Welcome to SEDRD

The University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together major academic fields concerned with creating strong communities, in Canada and around the world. The School has six programs: Landscape Architecture (BLA and MLA), Rural Planning and Development (M.Sc. and MPlan), Capacity Development and Extension (M.Sc), and a PhD program in Rural Studies. SEDRD reflects the imperatives in building authentic communities where planners, leaders, communicators, landscape architects, the citizens and politicians all play important interdependent roles in community strength.

Landscape Architecture

Combines art and science to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Rural Planning and Development

Conducts interdisciplinary research and guides processes of change in rural communities.

Capacity Development and Extension

Supports communities in Canada and around the world through learning, advocacy and communication.

Rural Studies

Explores the components for capacity development, design and planning of landscapes and rural communities.


4 days 6 hours ago

RT : Congratulations to Alumna Virginia Burt on her CSLA award for landscape architecture. UofG LA is proud! https://t.co/xd4eV4cvFM

5 days 3 hours ago

What do caribou, ravines, urban trees, place empathy & Burning Man have in common? All part of the MLA conf, 27March https://t.co/L2BEBm068O

1 week 3 days ago

“Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda…” by SEDRD's https://t.co/gqMiFmejdQ