The oldest and most influential landscape architecture program in the Intermountain West, LAEP in 2008 embarked upon a rapid growth and expansion initiative, adding new faculty members, facilities, and degrees. Founded in 1939, LAEP has over 1,500 alumni practicing in 44 states and 15 countries. Fourteen full-time and 3 adjunct faculty currently serve 140 students enrolled in our MSBP and accredited BLA and MLA programs, along with a new PhD in Landscape Architecture.
Administratively within the College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, and physically situated within the Chase Fine Arts Center, LAEP faculty and students enjoy strong working relationships with an array of allied disciplines across USU. Partnerships include the Swaner EcoCenter, one of USU’s 7 LEED-certified buildings (USU Extension, Park City, UT); the USU Ecology Center (Main Campus); the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (Main Campus); the USU Botanical Center (USU Extension, Kaysville, UT); jointly conducted research through the Center for Persons with Disabilities (Main Campus); and a campus-wide Sustainable Systems Minor. The Department celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2014, in 2016 hosted the CELA Annual Conference, and in 2017 received full six-year re-accreditation for both their BLA and MLA degrees. Further information on our programs and campus environment see http://www.laep.usu.edu/ and http://www.usu.edu/videos/.
Established in 1888, Utah State University is the state’s Land-Grant institution, and is nationally and internationally recognized for its intellectual and technological leadership in land, water, space, and life enhancement. USU is a Carnegie “higher research activity” institution. USU has a faculty of over 800 who partner with more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university, which the Princeton Review named a “Green College” (2010, 2011), and Forbes Magazine ranked the #1 public university in the West, resides in Logan, a city of over 50,000.
Situated in beautiful Cache Valley and the Bear River watershed, Logan lies 85 miles north of Salt Lake City, and offers world-class recreational opportunities along the western slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. Logan is just a few hours driving time to six of the best parks in the National Park System. With a lower cost of living, low unemployment, but unparalleled outdoor recreation access, Utah is becoming one of the west’s sought-after live/work/play destinations. Logan annually ranks in the Top 10 college towns, and among America’s safest small towns.
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