Accreditation Advances Landscape Architecture Degree Programs

Thursday, September 6 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded initial accreditation status to the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture’s Master of Landscape Architecture professional degree.

This is a positive step for the university’s revolutionary seamless BSLA/MLA program -- the second in the nation – and for students after graduation.

“Accreditation is significant to the recruitment of qualified students, domestic and international, because it directly relates to our graduates’ ability to become licensed landscape architects,” said Stephen Drown, professor and chair of landscape architecture. “LAAB accreditation applies to both the seamless Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture for new and transfer students and the MLA program for students with a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than landscape architecture.” (The BSLA as a standalone degree is not accredited.)

The landscape architecture program has been in existence at the University of Idaho for over 40 years with an accredited undergraduate BLA degree in place from 1975 - 2011.

The decision to move the accredited degree to the graduate level was based on the desire of the faculty to have students take more coursework in the art and design core of the College of Art and Architecture, integrate emerging technologies more effectively in the professional curriculum, increase students exposure to the natural sciences and engage students more fully in the scholarship of landscape architecture and allied disciplines.
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