UC Davis Today: Sustainable design: landscape architecture

Two guys building a gazebo

Sustainable design: landscape architecture

The UC Davis undergraduate program in landscape architecture is one of the most innovative programs of its kind —and the only accredited one in the UC system. 

The goal of the program is to “increase the quality of life” in ways that are “meaningful, relevant and sustainable.” Landscape architecture involves the design and planning of landscapes and outdoor public areas and structures to achieve environmental, social and economic goals.

Through a mix of classroom and research opportunities, undergraduate students pursue their studies across a wide range of subjects, including the arts, humanities, and the environmental and social sciences. Guided by accomplished faculty and a deeply supportive learning environment, students are trained to work one day as professional landscape architects.  

In their design courses, undergraduate students get practical experience in the field. They also intern with city governments, schools and nonprofits such as the Sacramento mayor's office, Grant High School and the Trust for Public Land.

View examples of student work as well as plans developed through a studio class for the E Street project in Davis

With programs like landscape architecture, UC Davis is shaping our world with imaginative and sustainable solutions.

Landscape architecture majors Joseph Medina, left, and Brooks Taylor work on Medina's gazebo in the Hunt Hall courtyard for his team's entry in this spring’s Student Design Competition, "Those Who Live in Glass Houses...." The gazebo was built to hold bottles for light to stream through. The top five teams built and displayed their entries on Picnic Day. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo 

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