Landscape architects practice the aesthetic design and composition of built and natural environments. This calls for an extensive knowledge of design theory, technical competence, and a commitment to the stewardship and conservation of natural and constructed resources. Today, typical projects range in scope from residential to institutional, and in type from urban planning and design to restoration of historical sites and the preservation of natural ones.
The modern landscape architect must address quality of life issues, achieve the best form and function of a given space, maintain high ethical standards, and approach these tasks from a global perspective. In addition, managing and understanding information, sound decision-making, and active leadership have become vital to the practice. The ability to effectively communicate and learn with professionals in architecture, engineering, traffic management, interior design, and behavioral science disciplines is also essential for the successful completion of projects.
To ensure a high standard of professional practice, California (together with 46 other states, and two Canadian Provinces) requires that individuals practicing landscape architecture must be licensed. The governing agency is the California Architects Board, Landscape Architects Technical Committee within the California State Department of Consumer Affairs. On the national level, the American Society of Landscape Architects maintains a high standard of practice throughout the country; licensed landscape architects may qualify for membership in this society.
This program is approved by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee under the State of California Architects Board to meet the education requirements for licensure in California.
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As of Summer quarter 2014, the program consists of 104 (quarter) units of required core courses and a minimum of 6 units of electives. The curriculum is structured as a sequenced series of design, technical, and theoretical courses beginning in the Summer and Fall quarters and takes a minimum of three years to complete. Approved elective courses cover special interest areas and can be taken as convenient. There are two formal portfolio reviews within the sequence. A grade of “C+” is required to successfully complete a course. Students must maintain an average of “B” to receive the certificate. Courses must be taken in sequence and for a letter grade to count towards the certificate.
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