Landscape architecture program designated a DHS STEM discipline
By: Norman Martin
In a positive move for Texas Tech University's Department of Landscape Architecture and the profession of landscape architecture, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated landscape architecture as a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discipline. The move is expected to further enhance recognition of the high degree of STEM inherent in the research, education and practice of landscape architecture.
“The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has advocated for this designation for many years. We're thankful for the efforts of everyone at the ASLA that helped make this happen. Recognition of landscape architecture as a STEM discipline reflects the complexity of the research and creative activity conducted by landscape architects,” said Leehu Loon, professor and chair of Tech's, Department of Landscape Architecture.
“With this designation, our students will be able to expand their professional training, scholarly research, interdisciplinary collaboration, project-based education, and increase their employment possibilities after graduation. Our award-winning faculty will be provided with expanded opportunities to conduct innovative research.”
Landscape architecture applies scientific knowledge to the development of innovative solutions for design challenges in the built and natural world. STEM is inherent in the academic foundations and the professional practice of landscape architecture, and landscape architects frequently engage in cutting-edge research to explore issues related to the landscape — from stormwater control and agriculture to land use and renewable energy.
In practical terms from a student's perspective, landscape architecture's new designation as a STEM discipline advances landscape architecture education and practice by opening new research and funding opportunities and strengthening opportunities for collaborations with other disciplines in the physical and natural sciences. In addition, the designation has important implications for the practical training of international students post-graduation.
“Landscape architecture applies science, technology, cutting edge research, and engineering principles, to design healthy communities, active transportation projects, campuses and parks,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of the ASLA. “We help communities adapt to climate driven extreme weather and support biodiversity.”
Contact: Leehu Loon, Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5215 or Leehu.Loon@ttu.edu
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