Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture is a profession that combines art and science to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces. Landscape architects work collaboratively with other professionals to plan, design and manage public spaces such as urban plazas, parks, conservation areas, residential developments, gardens, cemeteries, commercial centres, resorts, transportation corridors, golf courses, corporate and institutional centres and waterfront developments etc.  They also design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas and forested land. Landscape Architects balance human use and enjoyment with environmental health to conserve our outdoor spaces for generations to come.

University of Guelph's Landscape Architecture Mission Statement

To excel at comprehensive and evidence-based education, innovation and scholarship in the art and science of landscape architecture and to prepare graduates to lead professional practice into the future.

Landscape Architecture: A Recognized STEM Discipline in Canada

SEDRD is very proud to have accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in Landscape Architecture recognized as a STEM discipline in Canada. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It represents a collection of disciplines pivotal to innovation, problem-solving, and societal advancement. STEM fields are dedicated to understanding the natural world, leveraging technology, tackling complex challenges, and applying mathematical principles in practical scenarios. 

More than an honorary title, it reflects the comprehensive blend of expertise landscape architects contribute. This designation highlights the value of scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical underpinnings of the profession – and has informed our curricula development for decades, our continued curiosities and wonderment, and the efforts our students and faculty routinely undertake at Guelph; we endeavour to train "stewards of both natural and built environments."  Our students have always sought to explore and employ an understanding of ecological systems, design that is sustainable, and create designed spaces that aid community well-being, enhance our biodiversity, and meet the challenges posed by climate change.