BERKELEY’S DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING IS KNOWN FOR THE DESIGN OF COMPELLING SPACES THAT PROMOTE ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY AND SOCIAL EQUITY.
The Department has produced both leading practitioners and cutting-edge research in the field since its founding in 1913. Our program focuses on the design, management, renewal, and restoration of landscapes across a range of scales, from urban plazas to wilderness areas. We teach students to apply social and ecological sciences and harness their knowledge of plant and construction materials, to design, plan, and build landscapes that responsibly serve both society and the environment in the long term.
Field study is an important supplement to the classroom, and thus as part of their experience students attend community meetings, stomp through streams, characterize urban vegetation, visit construction sites, and sketch Bay Area landscapes. With the aid of research and endowment funds, our field studies have included projects throughout California and theU.S., Mexico, Egypt, France, Portugal, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Ecuador, and China.
Our multidisciplinary faculty have backgrounds in design, science, and planning, grounded in an understanding of urban landscape evolution. Their research includes the design of innovative public spaces from small scale green spaces, streetscapes, and public plazas and parks, to planning for ecological infrastructure, resource-efficient community design, urban forestry and environmental restoration, and landscape ecology. Drawing upon the rich resources of the Berkeley campus as a whole, the department prepares students for leadership positions in private design firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Our graduates also hold teaching positions at leading institutions around the world.
Please join us for an adventurous intellectual experience!