6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Ownership of Student Works | Applications | Master of Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture | Special Programs | Master of Planning | Master of Architectural History
Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Architecture | Interdisciplinary Programs | Programs Abroad

Master of Landscape Architecture

Admission   Students from two types of academic backgrounds are admitted to the graduate degree program: those without degree backgrounds in Architecture or Landscape Architecture, and those with backgrounds in these fields of study.

Students without prior background study constitute the majority of the student body. They are from a wide diversity of academic fields. Normally, they complete the degree requirements in six semesters, plus a prerequisite Summer Session studio taken prior to the first fall semester. This three and a half year program comprises the Path A curriculum. Prior to enrollment, students are encouraged to take a drawing course.

Students with degree backgrounds in Architecture and Landscape Architecture can be granted advanced standing and may complete the degree requirements in four semesters. The Path A advanced standing program is for applicants with undergraduate degrees in Architecture. The Path B program is for applicants with professional undergraduate degrees in Landscape Architecture (B.L.A. or B.S.L.A.).

Curriculum   The Department offers a professional degree program at the graduate level with an emphasis on design. Graduates are prepared for professional work in private offices, teaching, and public service. Design is understood to be the intentional expression of values in built form. As a landscape architect, one translates cultural values about humanity's relationship to the natural world and then embodies those values in built work. This translation and interpretation leads one to explore the intersection of design, history, ecology, ethics, philosophy, social sciences, and engineering. Thus, students are required to take a wide range of studios, lecture courses, and reading seminars which address these topics. The heart of the program lies in its design studios, which afford an opportunity for intensive individual instruction. Special attention is given to history and theory as a means of providing a perspective on the design tasks of the present as well as a commitment to building, carefully and thoughtfully, with the land.

During the final semester, students may choose from three studio options: an independent studio, a landscape architecture studio, or an interdisciplinary studio in architecture, urbanism, or preservation. If an independent studio is pursued, students are required to take L AR 821 Research Methods, during the prior semester as a means of preparation.

Path A Curriculum
The Path A program allows students with liberal arts undergraduate degrees or pre-professional undergraduate degrees (e.g., B.S. in Architecture) to obtain a first professional degree in Landscape Architecture. This requires three years plus an introductory summer session of 8 weeks duration. Each semester's work consists of a design studio and supporting history/theory, construction, natural systems, and/or drawing courses.

A total of eighteen elective credits is required. Six of those credits (two courses) must be taken in the Department of Landscape Architecture. The remaining twelve credits can be taken in any department of the School and throughout the University. Since students are coming from different backgrounds and experiences, it is expected that the electives can either be distributed to give students exposure to the different fields related to Landscape Architecture, or they can be focused to develop an area of expertise, such as design theory, historic preservation, ecological design and planning, or urbanism. Students can undertake an independent study with a faculty member as one of their electives, but those wishing to take more than one independent study must petition the faculty to do so.

In the final year, students may elect to undertake an independent studio. If so, L AR 821 Research Methods must be taken in the fall semester in order to develop a thesis, identify a faculty advisor(s), and prepare a theoretical basis for the spring term independent studio. L AR 821 counts as one of 18 credits (6 courses) of electives.

Summer Session
L AR 501 Intro. to Landscape Architecture Design 3
L AR 503 Landscape Architectural Drawing2
Total 5
L AR 502 Intro. to Landscape Architecture Design 3
Total 3
First Year
First Semester
L AR 601 Landscape Architecture Design I 6
L AR 509 Landscape Architecture Drawing and Representation3
L AR 512 History of European and Asian Landscape Architecture 3
L AR 507 Plants and Environment 4
Total 16
Second Semester
L AR 602 Landscape Architecture Design II 6
L AR 535 Introduction to Sites 4
L AR 513 History of American Landscape Architecture 3
L AR 525 Grading and Drainage 4
Total 17
Second Year
First Semester
L AR 701 Landscape Architecture Design III 6
L AR 713 Construction 3
L AR 514 Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture 3
Elective[1] 3
Total 15
Second Semester
L AR 702 Landscape Architecture Design IV 6
L AR 705 Plants and Design 4
L AR 714 Site Engineering 4
Elective[1] 3
Total 17
Third Year
First Semester
L AR 801 Landscape Architecture Design V 6
L AR 825 Principles of Road Designs 4
Electives[1] 6
Total 16
Second Semester
L AR 802 Landscape Architecture Design VI or
Interdisciplinary Studio or
Independent Studio6
L AR 804 Professional Practice 3
Electives[1] 6
Total 15
Total Credits104

[1] A total of eighteen credits of electives are required. This must include two landscape architecture electives. The remaining four courses are free electives.


Path A Advanced Standing Curriculum
Students with accredited baccalaureate degrees in Architecture are admitted with advanced standing and generally complete 65 hours of course work for the degree, depending upon the extent to which technical courses in Landscape Architecture were included in their architectural studies. The following program is representative, but may vary according to individual interest and prior work.

First Year
First Semester
L AR 701 Landscape Architecture Design III 6
L AR 507 Plants & Environment 4
L AR 512 History of European and Asian Landscape Architecture 3
Elective 3
Total 16
Second Semester
L AR 702 Landscape Architecture Design IV 6
L AR 525 Grading and Drainage 4
L AR 535 Introduction to Sites 4
L AR 513 History of American Landscape Architecture 3
Total 17
Second Year
First Semester
L AR 801 Landscape Architecture Design V 6
L AR 514 Intro. to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture3
L AR 825 Principles of Road Design 4
Elective 3
Total 16
Second Semester
L AR 802 Design Studio or
Interdisciplinary Studio or
Independent Studio6
L AR 705 Plants and Design 4
L AR 804 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3
Total 16
Total Credits65


Path B Curriculum
Students with accredited baccalaureate degrees in Landscape Architecture are admitted with advanced standing and normally complete the degree in four academic semesters. Their programs are tailored to their individual design and research interests. They are required to complete at least 60 hours of course work, which includes four design studios and two Landscape Architecture electives. If an independent studio is pursued, it must be preceded by L AR 821 Research Methods. The following program is representative but may vary according to individual interest and prior course work. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses in all departments of the School, and in related fields of study across the University.

First Year
First Semester
L AR 701 Landscape Architecture Design III 6
L AR Elective 3
Electives 6
Total 15
Second Semester
L AR 702 Landscape Architecture Design IV or
Urbanism Studio6
L AR Elective 3
Electives 6
Total 15
Second Year
First Semester
L AR 801 Landscape Architecture Design V 6
Electives9
Total 15
Second Semester
L AR 802 Design VI or
Independent Studio or
Interdisciplinary Studio 6
Electives9
Total 15
Total Credits60


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