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Student work from 3rd Year 'Design with Sediment' MLA studio with Professor Brian Davis. Work by Veronica Chan MLA '18 and Thackston Crandall MLA '18

Student work by JiaMin Chen MLA '19 from Coney Island Graduate Studio with Peter Trowbridge and Mitch Glass

Student work by Parth Divekar MLA '18 from 3rd Year MLA Studio with Margot Lystra

Remote sensing image produced by Professor Brian Davis as a point cloud using an aerial drone, part of the Ambiguous Territories Exhibition and symposium at the University of Michigan


Cornell University offers accredited, license-qualifying landscape architecture degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate landscape architecture degree is the only one of its kind in the Ivy League. Both academic programs provide a sound grounding in theory and technology which is deployed through the design studio and supplemental courses that inform the design process.

Due to its unique position within the university, the Department of Landscape Architecture promotes interaction and collaboration with other academic fields, including horticulture, architecture, city and regional planning, fine arts, and the natural and social sciences.


Faculty Spotlight

Jamie Vanucchi

Jamie's research has a local and regional focus, with an emphasis on New York State urban areas and water systems and the Susquehanna watershed. She studies and designs novel ecologies and land-based infrastructures (e.g. soils, forests) that perform work for cities with minimal or alternative inputs.

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Associate Professor Josh Cerra Speaking at Design Week in Portland, Oregon

Apr 8, 2019

Professor Cerra will be a presenter during Design Week Portland on Monday evening, April 7 from 6-9pm during the panel Creative Design Solutions for Community, Infrastructure and Environment: An Evening with Michael Singer and Friends.  He will speak about the Climate-adaptive Design studio and efforts to catalyze awareness and action on climate change in municipalities in the Hudson River Estuary north of NYC. By working with municipal and community stakeholders on their vision for a future waterfront in their city through an engaged design process, the Climate-adaptive Design studio is helping communities move forward on planning for climate change now for the benefit of their citizens and the greater ecology. More information about the panel discussion and participants can be found hereRead more

New RFP Released Inspired by the Climate-adaptive Design Studio

Apr 2, 2019

Associate Professor Joshua Cerra’s Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio has worked since 2015 to link flood-prone Hudson River municipalities with Cornell University landscape architecture students to envision more climate-resilient and connected waterfront areas.  Now a new Request for Proposals seeks proposals from design firms to work with one of these cities to move climate-adaptive design ideas into design development.  Link to the RFP here.  Read more

Eight grants focus on innovation in China

Mar 27, 2019

The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty, aimed at jump-starting collaborative research and developing research teams. Read more