UGA Specific Information for Landscape Architecture

Georgia is one of the largest programs of landscape architecture in the United States, with the most diverse landscape architectural faculty anywhere. Small studio classes take advantage of the program’s considerable resources with personalized instruction and guidance. Georgia provides landscape architectural education that is distinctively broad and adaptable to today’s environmental concerns, the discipline of landscape architecture is both an art and a science, and includes the creation and management of environments that meet human needs and are ecologically sensitive. Whether practicing in urban settings or natural environments, the landscape architect’s tools blend horticultural, engineering, and artistic skills with an understanding of natural processes and a sense of stewardship.

Class of 2017*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Landscape Architect Projects:

Landscape Architects are hired for a variety of projects from residential to commercial. Listed below are just a few of the projects that they can be involved in:

  • School and college campus
  • Corporate and commercial grounds
  • Public gardens and arboreta
  • Historic preservation and restoration
  • Hotels, resorts, and golf courses
  • Hospital and other facility sites
  • Interior landscape
  • Land planning
  • Landscape art and earth sculpture
  • Monument grounds
  • Parks and recreation
  • Land reclamation and rehabilitation
  • Residential sites
  • Security design
  • Streetscapes and public spaces
  • Therapeutic gardens
  • Transportation corridors and facilities
  • Urban and suburban design


Landscape architects who work outside of the federal government need a license. As of 2010, all 50 states required landscape architects to be licensed. Licensing is based on the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.), which is sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. Candidates can take the L.A.R.E. at different times of the year in two parts—three multiplechoice sections and two graphic response sections.

Applicants who want to take the exam usually need a degree from an accredited school and 1 to 4 years of work experience under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect, although standards vary by state. For those without an accredited landscape architecture degree, most states provide alternative paths to qualify to take the L.A.R.E., usually requiring more work experience.

Currently, 13 states require landscape architects to pass a state exam, in addition to the L.A.R.E., to satisfy registration requirements. State exams focus on laws, environmental regulations, plants, soils, climate, and other characteristics unique to the state.

Because requirements for licensure vary, landscape architects may find it difficult to transfer their registration from one state to another. Common requirements include graduating from an accredited program, serving 3 years of internship under the supervision of a registered landscape architect, and passing the L.A.R.E. By meeting national requirements, a landscape architect also can obtain certification from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. That certification can be useful in getting one state to accept a license from another state.

Landscape architects who work for the federal government do not have to be licensed. For federal government jobs, landscape architects should have a bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture.

*Taken from Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Landscape Architecture Majors for the Class of 2017*

The Ohio State University | The University of California, Berkeley | The University of Georgia


*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2017 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.