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Student experience

Our students (about 40 BLA and 80 MLA) take courses that range from practice-focused studios; to hands-on courses in the technical skills (like landscape construction and digital graphics); to lectures and seminars to learn the contextual background (history and theory) necessary to become as landscape architects. They bring these together in capstones, internships, and independent research. These projects allow our students to apply the knowledge they gain and to guide their learning experience.

This page gives a sense of the experience of students in the program including a few tours of the spaces where our students work and some stories that highlight the incredible opportunities our students have participated in and created for themselves. Enjoy!

Take a Tour of Gould Hall including the landscape studios

Virtual Open House Tour [PDF]

Take a Tour of Makerspaces at CBE

  • UWLA Students and Faculty Attend CELA 2024 in St. Louis

    April 10, 2024

    students at St louis Arch

    Students Nat Gregorius and Natalie Weiss (both MLA ‘24) had a great time attending the Conference of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2024 in St. Louis over Spring Break! They both presented our ongoing research with Associate Professor Catherine De Almeida, and listened to other sessions, panels, and speeches by professors of landscape architecture…

  • Drawing in Design Lecture: Chip Sullivan + Elizabeth Boults – Friday 4/5

    March 22, 2024

    Join us for our Spring Drawing in Design Lecture with Chip Sullivan and Elizabeth Boults entitled “Wisdom of Place: Recovering the Sacred Origins of Landscape”. See you on Friday April 5 at 5pm in Gould 322.

  • Furniture For Keeps: A New Approach to Sustainable Furniture Fabrication

    March 14, 2024

    Rather than the traditional approach of having students purchase virgin lumber, our department chose to source lumber from the UW Salvage Wood Program for this year’s Furniture Studio cohort. To learn more about our furniture studio course and this unprecedented practice of utilizing salvaged wood, check out our StoryMap created by MLA student Joanna Chen!

  • Visiting Georgetown’s Innovative Wet Weather Treatment Facilities

    February 6, 2024

    On Wednesday, January 24th, the Seattle 2030 District, which is part of the larger 2030 Districts Network, hosted a tour of the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station (WWTS). The Seattle network of districts is a private-public partnership composed of property owners and managers, services stakeholders, and community stakeholders. The 2030 Challenge was established by the…

  • Drawing in Design Lecture: Raven Juarez – Friday 2/9

    February 5, 2024

    INVITING YOUR INNER CHILD OUT TO PLAY: CREATIVE INVITATIONS Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy for a child to pick up a paintbrush or a crayon and simply start to create without any fear or anxiety about the blank page ahead of them? How is it so easy for them to tap into…

  • UWLA Students Awarded Top Pacific Horticulture Design Futurist Prize

    October 25, 2023

    by Chris Copeland (MLA 2025) In the summer of 2023, Pacific Horticulture held a design competition to support new planting ideas for Pioneer Park in San Francisco, CA. Working with an historic site like Coit Tower, which can attract up to one hundred and fifty thousand visitors per year, our team wanted to use this opportunity…

  • Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet with the University of Washington

    October 20, 2023

    This Early Fall, seven of our CBE graduate students from UWLA and Urban Design and Planning joined the UW College of Environment group in Ilulissat, Greenland. Bringing students and researchers to Greenland gives them a real-time view from the forefront of the climate crisis. Check out this great post from the September 2023 Scan Design…

  • BLA Design-Build featured on the Arboretum Foundation Website

    April 7, 2023

    Our Woodland Creek Design Build is featured in this season’s Arboretum Foundation newsletter. The graduating class of BLAs did an amazing job renovating the former drainage pipe. To read more great details about the students’ work, check out this article from the Arboretum Foundation website.

  • Shantol Morgan (BLA 2025) awarded inaugural LAF Ignite Scholarship

    January 9, 2023

    We are thrilled to announce Shantol Morgan, BLA 2025, is a recipient of the LAF Ignite Scholarship, joining an inaugural cohort of four students. Congratulations, Shantol!