Vision and Mission

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona prepares students to resolve the ecological and social challenges of the 21st century. We achieve this mission by focusing on three areas:

  • Imparting both theoretical and technical knowledge of landscape architecture
  • Building creative and critical thinking skills
  • Instilling a sense of social responsibility

Vision and Values

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona explicitly recognizes the serious challenges facing humanity in the 21st century including rapidly expanding population pressures in the context of finite resources, and an increasingly multicultural society. We believe that these issues are fundamental, and place concepts of regeneration, livability, justice and sustainability at the forefront of the environmental design agenda.

In many respects, the Los Angeles region is a 21st century bellwether - an early indicator of issues, patterns, and processes that will become prevalent in many parts of the world. The Department of Landscape Architecture is uniquely situated to be a leader in "regenerating L.A." and preparing future landscape architects to meet these challenges. The Department strives to be a center of creative excellence in landscape architecture, internationally recognized for imparting values of ecological and social sustainability to students and the community.

The department has developed five strategies that serve as our long-range goals. These strategies connect our mission and vision, guiding future decisions and directives. These strategies are intentionally broad and flexible, allowing the program to respond to both administrative and geographic trends:

  • Support a strong undergraduate program focusing on the development of sound thinking skills and personal vision in the context of the broad range of landscape architectural activities and technical skills.

  • Support a strong graduate program focusing on the development of sound thinking skills, personal vision, and contribution to the collective knowledge of the discipline, with a particular emphasis on human eco-systematic design principles.

  • Foster an outstanding and well-rounded group of faculty who contribute to the department's mission through teaching, research, community service, and professional practice.

  • Recruit and retain a critical mass of high-caliber, diverse students for graduate and undergraduate study.

  • Maintain a respected and influential role within the college, university, profession, and region.

The department has identified a number of specific learning objectives to support its long-term goals. These objectives serve as the benchmarks by which our department, programs, students and faculty are measured within the discipline of landscape architecture and across the university. It is intended that these discipline-specific objectives ensure accomplishment of the university learning outcomes.