Landscape Architecture

The UNLV Landscape Architecture program is designed to prepare students for entry into the profession of landscape architecture as well as to pursue a wide range of graduate study options. It is our mission to offer a professionally accredited degree program in landscape architecture that focuses on the planning and design of healthy environments. The mission guides our commitment to education, community outreach, and the complex planning and design challenges that face extremely arid regions.

Vision Statement

The UNLV Landscape Architecture and Planning program vision is committed to creating a working and learning environment where faculty and students collaborate to promote the development of forward-thinking future leaders who have developed:

  • A commitment to nurturing social, economic, environmental, and physical health in a way that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • A rigorous expectation of what learning and success mean.
  • Innovative ideas through the use of research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • An entrepreneurial, inventive, and progressive approach to planning and design.
  • A strong understanding of the relationship between the profession of landscape architecture and the context within which it is being applied.

*The UNLV BLA vision statement directly reflects the shared values of the mission of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

What Is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture embodies the art and science of design, planning, and management of the land, including the natural and man-made elements upon it. Landscape architects plan and design places such as parks, golf courses, campuses, gardens, resorts, and transportation corridors. They also design and plan the restoration of natural places that have been disturbed by humans, such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas, and forested land. Landscape architects typically work with architects, city planners, civil engineers, and other professionals to design and build projects that value the needs of both people and our environment.

Landscape architecture in Nevada is defined by the arid landscape, importance of tourism, gaming and related activities, and a fundamentally pragmatic approach to solving problems. Most U.S. states’ landscape architecture registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board is the accrediting agency for landscape architecture degree programs. UNLV’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree is fully accredited by LAAB.


LAAB-accredited programs are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents of the State of Nevada approved a proposal in December 2010 for the School of Architecture at UNLV to implement differential tuition to the Upper Division Courses of the School’s four degree granting programs effective Spring 2012. Please refer to the Board of Regents Manual, Section 7, on Differential Fees for a breakdown of the additional costs associated with these programs. Get an overview of college costs and more specific architecture costs by selecting Advanced Search on the Tuition Estimator.

Retention Rates and Degrees Earned

Percentage of degree seeking BLA students who entered the program during the Fall 2013 semester and returned during the Fall of 2014 semester: 100 percent.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degrees Earned

  • 2013 -2014: 11
  • 2012-2013: Eight
  • 2011-2012: Eight
  • 2010-2011: None
  • 2009-2010: 14

Post Graduation Status

In 2014, 11 students graduated from the Landscape Architecture and Planning Program.

  • One student (9 percent) continued on to advanced study.
  • Four students (36 percent) were employed in private practice full time.
  • One student (9 percent) was employed in private practice part time.
  • One student (9 percent) indicated their post graduation status as unspecified other.
  • Four students (36 percent) did not participate in the post graduation survey

Additional Information

To learn more about landscape architecture, visit the American Society of Landscape Architects website.