Landscape Architecture

Edward G. Lawson ‘13.

Cornell introduced a landscape architecture program in 1904. The Outdoor Art Group, a two-year program for juniors and seniors, trained students for the profession of landscape gardening or landscape architecture in its broadest sense. Offered in the College of Agriculture, the program included among its original faculty Liberty Hyde Bailey, Warren H. Manning, and Bryant Fleming ‘01.

The department was renamed Rural Art in 1906; in 1912 it became known as Landscape Art, including a master's degree program. In 1920 the College of Architecture took over the course, with a program leading to a degree in Landscape Architecture, and immediately integrated it into the architecture curriculum. The new course emphasized instruction in design, recognizing both practical and aesthetic factors. The College of Architecture provided classes in horticulture, engineering and construction, freehand drawing, and architecture, conforming to and expanding on the requirements of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Additionally, courses continued in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. The program was extremely successful, and Cornellians won many of the prestigious Prix de Rome awards in landscape architecture.

In the 1940s the Landscape Architecture program emphasized the artistic element. Besides the traditional subjects taught in earlier years, the range of courses expanded to include painting and sculpture, history, government, economics, sociology, geology, and forestry.

The College discontinued the program from 1965 to 1973. It re-emerged as a graduate field only, sponsored by the Department of Urban Planning and Development and the Department of Architecture, and emphasizing the systematic use of data for the practical purpose of modifying the natural environment. Since the 1980s the program has been jointly administered with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and it includes two graduate-level degree programs and an undergraduate program in Agriculture.

Announcement of the College of Architecture for 1922-1923.

Announcement of the College of Architecture for 1938-1939.

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