University of Calgary to offer Master of Landscape Architecture program

Come and be part of Canada’s newest School of Landscape Architecture. The University of Calgary recently received approval to launch the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). This is the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada to be launched since 1980, and is situated in the geographically and culturally dynamic context of Alberta and Western Canada. The program is strategically positioned to engage with the critical socio-cultural and ecological challenges of placemaking, climate change and resilience. The MLA is intended as a program for the 21st century—to be leaders and to train leaders in becoming catalysts for positive local and global change.

The Master of Landscape Architecture program complements the existing professional accredited programs in Architecture and Planning to create a strong, robust and inter-related triad of graduate programs dealing with the built environment. The MLA is a three-year course-based program consisting of a foundation year plus two years at the Master’s level, and will be seeking accreditation through the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). As a professional degree program, curriculum design and methods of delivery reflect the CSLA accreditation requirements.

The program in EVDS is unique and distinctive:

*it is a program for the 21st Century and aims to sustainably address the critical issues facing settlements, societies and environments using a landscape-based approach;

*it emphasizes and builds on the faculty’s strengths in the areas of urban design, ecological design, regional planning and cultural landscapes;

*the faculty emphasis on interdisciplinary is expressed through the overlapping relationships with the Master of Architecture and Master of Planning programs;

*the faculty structure, which allows a student to ladder from a course-based professional degree program to a thesis-based research degree (MEDes or PhD), facilitates the further development of creativity and innovative approaches to critical issues into the future.

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