Redefining stormwater infrastructure
Prof. Nassauer secures $1.8M to develop smart, connected stormwater systems
CityLab Salutes the Best Ideas of 2016, naming bio-retention gardens #2!
The Atlantic Magazine's CityLab named the innovative project the #2 best idea of 2016. Spearheaded by Joan Nassauer, rain gardens are placed in vacant lots around the city of Detroit.
Weedy to Wonderful: National Wildlife federation commends Professor Joan Nassauer
HGTV Urban Oasis Ann Arbor house project
U-M Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Stanton Jones and a group of Landscape Architecture students helped develop a plan to transform the deep, sloped backyard of the home into a native species rain garden. This included choosing plants that could be a benefit to the ecology of the area and be a natural habitat, while also handling stormwater runoff.
Innovative gardens help manage stormwater while beautifying Detroit neighborhoods
On the former sites of vacant Detroit homes, University of Michigan researchers and their partners have built innovative gardens that help manage stormwater while removing neighborhood blight.
Access to over 8000 alumni
Landscape Architecture alumni participate in final project critiques

Landscape Architecture Program

Sustainability is at the core of the University of Michigan’s Landscape Architecture program. Embedded within the interdisciplinary School for Environment and Sustainability, this field of study offers the ideal context for training change-driven leaders in ecological design.

Here, you will learn to employ ecological principles authentically in environmentally responsible design—from the center of redeveloping cities to changing rural landscapes. Aesthetic theory, cultural engagement, ecological function, technical skill, and environmental justice all figure prominently in the program, which dynamically evolves in response to new knowledge in the environmental sciences.

Graduates of the Landscape Architecture program are known for their ability to synthesize information about ecological processes and systems, human behavior, cultural/political institutions, and urban patterns to create sustainable landscapes that work aesthetically, ecologically, socially, technically, and economically.


Our three-year accredited MLA program prepares students from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds for careers in landscape architecture. A two-year MLA option is available for those that already have an accredited degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field..

Studio experience is at the heart of the curriculum. At SEAS, studio content and pedagogy teach you to imagine and construct landscapes that not only support, inspire, and respond to myriad human needs, but that also respect and protect community traditions and irreplaceable natural systems and resources.  

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Public Information Policy

Programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. In addition these programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.

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Meet the LA Faculty

The faculty of the School for Environment and Sustainability represents the wide range of environmental specialties and teach classes that comprise a comprehensive, interdisciplinary graduate curriculum. Through the school's laboratories and related research sites, students and professional research collaborators conduct experiments across a broad range of disciplines. Outside of the class room, SEAS professors pursue ambitious research, publish frequently, and are engaged professionally and creatively.

View profiles for details on individual the research interests and teaching engagement of SEAS professors and faculty affiliates.