Become a Landscape Architect

Landscape Architecture: A STEM Profession

Landscape Architecture is a STEM Discipline

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated landscape architecture a STEM discipline. The designation recognizes the high degree of science, technology, engineering and mathematics course work required in landscape architecture collegiate programs.
What is STEM?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) definition of STEM fields includes mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences – psychology, economics, sociology, and political science.

STEM education and training provides the United States with three kinds of intellectual capital:

  • Scientists and engineers who continue the research and development that is central to the economic growth of our country;
  • Technologically proficient workers who are able to keep pace with rapidly developing scientific and engineering innovations; and
  • Scientifically literate voters and citizens who make intelligent decisions about public policy and who understand the world around them.

To achieve this expanded human capital, STEM initiatives are aimed at improving the educational experience from elementary school to graduate education, and thus prepare students to eventually solve not only current problems but also unimagined ones of the future. (UC Davis, STEM Strategies)

“The term STEM education refers to teaching and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It typically includes educational activities across all grade levelsfrom pre-school to post-doctoratein both formal (e.g., classrooms) and informal (e.g., afterschool programs) settings.” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education: An Overview [National Science Foundation (NSF)/Congressional Research Service, June 12, 2018])   

Resources You Can Use

These resources will help you understand and communicate valuable information about landscape architecture as a STEM profession.

K-12 STEM Outreach


Richard Jones, ASLA, past president of Mahan Rykiel Associates leads unique partnership with Francis Scott Key Middle School to support the school's STEM-based environmental education curriculum with Project Birdland.


ASLA Membership