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Current Research

The Department of Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the Department of Conservation Social Sciences, is leading the University of Idaho’s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative. The collaborative project is funded by a five-year, $1.6 million grant to establish an academic program in bioregional planning and community design, provide community outreach, and develop professional training to promote sustainable futures.

Other landscape architecture faculty research interests include:

  • GIS applications in land planning
  • Green infrastructure and storm water design standards
  • Bioregionalism and site design
  • Water conservation and harvesting
  • Sustainable sites best practices
  • Standards for open space planning in community development

Gary Austin and a landscape architecture student


American Society of Landscape Architecture, University of Idaho Student Chapter

Hands-On Experience

You have many opportunities to explore and practice landscape architecture firsthand.

  • Design Studios/Service-Learning: Collaborate with your classmates and with faculty and students from related disciplines on projects that address real-world design problems facing communities throughout Idaho.
  • Summer Study Abroad: Explore landscape architecture by participating in a six-week, 11-credit hour study abroad program in Italy or other potential locations abroad.
  • Thesis or Final Project (fifth or sixth year): Choose between developing a written master’s thesis and completing a regional or urban landscape architecture project within the state of Idaho.
  • Field Trips: Take part in three- to five- day field trips to Northwest cities such as Portland, Seattle, or San Francisco to tour nationally significant landscape architectural sites and visit the offices of some of the finest landscape architecture firms in the world. You may also have the chance to attend the American Society of Landscape Architects national conference if the meeting is held in the Western region of the country.
  • Internships: Gain important practical experience with a quality summer internships at a public agency, private firm, or other organization.
  • Idaho Urban Research and Design Center (IURDC): Take part in potential collaborative urban design projects in Boise.