Sustainable Landscape Design

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Why study Sustainable Landscape Design?

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, "Sustainable landscapes are responsive to the environment, re-generative, and can actively contribute to the development of healthy communities. Sustainable landscapes sequester carbon, clean the air and water, increase energy efficiency, restore habitats, and create value through significant economic, social and, environmental benefits."

The metropolitan area of the University of Cincinnati provides a diverse selection of interesting urban issues for study, including the preservation and revitalization of its historic neighborhoods and sustainable development in the suburban areas, the challenges facing one of the oldest park systems in North America, the assets and challenges of a major city in the climate and economy of the Ohio River Valley, and the role of plant life in the ecology, economy, and culture of the city.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this certificate must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

Those interested in sustainable landscape design think thoughtfully about the impact that plants can have on our lives. They enjoy learning about the natural world and the adjustments people can make to nurture the environment in a sustainable way.

This certificate will supplement the fundamental knowledge and skills offered by undergraduate training in

  • landscape architecture
  • planning
  • architecture
  • horticulture
  • engineering

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of sustainable landscape design and construction best practices.
  • Apply basic knowledge of landscape design and construction best practices to design projects of various functions and sizes.
  • Apply basic planting design principles to the effective use of native plant materials.

All prospective students interested in this program should visit the DAAP website to find more information or contact the DAAP Student Affairs office at 513-556-1376 or daap-admissions@uc.edu. All prospective students are encouraged to visit campus to learn more about their major(s) of interest. To register for a DAAP "College Close-Up" Visit and a "Preview UC" campus tour, please go here. For more information on DAAP advising, please go here. Current DAAP students can schedule an appointment with their advisors by calling DAAP Student Affairs at 513-556-1376 or by using the Starfish scheduling tool on Blackboard (canopy.uc.edu).

  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • Other educational opportunities include organized travel semesters, foreign study semesters and student exchange programs in England, Germany and Denmark. Many architecture students also pursue joint degrees and certificate programs within the college and the university.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalogue, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Komo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale design.

To satisfy the mandatory residency requirement for sustainable landscape design students, 50 percent of the required courses completed in the certificate must be taken after gaining admission to the program and must be taught within the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Students seeking to transfer from another regionally accredited university or college must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. If an applicant has earned an associate degree, the minimum college cumulative grade point average is 2.0.

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. If an applicant has earned an associate degree, the minimum college cumulative grade point average is 2.0.

Application Deadlines

To apply, students should turn in the application to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Student Affairs
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
513-556-1376
daap-admissions@uc.edu

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Program Code: 23CRT-SLD-C2