Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences [Dept. of Landscape Architecture]

Objectives and Goals

Objective Offer a spectrum of scholarly and professional degree programs that encompass the planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment.
Goals (1) Implement a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and professional masters programs to complement the existing undergraduate programs in landscape architecture, landscape industry, environmental planning, and geomatics. (2) Restructure the undergraduate professional degree in landscape architecture to educate students for leadership roles in addressing the concerns of an urbanizing and globalizing world. (3) Develop integrated advanced courses on the built environment.
Objective Cultivate a faculty that leads scholarship on the built environment.
Goals (1) Produce innovative research that is recognized by peers in the design disciplines. (2) Present work at national and international conferences. (3) Provide leadership in transdisciplinary collaborations with other researchers at Rutgers or other institutions. (4) Create a University-wide platform for that allows researchers—including faculty, staff, and students—to collaborate on projects that will develop innovative strategies to enhance the long-term sustainability of the built environment.
Objective Provide instruction in spatial analysis and spatial problem solving that engages ecological, social, and aesthetic concerns.
Goals (1) Create curricula that expose students in all programs to a range of geographic conditions that include: urban, suburban, rural, ex-urban, and natural environments. (2) Practice and demonstrate design as a compositional process that complements analysis, engages artistic creativity, and results in physical form. (3) Guide students in understanding the consequences of action and inaction on the landscape. (4) Increase participation in travel and study abroad programs to encourage students to consider alternative perspectives and think globally.
Objective Provide a program that leads to independent student research.
Goals (1) Build research skills throughout the curricula. (2) Enable and encourage student participation in faculty research. (3) Increase the number and improve the quality of senior theses and projects.
Objective Develop future leaders in the disciplines.
Goals (1) Instill a sense of personal responsibility and advance team management skills. These will be developed in courses and demonstrated in student design and research competitions, including Design Week and ASLA/NJ-ASLA awards, and by placement of graduates in nationally recognized firms. (2) Expanded participation in extracurricular activities related to the academic programs and related professional practices. These include the Landscape Architecture Club, honor society, attendance at the NJ-ASLA convention, etc. (3) Graduate students will additionally attain a command of current best practices in topics such as brownfields, risk management, therapeutic gardens, GIS, watershed management stormwater management, historic preservation, and or urban design. (4) Presentation of research at scholarly conferences and workshops and contribution to the authoring of peer reviewed publications; placement as ladder faculty in colleges and universities.
Objective Recruit top students to the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences and to study within the Department.
Goals (1) Develop outreach activities that increase awareness the Department for students and faculty in high schools and community colleges. (2) Recruit graduate students from the region and the global community to a program committed to leadership in the design and stewardship of the built environment. (3) Enhance the Department's World Wide Web presence to inform and attract students.


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