The undergraduate Landscape Architecture degree program received its initial professional accreditation from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) in 1978. Our most recent accreditation review was successfully completed in May of 2018. We remain the only accredited undergraduate Landscape Architecture program in the University of California system.
We strive to prepare our students to be future leaders in landscape architecture. Our program offers students a well-rounded, general education, while, at the same time, providing the skills and technical expertise necessary for a professional career. The curriculum includes breadth in the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, to help students understand the complex relationships between human cultures, the built environment and natural systems. Our design philosophy, present throughout our coursework, is to increase the quality of life through the development and preservation of landscape design and planning processes that are meaningful, relevant and sustainable. Meaningful in that they reinforce sense of self, sense of place, and sense of community; relevant in that they provide solutions to environmental problems rather than contributing to them; sustainable in that they embody long-term, permanently beneficial relationship between human culture and the physical/natural environment.
If you are interested in learning more about the profession, we recommend you visit: American Society of Landscape Architects - Your Path to Landscape Architecture. Our 2008 alumna, Laura Podolsky, gave the following talk about the profession in general.
September 21, 2020
This past June, Professor and Associate Dean, Patsy Eubanks Owens, had a new book released by Routledge. Titled, "The Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion", Owens, senior editor and contributing author, worked alongside Janet Loebach, Sarah Little and Adina Cox, all of who were editors and contributing authors.
For more information on the book and its release, please see here.
September 8, 2020
Hilary Huang, a UC Davis Landscape Architecture graduate of 2020, received the Research Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). To see her work, "Learn, Play, Thrive—Design Guidelines and Toolkit of Therapeutic Gardens for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder", which was advised by faculty member Yiwei Huang, please visit ASLA's website here.
August 21, 2020
A celebration of Professor Emeritus Mark Francis' life and work, with video notes from colleagues, friends, and loved ones.