Landscape Architecture Program Mission Statement


The Landscape Architecture Program at N.C. A&T is rooted in the university’s unique legacy, which includes its history as the largest publicly funded Historically Black College or University in North Carolina, as well as home to the A&T four who helped spark the civil rights movement in the South. The program has produced more African American landscape architects than any other accredited degree program. As such, the Landscape Architecture Program has been instrumental in supporting diversity within the profession. This social and geographical context provides a unique framework for studying landscape architecture, which is carried forward in service-based learning projects that often focus on underrepresented populations of the rural, urban and suburban South. 


The Landscape Architecture Program at N.C. A&T prepares a diverse student body to become leaders within the field of landscape architecture. Students are instilled with the theoretical, technical and life skills necessary to address the complex and continually changing ecological and social challenges of the 21st century associated with the design, conservation and management of landscapes. Educational emphasis is placed on developing creative and critical thinking skills, high moral character and ethical behavior, exposure to various geographies and cultures, and an independence of mind and freedom of spirit.


  1. Support a strong undergraduate program focusing on the development of sound thinking skills, personal vision, and high moral character and ethical behavior through exposure to the broad range of landscape architecture activities and technical skills.
  2. Recruit, retain and graduate high-caliber students in an effort to increase the diversity of leaders within the field of landscape architecture.
  3. Foster well-respected faculty within the University and broader academic setting, who have the support network and skills necessary to succeed in teaching, research, community service and creative works.
  4. Offer high quality facilities, technology, travel and internship opportunities, as a means to help ensure student success.
  5. Make positive contributions to the broader social and ecological context, and develop a respected visible reputation, through community service based research and teaching activities.