About the Program

As one of the few programs to emphasize urban design and planning with a service-learning approach, landscape architecture at PhilaU will prepare you to be a leader in the field, reinforcing the principles and practices of sustainability at every level.

In this program, you will be taught technical skills and problem-solving techniques by our faculty of some of the top landscape architects in the world. With an emphasis on sustainability, urban design and planning, you will respond to real community and environmental issues through service-learning projects, giving you actual hands-on experience. Many projects require you to collaborate across disciplines, with community leaders, government representatives and environmental agencies, giving you professional communication skills, right from the start. You can even study natural systems and restoration techniques right here on our scenic campus, which is part of the expansive Fairmount Park system, a great resource for the program. 

Under our faculty’s guidance, students and alumni secure internships and employment with some of the most prestigious firms, such as OLIN Partnership, Andropogon, Ayers Saint Gross, Oehme Van Sweden, Jonathan Alderson and more.

Our 4+1 program offers Landscape Architecture graduates the opportunity to earn a M.S. in Geodesign with just one additional year of study.

Did You Know...

  • By 2030, 85% of the US population will live in cities. That is why our program is urban-based.
  • We are located just minutes from Center City, Philadelphia, and our campus offers easy access to Washington, D.C., and New York City.
  • All of our instructors are from acclaimed landscape and planning firms.
  • Students receive one-on-one attention from instructors due to our small design studios.
  • Our students have internships with the top landscape architecture firms in the country, which lead to employment opportunities.
  • Our lecture series features prominent professionals in the field.

Student Work


Joseph Young, Ellen Wright, Nicole Boris, Nhan Lieu

The community of Allegheny West is filled with people that have vibrant personalities, great sense of community, and a want for change. However, the site itself is not reflecting the personalities of the people.


Ian Schieve, Chris Lousos, Brandon Lansing

This collaborative project between landscape architecture students and architecture students was based on the concept on creating a sustainable community.


Darpan Patel, Vanessa Miller, Richard Cianfrani

Healthy Lifestyles: Paradise within Paradise Hugged by history and knit by culture, Paradise has the resilient will to become a role model in this neighborhood but it is restricted by these abrasive borders.


To learn more about one of our recent projects involving Professor Nathan Hommel and his students, see the short video below.

Landscape Architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of land.
- American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA