Pittsburgh Landscape Architecture Studio

The Pittsburgh Landscape Architecture Studio provides Penn State students with real-life design experience while also providing valuable help to local communities. Penn State advanced landscape architecture students engage Pittsburgh communities to re-imagine their public space for a healthy, thriving future. Students address re-greening of depopulated neighborhoods, use of vacant lots, and use of community parks and other green spaces.

Each fall, students work with members of various communities, helping to identify needs and focusing on the issues of each particular neighborhood. At the end of the semester, students present their work to the community, government and business leaders, and the general public. In some cases, students' projects are incorporated into actual neighborhood community greening activities.



This experience provides students the opportunity to visualize possibilities for community stakeholders while giving communities new vision for the future of their communities.

Get Involved

The Center staff and Penn State faculty choose sites for the upcoming year each spring. Contact Lisa Vavro for more information.


Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh — Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), numerous local community organizations, and community development organizations