to Study Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech

The program prepares graduates to meet the challenges of a dynamic and complex field; equipping them with the multitude of skills and knowledge essential to success in the profession.

  1. Both the bachelor and master degree programs in landscape architecture have ranked consistently among the top programs in the nation. (Design Intelligence and
  2. VT LAR students are consistently sought after by regional and national firms for internships and full-time employment.
  3. Emphasis on integrating the art and science of design with STEM-based scientific methodologies.
  4. Community engagement on real world projects and problems.
  5. The 4th year studio alternative includes education abroad, internships, international academic exchange programs, and specialized domestic study.
  6. Student autonomy is strongly encouraged throughout the curriculum, culminating in the fifth-year independent Senior Project and the applied Graduate Thesis.
  7. Students are encouraged to take courses across the university. Many undergraduates have taken minors in Planning, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Geography, Green Engineering, Languages, and History. Graduate students can obtain dual degrees in either Natural Resources (MNR) or Urban and Regional Planning (MURP).
  8. Opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty and students across disciplines.
  9. Strong relationship with the profession – alumni, practitioners and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
  10. 100% of Virginia Tech landscape architecture students believe they are well prepared for their profession upon graduation. (2015 Design Intelligence Survey)