Grad Info Sessions
Master of Landscape Architecture Info Session
Monday, Oct 24, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Sciame Lecture Hall (107)
Tour: 5:00 p.m.
Panel: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Sciame Auditorium/107 + Zoom option available)
Portfolio Feedback: 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Learn about the Spitzer School's Master of Landscape Architecture program, which is open to students from all undergraduate backgrounds. This evening event will include studio visits, a welcome by Dean Marta Gutman, a program overview by Program Director Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, a panel discussion with Q&A, and an opportunity for feedback on your portfolio materials.
- Professor Zihao Zhang
- Professor Anna McKeigue '20
- Jessica Goldberg '21
- Mathew Brown '23
- Samuel Syrop '24
- Hannah Borgeson, Director of Graduate Affairs
Landscape architecture plays an essential role in connecting justice to environmental design and the ecological infrastructures of the urban realm. The mission of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, is to prepare students to be leaders in the field of landscape architecture through innovative research and practice in urban ecological design, planning, and policymaking. The program aims to reimagine and rethink the profession’s current and future challenges through the lens of social, environmental, and multi-species justice, including rapid urbanization, resource extraction and management, the interface of nature and technology, ongoing species extinctions, and the climate emergency. The curriculum engages critical thinking about complex and indeterminate systems, empowering students to implement actionable change across multiple scales of the urban landscape.
Landscape architecture is a discipline that physically transforms the surface of the earth — it literally changes the world and the world’s systemic flows. As designers and thinkers, we work with biotic and abiotic networks of human and non-human actors. Our discipline also has the capacity to radically rethink and transform social networks, and we are especially well-poised to respond to the climate emergency with both mitigation and adaptation strategies. Our program attracts activist students who seek to rethink accepted paradigms and implement actionable change in the public realm and the quality of public space in terms of equity, accessibility, and justice: climate justice, social justice, environmental justice, and multispecies justice. Transforming the profession begins in the academy. Our landscape architecture program is committed to challenging the entrenched biases and historical canons of landscape architecture that have too long been accepted as the norm, and we support the clarity and resonance of our students’ diverse voices in the field.
Graduate programs at the Spitzer School of Architecture share a transdisciplinary design-research environment of vertical studio laboratories. First-year MLA students enroll in a foundation year of coursework addressing design thinking across nature and culture while building digital, technical, ecological, and critical-thinking skills. Second-year and third-year MLA students enroll in advanced landscape architecture studio laboratories and one co-required course each semester in which students and professors work synthetically across disciplines for a two-semester engagement with exploratory research and projective design. These advanced studio labs and coordinated coursework incorporate design research, advanced digital representation, and history/theory to address “wicked problems” in landscape architecture through extended design thinking. Upper-level students take two additional courses each semester that engage with technical, ecological, and professional practice topics. Read about this year’s studio topics here.
All undergraduate backgrounds welcome in the MLA program. Our next deadline is in January 2023 to begin studies in Fall 2023. Please see instructions on our Graduate Application Instructions page.
The Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the City College of New York’s Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. Click here for full accreditation details and other public information.
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