The mission of URI’s Landscape Architecture Department (LAR) is to encourage high achievement from students through a challenging and rewarding academic curriculum. By offering a highly structured and interactive program, we foster high levels of creativity and scholarship while encouraging personal growth and discovery.
Through design, planning, and technical classes, students explore the roles of nature, culture, and community in shaping the human, built and natural environments. Our program engages students and stimulates personal growth through the use of problem solving techniques, communication tools, and participatory practices leading to a greater understanding of ethical principles, ecological values, and global awareness. As part of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Landscape Architecture curriculum provides students with a unique skill set which includes design, art, representation techniques and technology.
Through our program, students gain valuable experience working in collaboration with communities and other disciplines. Our four-year curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Our graduates find professional careers in both the public and private sectors, designing environmentally and culturally sensitive landscapes.