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Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to serve as a resource for the state of South Carolina and beyond through excellence in teaching, research and service in landscape architecture that emphasizes transformative design, sensitivity to environmental and socio-cultural issues, and responsible land stewardship.  

We are committed to fulfilling our part of the university’s mission: “providing talent for the global economy by recruiting and graduating outstanding students; retaining faculty and staff nationally recognized in their disciplines; offering exceptional educational experiences grounded in student engagement; driving innovation through research and service that solves problems, stimulates economic growth and creates jobs; and serving the public good by focusing on the great challenges of the 21st century.” We are also committed to fulfilling the mission of the College of Architecture Arts and Humanities: “focused on transformative education, knowledge development and creative expression to anticipate and meet the needs of rapidly changing local, regional, national and global environments.” 

We value:

  • The art and science of design
  • Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Ethical environmental and social justice
  • Responsible land stewardship
  • The power of place
  • International education
  • Creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.