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Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

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Information about LARCP faculty, vision, national reputation and our location:

Kansas State University, with its enrollment of approximately 24,000 students, serves the region through innovation and commitment to its land grant mission. The university consistently receives national recognition, and recently the 2018 Princeton Review recognized K-State with a top-ten ranking in 9 different categories, including the top ranking for town-gown relationship.

APDesign is an interdisciplinary environmental design college with accredited professional programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture & Product Design, Landscape Architecture, and Regional & Community Planning. APDesign's design programs have been consistently ranked by Design Intelligence magazine as among the best in the nation. APDesign faculty teach in the newly constructed Seaton/Regnier Complex, a world-class facility prominently located in central campus featuring a design and planning library, an extensive digital fabrication laboratory, expansive interior and outdoor spaces, and cutting edge technological resources

The department offers accredited master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and in Regional & Community Planning through five-year non-baccalaureate as well as traditional post-baccalaureate tracks. The  MLA and MRCP programs are recognized for their strong preparation of graduates for professional practice. The MLA program received the #2 ranking for public universities in the 2017-2018 edition of Design Intelligence and the MRCP program is recognized as a top planning program in the Midwest by Planetizen.

The faculty and students of LARCP value community engagement, environmental stewardship, creative inquiry, and critical thinking. Our vision is to develop our students, faculty, and future professionals to confront global landscape architecture and planning dilemmas and to be catalysts for excellence in our professions, our communities, and the academy. We seek planning and management of human settlement that fosters a just, resilient, and democratic world.

Our 19 faculty members are diverse, caring, and dedicated with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds in academic and professional practice. Faculty are able to work in the Kansas City Design Center, http://www.kcdesigncenter.org/, which facilitates student and faculty engagement in urban design and planning projects. The Department supports the College’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Design + Planning and offers an online Master of Science in Community Development through the Great Plains IDEA.

Nestled in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, the City of Manhattan is a growing college town of 55,000 residents. The nearby Konza Prairie is one of the largest remaining contiguous tallgrass prairie landscapes in the United States, providing opportunities for students and faculty to study a rare and protected landscape. Manhattan was recently rated by Forbes as one of the nation’s best small places for business and careers. Manhattan offers affordable housing, outstanding schools, excellent parks and recreational facilities, an engaging cultural environment, and short commute times. The location provides exposure to a variety of experiences in the region, including access to the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka. With direct jet service from Manhattan to both Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, we are connected to the world.