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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
Landscape architecture is an environmental planning and design profession of broad scope concerned with the creation, protection, restoration, and management of landscapes. Landscape architecture is founded on an awareness of our deep connections to the natural world and how people and their work are part of the web of life. The profession is also very attentive to how places serve human needs and enable the sustainable social and economic life of cities and other landscapes. A healthy society rests on a commitment to sound landscape design, planning, and conservation that respects the land, its processes, its integrity and that of human-ecological processes, helping to fulfill human potential. Both a science and an art, landscape architecture involves creative decision-making based on scientific knowledge of natural processes coupled with awareness of historical, cultural, and social dynamics. The profession also makes intensive use of technologies for landscape construction and environmental management digital graphics, geographic information systems, and computer-aided design. These are applied to making richly supportive places for people and ecosystems that are beautiful and healthy, responding to human needs and local natural and social systems. The program combines professional understanding and skills with a liberal-arts education. As a profession, landscape architecture includes design at many scales, ecologically based planning activities, analysis of environmental impacts, and detailed development of land and sites. As an academic discipline, it provides an opportunity for personal development through environmental problem-solving, graphic and oral communication, and project-oriented study. As a profession, landscape architecture includes design and planning at many scales, including ecologically based decision-making, analysis of environmental impacts, urban design, ecological restoration, service to disadvantaged communities, detailed development of land and sites, and many other problems. Curriculum Structure - The undergraduate curriculum consists of the following interrelated areas: Planning and design, Subjects, Electives, Planning and Design. Studio courses focus on the development and communication of solutions to site and other environmental problems through specific physical-design proposals. This area addresses the physical-spatial implications of planning and management policies, client needs, and programs. Tutorial studio work is the integrative heart of the curriculum. Studio courses focus on the development and communication of solutions to site, neighborhood, city, transportation, watershed, and regional environmental and social problems. Students work closely with an instructor to analyze and create specific landscape design and planning proposals. This area addresses the physical-spatial implications of planning and management policies, client needs, and programs. Tutorial studio work is the integrative heart of the curriculum. Subjects: Six subject areas are essential foundations for the planning and design program: landscape architecture technologies and professional practice, plant materials, landscape analysis and planning, the history and theory of landscape architecture, urban design, and landscape architectural media. Required course work in history, theory, media, and technologies includes alternative choices to allow each student to tailor an individualized educational program with the help of an advisor. Electives: This area, which includes general university requirements, provides for personal choice in selecting additional course work in landscape architecture, architecture, art, planning, and more generally in arts and letters, social science, and science.