Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The department encourages students to practice critical thinking, creativity, analysis, and practical understanding. As a result, graduates are prepared to serve as design and planning leaders around the world and help communities increase their resilience in a rapidly changing economic, social, and ecological context. The department offers a variety of degrees to meet students’ various educational and career goals, preparing them to be leaders in landscape architectural and environmental planning practice, research, or related fields.

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Landscape Architecture. This program offers both a liberal arts oriented and pre-professional education. The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning offers a Minor in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The department also cosponsors the Sustainable Design Minor with the Department of Architecture.

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), a professional degree accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and a PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.  The MLA program is certified as a STEM discipline. The MLA requires two or three years depending on the student’s incoming background, and provides the option to specialize in landscape design or environmental planning.

Understanding the need for professionals with the knowledge and skills of more than one discipline, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning offers concurrent master's degree programs with the other departments in the College of Environmental Design. See the links below for further information:

For questions about any of the concurrent programs, contact the LAEP Graduate Office at laepgrad@berkeley.edu.

Licensure and Accreditation

The BA degree is certified by the State of California and counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (UNE), as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE) for licensure.

The MLA degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). It also counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (UNE), as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE) for licensure.

Visit the Landscape Architects Technical Committee and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards for more information about licensure in California.

The MLA program is certified as a STEM discipline.

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Lecture Series

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning sponsors a lecture series which offers students the opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed speakers. These speakers often also participate in classes and seminars as part of their visit to campus. For a schedule of speakers and events in this lecture series, see the College of Environmental Design (CED) website.

Undergraduate Programs

Landscape Architecture: BA, Minor
Sustainable Design: Minor (offered in conjunction with the Department of Architecture)

Graduate Programs

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning: MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture); PhD

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Courses

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Danika Cooper, Assistant Professor. Landscape architecture.

Iryna Dronova, Assistant Professor. Urbanization, remote sensing, spatial analysis, urban heat exposure, green infrastructure, resilience, restoration, wetland and urban landscape ecology.
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Kristina Hill, Associate Professor. Urban planning, urban design, urban ecology, surface hydrology, groundwater, sea level rise, climate change, adaptation, adaptation to flooding.
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Richard L. Hindle, Assistant Professor. Patents, landscape architecture, ecology, technology, innovation, fabrication, horticulture.
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Walter J. Hood, Professor. Urban design, community development, landscape architecture, environmental planning, landscape design, citizen participation, design of architecture and landscape.
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G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor. Ecological restoration, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, environmental geology, environmental impact assessment, riparian zone management.
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Karl Kullmann, Associate Professor. Landscape and urban design, landscape and urban theory, digital representation .
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Professor. Urban design.
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David Meyer, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Louise A. Mozingo, Professor. Urban design and planning, design history, social and cultural factors in landscape design.
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John Radke, Associate Professor. City and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, geographic information systems, database design and construction, spatial analysis, pattern recognition computational morphology.
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Chip Sullivan, Professor. Garden history, symbolism, creative and imagination development, perceptual engagements, inclusive methods and mediums to express landscapes.

Lecturers

Joan Chaplick, Lecturer.

Agostino Di Tommaso, Lecturer.

Daphne Edwards, Lecturer.

Daniel S. Iacofano, Lecturer.

Kelley D. Lemon, Lecturer.

Nathan Lozier, Lecturer.

Kimberlee Stryker, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children_ _s environments, housing for the elderly.
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Randolph T. Hester, Professor Emeritus.

Linda L. Jewell, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, landscape architecture, environmental planning, landscapes and structures, on-site design decisions, site planning, sustainable construction.
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Raymond Lifchez, Professor Emeritus.

+ Joe R. McBride, Professor Emeritus. Urban forestry, forest ecology.
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Michael Southworth, Professor Emeritus.

Robert H. Twiss, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-9335

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Department Chair and Head Graduate Adviser

Elizabeth Macdonald, PhD

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-2965

emacdon@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

C. Greig Crysler

354 Wurster Hall

crysler@berkeley.edu

Landscape Architecture Major Adviser

Omar Ramirez

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0926

oramirez@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Jessica Ambriz

206 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2965

laepgrad@berkeley.edu

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