About Landscape Architecture

About Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture degree program at the University of New Mexico is committed to the investigation of principles and theories of Landscape Architecture, their application as tools for critical thinking and their synthesis in design and practice. The program prepares students to apply these tools in a larger world context of social, cultural, environmental and evolutionary influences on the landscape.

History

Landscape Architecture courses have been taught in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico for more than 25 years. In 2000 the graduate Landscape Architecture degree program took its place alongside Architecture and Community & Regional Planning. The program has been fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board since 2003. LAAB Public Information on student achievement, costs and retention is available here.

The program owes much to John Brinkerhoff Jackson, one of the twentieth century's most prominent cultural historians. Mr. Jackson, who lived nearby in La Cienega, New Mexico, was enthralled with the New Mexican landscape and drew upon his experiences here throughout his teaching career at UNM, Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. A prolific writer, J. B. wrote extensively about New Mexico landscapes and settlements and edited the journal, Landscape, thereby furthering the field of Landscape Architecture. Mr. Jackson chose to leave his legacy in the form of an endowment to the School of Architecture and Planning, and his legacy is being honored by building research, scholarship and teaching excellence in landscape architecture at the University of New Mexico.