About the Department


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Department of Landscape Architecture
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
93 Lipman Drive, Blake Hall 112
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8524
Phone: 848-932-9311
Fax: 732-932-1940
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The Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is situated within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. We are physically located on Rutgers' historic Cook Campus.

At the undergraduate level, our department includes two degree programs – an accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (LA) and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Design (EPD). At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, which is offered in three options: The accredited MLA1 serves students without accredited undergraduate degrees. The MLA2 is designed for landscape architects seeking to specialize. Our 4+1 program allows students to merge undergraduate and graduate studies.

Both professional Landscape Architecture programs are nationally accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Our mission is to provide leadership in the design and stewardship of the environment. We are committed to sustainable and resilient solutions to improve human and environmental health and well-being, for now and for the future. Our interdisciplinary approach to these solutions, which is both analytical and creative, makes us distinct within our university. We are engaging students in art, science, theory, and practice.

The Environmental Planning and Design program gives students a foundation in natural and social sciences, planning and policy, in an effort to foster ethical solutions to critical environmental issues. This program shares approaches and methodologies with Ecology, Human Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and other related programs within our school and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The interdisciplinary components of Landscape Architecture are linked together through creative design. Exploring problems through the iterative process of design makes this program unique within SEBS, this approach has more parallels to fine art than to sciences. However, our position within SEBS makes us distinctive among other LA programs which are mostly housed in design schools. This provides our students with many avenues to examine the evolution of ideas shaping the interaction of people and place, and to increase understanding of ecological communities and their integration in the designed landscape.

Most importantly, our department is more than majors and programs – it is people, activities, and ideas. We are a close-knit community that values diversity and encourages open dialogue about pressing environmental and social concerns.

History of the LA Department


Administrative Assistant (student enrollment, general information and events)
Gail McKenzie 
phone: 848-932-9311
email: gail.mckenzie@rutgers.edu

Department Chair
Wolfram Hoefer
phone: 848-932-9317
fax: 732-932-1940
email: whoefer@sebs.rutgers.edu

Undergraduate Program Director, Landscape Architecture
Holly Nelson
phone: 848-932-9313
email: hgrace@rci.rutgers.edu

Undergraduate Program Director, Environmental Planning and Design
Frank Gallagher
email: gallagher@sebs.rutgers.edu

Graduate Program Director, Landscape Architecture
Kate John-Alder
phone: 848-932-9330
email: kathleen.johnalder@rutgers.edu

Systems Administration
Marc Knowlton
phone: 848-932-8487
email: knowlton@sebs.rutgers.edu