What Distinguishes Us Why should you choose Landscape Architecture at UT?
We are guided by the following:
- We believe in DESIGN as a core competency for landscape architecture. We are not engineers. We are not restoration ecologists. We are not social scientists.
- We embrace COMPLEXITY and STRATEGY. In order to be effective in the complexity of the contemporary landscape, designers must operate strategically.
- We harness TECHNOLOGY. We believe that contemporary digital practices are reshaping landscape architectural practice. Our faculty are committed to the incorporation of advanced digital tools in all areas of our curriculum.
- We are committed to MAKING. We leverage our position and resources in the College of Architecture and Design to pursue making as a form of design thinking.
- We COLLABORATE. Complex projects require trans-disciplinary interactions. We pursue collaborations with other disciplines whenever possible.
- We SUPPORT. Students and faculty continuously work together in a tight-knit culture in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
- We educate DISCIPLINED PROFESSIONALS. Landscape architecture is more than a technical practice. A critical cultural practice must be informed by disciplinary history and contemporary theory.
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We are not residential landscape designers.
The origins of landscape architecture in North America is rooted in complex, public works projects. While we do not avoid engagement with smaller sites, we feel that the discipline’s true potential at this time is through engagement with URBANIZATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, and ECOLOGY. At UT, we feel the landscape architect’s ability to operate fluidly across scales from site details to infrastructural systems is unique among the design disciplines.
Intercollegiate + Interdisciplinary
At UT, you have the opportunity to study landscape architecture in an innovative and exciting interdisciplinary degree program that uses the strengths and expertise of the College of Architecture and Design, the Herbert College of Agriculture and related colleges and disciplines. You’ll build an educational experience that critically addresses design, sustainable practices and ethical stewardship of conserved, rural and urbanized landscapes.
We foster 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 Tennessee Valley Authority, the 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. Check out more about Knoxville.
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