Portfolio for Landscape Architecture

Applicants to the Landscape Architecture program are required to submit a portfolio.  The portfolio is used to assess your aptitude for visual thinking and design.

The portfolio contents may represent a wide variety of media, including:

  • freehand drawings
  • travel sketches
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • garden design
  • pottery
  • and other creative endeavors

as well as evidence of any knowledge of graphics software programs, such as:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • AutoCAD
  • and 3D modeling. 

The total number of works should be 10-12.  Please include a brief caption with the:

  • title
  • size
  • project intention
  • and medium of each work.

The portfolio format is flexible but the department prefers high-quality printed pages of images, spiral bound or displayed in a simple portfolio, 8.5" x 11" or 11"x 17." Please make sure your name clearly appears on all materials and portfolios submitted.

For Undergraduate Admissions, please send your portfolio to:

Professor Josh Cerra

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Landscape Architecture
440 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-4203
Email: jfc299@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-1802

For Graduate Admissions, please upload your portfolio with your application.  A hard copy of your portfolio is not required for graduate applications.  If you have any questions please contact the Director of Graduate Studies Professor Kathryn Gleason klg16@cornell.edu

If you would like your portfolio returned to you, please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

If you have any questions about portfolio content or technical issues feel free to contact the appropriate Director.