South Dakota State University

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Basic Information

Address: 1175 Medary Ave. Brookings, SD 57006
Phone Number: (605)688-4103
Fax Number: 9605)688-6769
Chair: Pat Crawford, PhD
Dean: Lynn Sargeant, PhD

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Additional Information

Classroom Size: 15-25
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1
Admission Requirements:

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Parking Space/Availability:

Student and visitor parking are both widely available.

International Students:

We welcome international students.

Degrees Offered:

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) professional degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB):

Mission Statement:

The Landscape Architecture Program at South Dakota State University transforms students and communities through creative and applied problem-solving. We learn by doing.

Program History:

1954 - Landscape design offered as an option for Horticulture majors; first full-time faculty member dedicated to Landscape Design hired

1966 - First student graduates with an emphasis in Landscape Design

1970 - Landscape Design established as an academic program within the Horticulture Department

1974 - Landscape Architecture Club created (forerunner to SDSU Student Chapter of ASLA)

1984 - Horticulture Department renamed Department of Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape and Parks, recognizing the growing importance of Landscape Architecture at SDSU

1992 - Landscape Architecture studios in the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress building commissioned

2011 - HFLP Department dissolved, all programs absorbed under the Plant Science Department

2012 - Division of Design Task Force created to begin development of the School of Design

2015 - School of Design is created on July 1, bringing 6 design-focused programs (Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Art Education, and Landscape Architecture) from 3 colleges and 4 departments under one academic umbrella.

Fall 2015 - First students enrolled in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree program (class of 2018)

Spring 2016 - SDSU Landscape Architecture students win national ASLA Honor Award

Spring 2018 - LAAB grants candidacy status to the SDSU Landscape Architecture Program.

Fall 2019 - Two new faculty hires begin teaching for program, bringing program faculty to full complement

Fall 2019 - Dr. Pat Crawford, new director for the School of Design, joins SDSU

Spring 2020 - The SDSU Landscape Architecture program is granted full accreditation by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Program Information:

Landscape Architecture is the art of design, planning, and management of outdoor spaces for human use and habitation. Cultural and scientific knowledge are applied tothe use and arrangement of natural and man-made elements with concern for resource conservation, stewardship, and the environment. Graduates work in a wide variety of areas in the landscape industry, as designers and planners in public and private practice, and as environmental designera and manages.