Master of Landscape Architecture I
Designing the Urban Ecological Future
Landscape architecture plays an essential role in connecting 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 policymaking. The program aims to reimagine and rethink the profession’s current and future challenges through the lens of environmental justice, including globalization, availability of natural resources, land management, and the climate emergency. The curriculum engages critical thinking about complex and indeterminate systems, empowering students to work across multiple scales of the urban landscape.
Landscape architecture is a discipline that actually works with the surface of the earth — it literally changes the world and the world’s systemic flows. 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.
Spitzer School grad programs share a teaching, research, and design environment known as the unit system. Within year-long, team-taught, vertically integrated design units, students and professors work together to define questions and propose design solutions. Just like in the professions, students synthesize diverse skills and subject areas into their projects. Check out this year’s units.
All undergraduate backgrounds are welcome in the MLA I program. Application Instructions >>
The Master of Landscape Architecture I program is accredited. See Landscape Architecture Program Accreditation Information for full details.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 90
Per-semester courseload: 15 credits