Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Our mission is to engage in research and teaching that will inspire and inform our profession through innovative landscape design and planning. We emphasize critical thinking about the ecological, social, cultural, and visual performance of landscape spaces and systems. Our research, practice, and curricula set high standards for analytical ability, creativity, aesthetics, and practical understanding. As a result, our graduates are prepared to serve as national and international landscape design and planning leaders, building thriving communities in a world of rapid political, economic, and environmental change.

The department faculty engages in research and teaching across a range of landscape scales from downtown plazas to wilderness areas to build inclusive, vibrant cities, construct resilient metropolitan ecologies, restore degraded ecosystems, and meet the challenge of climate change. The department particularly emphasizes the application of social and ecological science in the design and planning process, with the intent of building landscapes that responsibly serve both society and the environment in the long term.

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) offers a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Landscape Architecture. This program offers both a liberal arts oriented and preprofessional 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, (an accredited professional degree requiring two or three years, depending on the student’s incoming background), with the option to specialize in Environmental Planning, and a PhD in Landscape Architecture and 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 and MLA degrees are certified by the State of California and counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (U.N.E.) as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) 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 degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and under California regulations requires only two years of apprenticeship under a licensed landscape architect to qualify for the U.N.E. and L.A.R.E..

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

Anna Livia Brand, Assistant Professor. Cities in the American North and South, including New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
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Danika Cooper, Assistant Professor.

Iryna Dronova, Assistant Professor.
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Kristina Hill, Associate Professor.

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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John Lund Kriken, Adjunct Professor.

Karl Kullmann, Associate Professor. Landscape and urban design, landscape and urban theory, digital representation.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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David Meyer, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Louise A. Mozingo, Professor.

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.

Lecturers

Jennifer Brooks, Lecturer.

Joan Chaplick, Lecturer.

Agostino Di Tommaso, Lecturer.

Andrea Gaffney, Lecturer.

Susan Goltsman, Lecturer.

Daniel S. Iacofano, Lecturer.

Brian R. Jencek, Lecturer.

Dawn A. Kooyumjian, Lecturer.

Michael M. Lamb, Lecturer.

Kelley D. Lemon, Lecturer.

Blaine Andrew Merker, Lecturer.

Tim Mollette-Parks, Lecturer.

Paul P. Peninger, Lecturer.

Erik Prince, 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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+ Joe R. McBride, Professor Emeritus. Urban forestry, forest ecology.
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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 Faculty Adviser

Elizabeth Macdonald

202A Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-6165

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

Tony Tieu

206 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2965

laepgrad@berkeley.edu

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