Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)

Programs and Objectives

Master of Landscape Architecture Program (Program Director - Associate Professor Denise Hoffman Brandt)

Landscape architecture plays an essential role in connecting social justice to environmental design and the planning of landscape systems in the urban realm. The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York prepares students to be leaders in the field of landscape architecture through innovative research and practice in urban ecological design, planning, and policy-making. The program aims to meet the profession’s current and future challenges through the lens of environmental justice, including globalization, availability of natural resources, land management, and climate change. The curriculum engages critical thinking about complex systems, empowering students to work across multiple scales of the urban landscape. The program benefits from vast resources for research and speculation on the opportunities and challenges of future cities not just within the City University of New York, but in the multitude of neighboring academic, public and private practice, and non-profit institutions concerned with urban environmental processes and design.

Master of Landscape Architecture I

The Master of Landscape Architecture (first professional degree) program is intended for students who hold degrees in disciplines other than landscape architecture. This 90 credit, six-semester program leads to a first professional degree (M.L.A.) in landscape architecture. The principal medium of instruction is the design studio.  Students undertake design and planning problems of growing complexity.  The studio courses are sup-ported by seminars in natural science, technology, history and theory, and other related topics.

Master of Landscape Architecture II

A two-semester, 36-credit sequence leading to a graduate or second degree (M.L.A.) for students with a first professional undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture (B.L. A. or B.S.L.A.).  The program is of particular interest to those seeking a more extensive understanding of the theory of landscape architecture and for those interested in pursuing an academic career.  There is a broad range of opportunities for students to engage in independent research and enroll in the full offering of courses in the college and university.

Requirements for the M.L.A. Degree

Master of Landscape Architecture I First Professional Degree

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Semester 1

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LAAR 61100Landscape Architecture Studio I

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61400 Digital and Traditional Drawing
LAAR 61300Landscape Technology I

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61400Digital and Traditional Drawing

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61100.
LAAR 61500Introduction to Ecology and GIS

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation

Semester 2

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LAAR 62100Landscape Architecture Studio II

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61100 Landscape Architecture Studio I
LAAR 62200Introduction to Landscape Architecture History

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 62300Landscape Technology II

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61300 Landscape Technology I
LAAR 62700Field Ecology

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 61500 Introduction to Ecology and GIS

Semester 3

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LAAR 63100Landscape Architecture Studio III

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 62100 Landscape Architecture Studio II
LAAR 66200Advanced Visual Representation

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
61400 Digital/Traditional Drawing
LAAR 63300Environmental Planning

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 62700 Field Ecology
LAAR 65160Urban Plants/Plant Identification

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation

Semester 4

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LAAR 64100Landscape Architecture Studio IV

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 63100 Landscape Architecture Studio III
LAAR 64400Planting Design

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 65160 Urban Plants/Plant ID
Elective (Urbanism)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (History)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation

Semester 5

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LAAR 64700Landscape Restoration

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 65100Landscape Architecture Studio V

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 64100 Landscape Architecture Studio IVLAAR 64150 Design Research
LAAR 65300Professional Practice

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 62300 Landscape Technology II
LAAR 64150Design Research

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 65100 Landscape Architecture Studio V

Semester 6

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LAAR 66100Comprehensive Studio

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
65100 Landscape Architecture Studio V
Elective (Professional)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (History)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective General

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Total Credit Hours:90

Master of Landscape Architecture II Second Professional Degree

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Semester 1

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LAAR 64150Design Research

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
LAAR 65100 Landscape Architecture Studio V
Electives in History/Theory of Landscape Architecture and/or Natural Systems

9

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Electives in Planning

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation

Semester 2

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LAAR 72100Landscape Architecture Thesis

6

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (Professional)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (Professional)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (Urbanism)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Elective (History)

3

Special NotesPre or Co-requisitesPre-requisite for MajorGeneral Education Designation
Total Credit Hours:36