mission statement

Mission Statement

Since 1939 the LAEP Department has established a rich tradition of service to the Inter- Mountain West through professional education, expansion of knowledge through research and its dissemination, and service to our constituents. Our focus is on the practical and theoretical dimensions of sustainable natural and cultural systems, social and behavioral concerns, aesthetic sensitivities and engineering implementation. Students and faculty are engaged in the creative exploration, identification, analysis and appropriate resolution of design, planning and management issues. Current and future challenges include diminishing resources, expanding growth, diversification of population, increasing globalization and changing technologies. We will accomplish this mission in a collegial, student supportive environment of increasing diversity in collaboration with allied disciplines.


  • Create a process-oriented, integrated curriculum that represents the diversity of our faculty.
  • Develop relationship with cross-disciplinary faculty, including those in the Caine School of the Arts.
  • Offer a balanced curriculum in design, technical and environmental subjects.
  • Emphasize quality education in the traditional skills of the landscape architecture profession.


  • Establish a vital Rural Intermountain Planning Program.
  • Foster life-long learning.

Research and Creative Activity

  • Improve quality, production and dissemination of research.
  • Increase the number of faculty.
  • Increase the number of graduate students.


  • Continue to fund a dynamic, successful development program that will raise donations for endowed chairs, scholarships and fellowships, a guest lecture series and a study abroad program for faculty and students.


  • To graduate critical thinkers and creative problem solvers equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice landscape architecture.
  • To develop within students an understanding of, and land ethic sensitive to, the specific issues of the Intermountain West, while establishing the broader ability to practice as leaders in a complex global society.
  • Attract and retain students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and professional goals.