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The Division of Landscape Architecture

Shaping Our Environment

Landscape architects design the outdoor spaces we use every day while protecting and managing the natural environment. Landscape architects have a special commitment to improving the quality of life by designing ecologically friendly and aesthetically pleasing places. Successful and visually pleasing ecological restoration projects, parks, highways, housing developments, urban plazas, zoos and campuses all require the planning and design skills of a licensed landscape architect.

Shaping Our Environment

The Division of Landscape Architecture offers the fully accredited* Master of Landscape Architecture degree designed to help students think critically and creatively in addressing environmental issues related to human use of the land.

Graduates are expected to be versatile and ready to enter the landscape architecture profession in both public and private practice. Our students are committed to environmental ethics with strong design communication skills and awareness of changing resource constraints. Graduates of the programs are aware of effective design and planning processes, appropriate project management at multiple scales and emergent areas of design and planning research.

*The OU MLA program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB)

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Apply Now to the OU MLA Program!

We are now accepting applications for the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree for students that are interested in joining us for the Fall 2017 semester. We have a number of scholarships and Graduate Assistant (GA) positions that are available for incoming students. The GA positions are paid positions and offer a full or partial tuition waiver. Please click here for more information.

A New Two-Year Degree!

In addition to our accredited MLA degree we are also excited to announce a new 2-year non-accredited Master of Landscape Architectural Studies that will be available for students beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. While the new two-year degree does not allow students to pursue landscape architectural licensure in the United States, it does allow students to earn a graduate degree that is focused on the ability to think critically and creatively in addressing environmental issues throughout the world. This two-year degree is open to students from all over the world with undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture or related areas. The two-year degree has a focused curriculum (only 47 credits) that allows allow for flexibility with courses. Additionally, a required internship is part of the curriculum which allows students (especially international students) to work off campus during the time between semesters. Contact Leehu Loon for more information.

The MLA program also has a number of graduate assistant (GA) positions that are available to all incoming students that apply by February 15, 2017. These GA positions require the student to work only 10 hours a week supporting faculty research or program initiatives. The GA positions all come with a paid monthly stipend and either a full or partial tuition waiver. For more information about the GA positions please contact Leehu Loon

Recent News

OKCNM Marathon Model

OU College of Architecture Builds Memorial Model

With the help of the OU Creating Making Lab and faculty, MLA students built a 36 sq ft model of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon course. The course route is projected onto their base of exaggerated topography and landmarks. Read more. 

Have Lights will Travel

Professor Williams' students go into the field and learn to light monuments and landmarks first hand. The powerful LED lights in the Mobile Lighting Lab were acquired by donations from local suppliers as well as grant funding. Read more.  

OU Students Bike Tulsa River

OU Grad Students Ride Tulsa River for Ideas

 Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Architecture graduate students bike along the Arkansas River in Tulsa as research for a studio design project. Read more. Watch More.

OU MLA Alumnus Occupies the Milk Bottle Building

Brent Wall, an alumnus of the OU MLA program moves his business, LAUD Studio, into Oklahoma City’s historic milk bottle building. Read more.


OU Team Gets Honorable Mention in 2015 ULI Hines Competition

Urban Land Institute Competition Team Receives Honorable Mention

In the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition the College of Architecture fielded a team that was led by Landscape Architecture student Hejun Wen. Also on the team were Cory West (Landscape Architecture), Danyang Li (Architecure), Sam Shreder (Regional and City Planning), and Ying Zhang (Business Administration). The team was advised by Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Sarah Little. Read more.

The Night, Designed

Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Scott Williams designs, mentors, teaches, and conducts research on exterior lighting with an emphasis on design. Read more about it here.

MLA Students Earn Scholarships

Landscape Architecture graduate students were recently honored by the College of Architecture at the annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet. Read more.

Connect With Us!

For more information about the exciting opportunities in the MLA program contact Leehu Loon, ASLA, PLA, Director of Landscape Architecture.

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Programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions. To review this information, click here.

Division of Landscape Architecture, Assistant/Associate Professor

The Division of Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma seeks accomplished designers and experienced researchers who will be dedicated to growing externally-funded research, mentoring students through excellence in teaching, and assisting the College and University through service activities for a 9 month full-time position at the rank of tenured associate or tenure-track assistant professor beginning in August 2017.

Required Qualifications at the time of hire:
• At least one degree held by the candidate must be in landscape architecture
• Teaching experience with landscape architecture students
• Experience working in a landscape architecture office or evidence of a research agenda
• Ability to teach landscape architecture design studios as well as lecture core courses
• Ability to support a collegial and collaborative working environment in addition to possessing effective communication and inter-personal skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• Expertise in the built environment and ecological systems
• Record of peer-reviewed research, competition awards, or award winning practice
• Professional registration/licensure in Landscape Architecture, or a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture or related field (U.S. professional registration or a Ph.D. will be required for tenure and promotion)

The successful candidate will be a collaborative scholar and teacher prepared to work with faculty and students in the fully accredited graduate-only landscape architecture program. The candidate will have a rigorous research and/or creative activity agenda that explores opportunities for applied and theoretical research of the built environment and ecological systems. We expect faculty to develop a research agenda that attracts students and to mentor the graduate students in the program.
Qualified applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae; a statement of interest that outlines teaching philosophy, research/creative activity agenda, and service interests; and three references with full contact information and the relationship to the applicant. Those applicants considered to most closely meet the requirements of the position will be invited to provide additional information such as a concise research plan, a portfolio of work (including creative work and writing samples), and/or a teaching portfolio. All application materials may be submitted online at:
Application materials must be submitted online by November 30, 2016 to receive full consideration. We anticipate that preferred candidates will be invited to visit campus for an interview during the first few weeks of the spring 2017 semester. The search will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.
In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just south of Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Leehu Loon at