Landscape Architecture is a discipline situated at the intersection of design and ecology. Concerned with sustainability, social issues and aesthetics, it is uniquely positioned to shape visions for the environment at multiple scales.
The Master of Landscape Architecture curriculum at the Knowlton School is structured around intense one-on-one design instruction in the studio supported by workshops, lectures, and seminars in technology, natural systems, history/theory and representation. Core studios examine a series of landscape problems — spatial, ecological, social and infrastructural — that increase in scale and complexity. Instruction builds on developing cultural awareness and technical skills to explore advanced topics such as ecological infrastructures and innovative materials. To enhance the educational experience of Knowlton landscape architecture graduate students, the Trott Distinguished Visiting Professorship and the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship bring internationally acclaimed practitioners to the school to teach design studios and seminars. Following the core sequence, students are encouraged to develop their own research interests from offerings within the Knowlton School and the larger university.
The Knowlton Master of Landscape Architecture Program is fully accredited and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. It is a three-year professional program where applicants with a prior design education can receive advanced placement. The school also offers a Master of Landscape Architecture II program, a two-year post-professional degree for students holding an undergraduate degree from an accredited landscape architecture program. The Master of Landscape Architecture II degree combines intensive design with research explorations for students seeking to further develop a specific expertise within the discipline of landscape architecture.
Accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects