Landscape Architecture Programs
The mission of the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs.
The LAAB is the accrediting organization for landscape architectural programs. As such, the LAAB develops standards to objectively evaluate landscape architectural programs and judges whether a school's landscape architectural program is in compliance with the accreditation standards.
The LAAB is comprised of landscape architecture practitioners and academicians, representatives from landscape architecture collateral organizations, and public representatives. The collateral organizations are the:
- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
- Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).
- Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).
- To achieve our mission, the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board seeks to:
- Hold itself to high standards and ethical behavior.
- Uphold the standards it establishes in a non-punitive manner.
- Support diversity in all its many forms.
- Promote self-examination and self-analysis of programs and curriculum.
- Aspire to achieve educational excellence as a predicate to professional excellence.
- Encourage education that prepares students to succeed in a changing world.
The Boston Architectural College, School of Landscape Architecture, offers the following LAAB-accredited degree programs:
- BLA (123 credits)
Next accreditation visit for the BLA program: Fall 2013
*The MLA program (84 credits) is not currently an accredited first professional degree program; however, the School of Landscape Architecture is currently engaged in the accreditation process, with the on-site full accreditation review scheduled for October 2013.
See the following URLs for information about LAAB and its accreditation standards and procedures:
- Accreditation and LAAB
- LAAB Mission, Identity and Values
- The 2013 Accreditation Standards and Procedures
Public access to Landscape Architecture Program Reports, Visiting Team Reports, and other required accreditation documents are available to the public in the BAC library.
Regarding licensure-from the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards' (CLARB) website: "The profession of landscape architecture is regulated by licensure boards that are responsible for administering the laws and rules of their jurisdiction. Licensing laws are established to prevent harm to those that use the built environment designed and constructed by landscape architects. Licensure is required in all 50 states, two Canadian provinces and the territory of Puerto Rico to practice landscape architecture." MLA and BLA students become eligible to sit for the exam upon completion of state requirements for the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.).