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Service Learning in Master of Landscape Architecture

Learning by doing is an engaging component of the Landscape Architecture program; the aim is to teach and model emerging real world conditions. In spring 2014, second year Master of Landscape Architecture students participated in a “service learning” class that focused on assisting Auburn area partners with design problems. Student teams worked with the city of LaFayette, AL, the Auburn University Club, and the CADC Building Science program on specific design projects.  Supervised by Prof. Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, the students also assisted the city of Opelika and the Auburn University Arboretum on maintenance projects to remove invasive plants.  According to the Learn and Serve America program, service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.