Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is an expanding profession that is rich in scope and engaged in shaping the future of our world. Practice involves creating, conserving, and reclaiming the landscape in contexts that range from urban to pristine nature. 

The work of landscape architects addresses varied settings and includes an increasingly broad range of project types: public places and communities, educational and office campuses, active recreational parks and quiet places of contemplation, transit corridors and greenways, wetlands restoration and regional conservation planning, among others. When working with those in related professions―biologists, foresters, horticultural specialists, ecological scientists, civil engineers, soil experts, architects, and planners―landscape architects integrate solutions to complex problems through designs that are artful, functional, and sustainable.

Successful landscape architecture orchestrates relationships between the natural and built environments. The economic and social benefits of effective landscape design―creating added value―are well documented. As environmental quality becomes a global priority there is increased public expectation of better places to live, work and play.

The bachelor of landscape architecture (BLA) and master of landscape architecture (MLA) programs are fully accredited by the national Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) and nationally ranked. Undergraduate admission to Ball State University is required for application to the BLA program. The MLA program is open to any qualified student holding a baccalaureate degree who meets graduate admission criteria for Ball State University.

For students looking to pair natural and aesthetic principles to the design, preservation, and management of the land, with another major interest, a minor in landscape architecture is available.


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