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U. of Tennessee Knoxville's LA Program Turns 10
Undergoing Reaccreditation

U. of Tennessee Knoxville's LA Program Turns 10

According to a news post found on the UTK website, the University worked closely with the Tennessee ASLA Chapter, the LAAB, the Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture to create the landscape architecture degree program.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's School of Landscape Architecture is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this month (November) while it also undergoes mandatory reaccreditation by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Started in 2008, the school's curriculum reportedly focuses on regional and local landscapes and cultures while developing students' "contemporary skills that emphasize modern theories and technologies that shape the field of landscape architecture."

Gale Fulton, director of the program, was quoted in a UTK news post having said, "Since 2008, the school has prepared students to solve complex issues, develop research and engage communities to educate and involve the public. Our graduates engage landscapes as a cultural practice to help shape communities and solve problems for people in those communities."

Even though the landscape architecture college was officially formed in 2008, one news article states that discussions to form the program actually started 25 years ago when the College of Architecture and Planning started working with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Because license-seeking professionals are required to hold a degree from a LAAB-accredited university, and since there were none in Tennessee at the time, the formation of the program fit perfectly.

Earlier this month, a LAAB review team visited the college and viewed an exhibit designed by students. The team announced that the college had met all seven standards. The LAAB will make its final decision in February of 2019.

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August 24, 2019, 2:34 pm PDT

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