PLA is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as research labs and community partnerships.
Introducing students to the field of landscape studies and provides specialties in restoration ecology, environmental planning, or cultural and historic landscapes.
Training students to become licensed landscape architects. This is a professional degree program accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
This Master of Science degree emphasizes conducting original research in the form of a thesis or creating evidence-based design solutions to complex landscape problems.
This Master of Science degree prepares students for professional positions in government, non-profit and community organizations, and the private sector, to be leaders in shaping communities.
This Doctor of Philosophy degree is a research degree and is intended to appeal to individuals from diverse planning backgrounds.

The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture is committed to establishing and maintaining a supportive climate of inclusion, diversity, and collegiality among our interactions and through our actions and policies. We envision a department in which all individuals are engaged in a vibrant learning community, where ideas, experiences, and perspectives are supported, nurtured, and developed to their highest levels.


  • Happy Anniversary DPLA!

    July 1st marks our 3rd anniversary as the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, created on July 1, 2017, from two former departments with rich histories at UW-Madison. Thanks to all of you for being …

  • PLA Summer Reading List!

    In Defense of Housing – David Madden and Peter Marcuse The Just City Reader – ed. Toni L. Griffin What Goes Up: the Right and Wrongs to the City – Michael Sorkin High-Risers: Cabrini Green …

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  • Design Studies Teaching Assistant

    The Design Studies Department is hiring teaching assistant for Fall 2020 at 33.3% level. This position has an important role in teaching fundamental concepts and design skills for 2-dimensional design. To ensure consideration, application materials …

  • Principal Urban Designer City of Minneapolis

    SALARY RANGE $74,210.24 – $101,452.00 Annually POSITION DESCRIPTION: Facilitate inclusion of urban greening and green infrastructure into City-wide and regional transportation projects; manage and participate in the analysis, preparation, development and implementation of green infrastructure …

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