Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning


The purpose for LAEP’s differential tuition program, CREATE, is to support students’ best educational opportunities and assure students’ competitiveness within the marketplace by investing in six strategic areas:

Careers:  Job placement, internship support, professional preparation.
Recognition:  Attaining awareness by peers, decision-makers, stakeholders, community members.
Entrepreneurship:  Leadership development and business training.
Access:  Connections with leading minds in the profession and influential landscapes across the globe.
Technology:  Assuring continual integration of cutting-edge tools and software.
Emerging Innovations:  Bringing the latest advances in sustainable design, construction and devices to campus.

The CREATE Steering Committee oversees the operation and expenditures of CREATE. In addition to investment in long-term efforts, twice yearly a call for proposals is made seeking students, faculty and LAEP Advancement Board members’ ideas regarding how they would like to see CREATE funds used to best meet the areas of need. These proposals are then voted on by the LAEP student body and faculty to select those that will receive support that year.

For more information regarding the CREATE program please see the Disclosure of Operating Procedures or contact the LAEP Department at (435) 797-0500.

create social justiceA special Speaker Series lecture was held with a focus on social justice and responsibility.
canyon houseOutside view of the Canyon House, where practitioners and guests stay in connection with the Canyon House Residency.
create watercolorStudents participate in a watercolor workshop funded by CREATE.

What is differential tuition?

Matriculated LAEP courses are assessed differential tuition of $59 per credit to support educational efforts in the six strategic areas of CREATE. Matriculated LAEP undergraduate students and graduate students may pay $500 or more in differential tuition each semester.

How can I get involved?

Student input is critical to the success of CREATE. The Fund relies upon students and faculty annually bringing their best ideas, evaluating proposals, and choosing the most effective strategies for each year’s funding. In addition to submitting and voting on proposals, students can serve as one of the 5 graduate or undergraduate Steering Committee members.

What has been funded in the past?

Fiscal Year 2022

Total Funded: $78,545

Visiting Practitioner | Speaker Series | Careers Coordinator | Technology Coordinator | Student ASLA Chapter | Trace Paper | Graphics Design/Portfolio elective course | AutoCAD/Land F/X elective course | Boot Camp | ASLA Nashville | Sketch Up Licenses | Externship Support | ASLA Sweatshirts/Masks | Let’s See What We’ve Got

Fiscal Year 2021

Total Funded: $55,652

Speaker Series | Careers Coordinator | Technology Coordinator | Materials Library | Student ASLA | LEED Study Materials | Rendering Stations | Digital Drawing Tables | Portfolio, Cover Letter, and Interview Training | Video Conferencing Equipment | Internship Assistance | Drones | Solar Array | Outdoor Furnishings at LAEP House | LAEP Base Camp

*Several proposals were postponed due to COVID-19 closures.

Fiscal Year 2020

Total Funded: $45,551

Careers Coordinator | EDSA Graphics Workshop | Grad Studio Refresh | Speaker Series | Integrating Social Justice Awareness Workshop | Professional LED Light Boxes | Drone | Student ASLA Chapter Support

*Several proposals were postponed due to COVID-19 closures.

Fiscal Year 2019

Total Funded: $52,797

Visiting Practitioner Fund | New Projector in Junior Studio | Overhead Power Source | Screening of Five Seasons | ASLA Student Chapter Support | Mindfulness Workshop | Grad Research Fund | CliftonStrengths Assessment for Students 

Fiscal Year 2018

Total Funded: $63,091

National ASLA Conference Attendance | Portfolio Design Workshop | Bioregional Planning Forum | 3D Printers | Sketch Workshop | Watercolor Class | Thesis Review | Studio Storage Space