The School of Landscape Architecture is Distinguished by:
- A commitment to progressive landscape architectural and socio-ecological ideas, agendas, and attitudes pursued through a wide array of design frameworks and techniques.
- A commitment to embracing and leveraging digital technologies in the pursuit of more sophisticated landscape analysis, synthesis, and design development.
- Core and affiliate faculty committed to the rigorous, systematic development of new ideas and skills necessary to educate future leaders of the discipline.
- Studio culture with low student to faculty ratios that allow for critical discussion of ideas as well as instruction of techniques critical to the tasks at hand.
- Award winning facilities including multiple ‘maker’ spaces affording students and faculty easy access to technologies increasingly influencing contemporary practices.
- A cross-disciplinary ‘ethos’ whereby faculty and students are encouraged to continuously make new partnerships across campus as well as the region.
- A robust student culture in which students work across courses and cohorts in order to raise the level of dialogue and design.
We are not residential landscape designers.
- We work across a wide range of scales from very small site conditions to regions, but we do not offer any sort of specialization in residential landscape design or residential design/build landscape design. We realize this is a type of practice that landscape architecture is often associated with, but our focus is directed at the larger, more complex systems that landscape architects are increasingly involved in.
Intercollegiate + Interdisciplinary
At UT, you have the opportunity to study landscape architecture in an innovative and exciting interdisciplinary degree program that utilizes the strengths and expertise of the College of Architecture and Design, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and related colleges and disciplines to build an educational experience that critically addresses design, sustainable practices and ethical stewardship of conserved, rural, and urbanized landscapes.
The School fosters community partnerships while providing educational, technical, and cultural support to increase the livability of communities. These partnerships with local and regional industries and governments include the Tennessee Valley Authority, National Park Service, Department of Energy, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Forest Service.
The Educational + Physical Environment
Knoxville and the state of Tennessee serve as a laboratory for design students at UT, offering opportunities to explore both regionally relevant approaches to sustainable civic, urban, and landscape design plus stewardship across a spectrum of urban, suburban, rural, restored, preserved, and managed resource landscapes.
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Mission and Values
At the University of Tennessee, we educate future landscape architects by prototyping cultural and ecological conditions that are imaginative, innovative, and instrumental.
- Educate students through a design-centered, intercollegiate curriculum, preparing them to be leaders as landscape architectural professionals and researchers
- Create an environment of cultural and intellectual diversity
- Promote an ethic of environmental and cultural stewardship, sustainable practice and critical thinking as a means to achieve exemplary research, planning, design and management of developed and naturally occurring landscapes
- Enhance public health, safety and welfare in Tennessee and beyond
- Advance the professional and disciplinary knowledge base of landscape architecture