School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

School of Landscape Architecture & Planning

Sustainable development, design and planning.

The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona supports a culture of innovation in teaching, research, creative work and community engagement.

We advance professional practice in landscape architecture, heritage conservation, real estate development, sustainability and urban planning and prepare students to be leaders in their fields. With Tucson and the unique Sonoran Desert as our learning laboratory, we encourage creative thinking and collaborative learning across our programs through interdisciplinary coursework and real-world projects.

Our graduates integrate scientific knowledge with resourceful innovation to achieve outcomes that demonstrate best practices for the development of healthful, livable and meaningful places.

Director's Welcome

Lauri Macmillan Johnson, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture

Lauri Macmillan Johnson


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Best Online Master's Degree in Real Estate, 2021

Top Small Urban Planning Program
Planetizen, 2020

Best Value Sustainability Bachelor's Degree
Value Colleges, 2022

Our Academic Programs

Minors in Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development and Sustainable Built Environments

We offer three undergraduate minors: Minor in Landscape Architecture (19 or 20 units), Minor in Real Estate Development (18 units) and Minor in Sustainable Built Environments (18 units, available on campus or online).

Quotation marks

I am so blessed to have extremely knowledgeable professors and insightful peers who share their wisdom with me. The individuals of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning are the matrix in which community thrives, and I am grateful for the relationships and knowledge I have gained here.

Emma Nakpairat '23 BLA

Faculty Research & Practice

Student Work, Awards & Profiles

Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory

Underwood Sonoran Garden

Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory

The Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory is a high-performance landscape, plaza and outdoor classroom exemplifying the sustainable strategies of water harvesting, climate regulation, air and water cleansing, recycling, wildlife habitat and human health and wellbeing. The former 1.2-acre parking lot is now a thriving Arizona habitat that shades the southern exposure of the CAPLA East Building.

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Header image by Mario Nuño-Whelan '20 MLA.