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Landscape Architecture

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The landscape architecture field recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and promises to remain a vital profession in the 21st century — in fact, employment of landscape architects is expected to increase by more than 15 percent through 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. At Ohio State, our landscape architecture program embraces a culture of design created by the interplay of environment and technology at local, regional and global scales. By immersing students in techniques and critical inquiry, we seek to provide an education that is highly practical with a clear emphasis on innovation and original contributions to the field. Our location in the Great Lakes basin, at the seam of the Appalachians and the Great Plains, constitutes a living laboratory for teaching, learning and research around contemporary issues such as resource scarcity and abundance, environmental remediation, urban revitalization and urban/rural fringe conditions.

The Knowlton School of Architecture offers the only accredited programs in landscape architecture in Ohio and is one of five institutions in the Big Ten that offer both undergraduate and graduate professional degrees. Our program has a diverse and experienced faculty representing the broad spectrum of landscape architectural practice, including adjunct faculty active in practice. Our students have many backgrounds and professional interests. Collectively, we engage in a personalized education while taking advantage of the extensive opportunities afforded by a large public research institution.

Opportunities for Students

We offer two master’s degrees in landscape architecture. The Master of Landscape Architecture-I degree is suitable for individuals with no prior training in landscape architecture and is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects as a first-professional degree. The curriculum provides students with an in-depth education in the knowledge and skills of the discipline and provides opportunities for scholarly research through studio-based learning and interdisciplinary experiences. The Master of Landscape Architecture-II degree is designed for those with an accredited undergraduate professional degree in landscape architecture. The intent of the curriculum is to enable students to broaden their knowledge of landscape architecture and related disciplines while developing a specific expertise within the field. The degree typically requires two years to complete, including the submission and defense of a master’s thesis. Students have the opportunity to take dual degrees with programs such as city and regional planning, architecture, environmental sciences, horticulture and others.


As part of the program’s commitment to students and our land grant university, we offer Design Competition Studios and involvement in community outreach programs in concert with the faculty’s research work. Notable faculty contributions include the “Source Books in Landscape Architecture,” edited by Jane Amidon, as well as John Simpson’s work on the preservation and planning of the Big Darby (a nature conservancy) and his publications, such as “Visions of Paradise: Glimpses of Our Landscape’s Legacy,” and “Dam! Water, Power, Politics, and Preservation in Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite National Park.” Deborah Georg’s research includes investigation of community “powered” ecological restoration, particularly of riparian habitat and environments along Glen Echo Ravine, and the multi-disciplinary Olentangy River Restoration project. Jason Kentner is engaged in design through competitions such as the Flight 93 Memorial Competition and “110% Juice,” selected as one of eight outstanding designs in the Architectural Society of Boston competition “WINDSCAPE” for a traveling exhibit. Jesus Lara’s research focuses on healthy cities and the design of urban environments, including the study of the benefits of open space in urban areas and its positive impact on human health and social capital.


KSA Digital Library

The KSA Digital Library’s state-of-the-art image collections support the school’s architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning curricula. Through online resources, faculty and students can access high-quality images and multimedia files for use in research, study or course work. The library’s exemplary teaching and research collections have helped establish KSA as an international resource for the study of design and planning.

Materials/Fabrication Laboratory

The M/I Homes Foundation Materials/Fabrication Laboratory is provided exclusively for students in the Knowlton School of Architecture. Woodworking and metalworking skills are integrated into design studio curricula. Students learn material properties and gain hands-on experience with construction practices using traditional equipment and the latest technology.

Wexner Center for the Arts

The Wexner Center for the Arts is strongly committed to the presentation of programs in architecture and design, including lectures and symposia organized to support exhibition programming, often in collaboration with the KSA.

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State is known around the world for pioneering visualization technology. Its charter is to apply advances in computing and visualization technologies to the processes, values and ideals of the arts. The facility uses current technology in computers, film, video and emerging media, including graphic workstations (PC, Apple Macintosh and Silicon Graphics Octane) and sophisticated peripherals.

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, an inter-disciplinary research center at Ohio State, focuses on policy-oriented work on urban and regional issues. The center provides mapping capabilities, computer and data management assistance, a working paper series, a roundtable speaker series, an annual grant program for the university community and a clearinghouse for urban-related materials, data and publications. Researchers associated with the center do contract work for community organizations and funded research projects on a variety of topics.

Neighborhood Design Center

The Neighborhood Design Center, a non-profit organization that provides planning and design services for urban communities and commercial districts, affords valuable internship opportunities for architecture, landscape architecture and planning students.