LAEP's Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program provides students with a broad base of knowledge, theory and tools that enable them to enter an array of professional practice. Students benefit from hands-on learning, working with real clients on actual projects, led by an outstanding faculty who combine their teaching, research and professional experience into an exceptional 4-year degree. The program connects students with practicing Landscape Architects through the one-on-one ASLA Student Mentor Program, through lectures and projects, and through their roles as course Instructors. Opportunities afforded through the environmental field service program provide students with the opportunity for real-world planning and design experience with communities and government agencies throughout the Intermountain Region.
The LAEP Department also offers an accelerated Bachelor+Masters of Landscape Architecture (B+MLA) that provides a seamless course of study beginning with pre-graduate studies during the Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (BLA) senior year, completion of Masters of Landscape Architecture graduate studies (MLA) the following year, and conferral of both the BLA and MLA degrees concurrently upon completion.
The accelerated B+MLA allows advanced LAEP undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program within an accelerated time frame of 5 academic years. This provides graduates a further competitive advantage in the professional marketplace, fosters integration and interaction between undergraduate and graduate programs, while maintaining the expectations and disciplinary exposure of each individual degree program.The mission of the accelerated B+MLA program in Landscape Architecture is to (1) prepare future professionals to address the dynamic issues and scales of landscapes across the Intermountain West and around the world, and (2) engage in creative intellectual work that contributes to the theory and practice of landscape architecture.
LAEP's Mission Statement
Our focus is on the practical and theoretical dimensions of sustainable natural and cultural systems, social and behavioral concerns, aesthetic character and sensitivities, economics, and landscape construction. Students and faculty are engaged in design, planning, management, and scholarship addressing the dynamic issues and scales of landscapes across the Intermountain West and around the world, which include urban growth OR development pressures, diminishing resources, water scarcity, and environmental justice. We accomplish this mission in a collegial, student supportive environment of increasing diversity in collaboration with allied disciplines.
LAEP strives to prepare highly-skilled Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning students and scholars for multiple levels of professional practice while actively engaging and benefiting local communities with multi-scale design projects and the transference of applicable knowledge and research into real-world landscape design improvement.