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School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
1938 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-4200
Master of Landscape Architecture

Under the Florida A&M University Restructuring Plan, the Landscape Architecture program will be terminated after the summer 2012 semester.
Therefore, applications are no longer being accepted.
Program Description
Landscape architecture is a profession that combines an understanding of the relationship between the natural environment and the man-made environment, creating a sensitive coexistence between them. Landscape architecture is a licensed profession in Florida and 48 other states. The national organization that represents the profession is the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Students come to the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program with either a design degree or a non-design undergraduate degree. In each degree track, applicants are reviewed individually to establish the appropriate placement based on their academic background and experience.

A first professional degree is offered to students with non-design undergraduate degrees. The curriculum requires 90 credit hours, including a thesis. The typical time frame for completion of the degree is three years.

The MLA is also offered as a second professional degree to students holding design degrees from accredited programs in the field of landscape architecture or architecture. Sixty credit hours, including a thesis, are required for this degree. The typical time frame for completion of this degree is two years.

The MLA prepares students for professional leadership roles in private practice, public practice, and academic teaching. Allied professionals with which landscape architects typically collaborate include architects, engineers, urban planners, horticulturalists, and real estate developers.

The MLA focuses on sustainable communities at the rural, suburban, and urban levels. These communities respect natural systems and built conditions and respond to social, economic, and political systems. The program is structured to incorporate practical design experimentation and scholarly research in three focus areas:

Site Design Small-scale, site-specific community spaces such as housing relationships, public parks, streetscapes, and urban precincts.

Site Planning Large-scale inventories, analyses, strategically planned phasing of commercial developments, and socially responsible incorporation of community needs in projects.

Site Presentation Identification, interpretation, and restoration of landscape spaces or environmental and cultural systems of value to specific communities.