The idea to establish the faculty of design and architecture in UPM originated with a proposal paper entitled “Proposed Establishment of the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.”, which was submitted to the Faculty Agriculture in 1976. However, the proposal was never brought up for further consideration by the Faculty’s administration. Nevertheless, a group of teaching staff in Landscape Architecture was recruited in 1980 to teach “landscape subjects” in both the diploma and bachelor of agriculture programmes. The first landscape course was offered in 1984. It was a 3 credit course entitled “AGRO 472 – An Approach to Landscape Design”. It became a popular course and managed to attract many agricultural students who later graduated and continued their studies in landscape architecture at the undergraduate and graduate level overseas. Many of these early graduates have since returned and assumed successful practice or became professors at several institutions of higher learning in the country.