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Landscape Architecture MA/MLA

These two new, creative and reflective Master's degrees consider interventions in the landscape through imaginative design, strategic thinking and technical knowledge.

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With design-led teaching and learning, these two Master's programmes allow students to progress towards a career as a landscape architect. Students work to put their theories into practice from week one, researching through speculative design.

In both programmes, Design Studios form a core component, giving students the opportunity to work independently or in groups to develop their own approach to landscape architecture. Within the Design Studios, tutors present unique, rigorous, challenging and even radical intellectual positions, providing a strong identity for students to use as the basis for developing their own approach the contemporary study of landscape architecture.

Students refine their communication skills during seminar presentations, written work, crits and exhibitions and a series of workshops and classes are available to students to help them gain integral skills, from planting and horticulture to VR and mixed reality modelling. 

Landscape architecture design teaching, for both MLA and MA students, is complemented with history and theory lectures, seminars and readings, examining the interdependence of thought, action and form in history, society, culture and geography. 

Landscape architecture is available to study in two degrees at The Bartlett, taught over either one or two years

  • Our Landscape Architecture MLA is taught full-time over two years, acting as a conversion programme for students with a without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree;
  • Whereas, our Landscape Architecture MA is taught full-time over one year, for students who already have a UK landscape architecture undergraduate degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Apply now – MLA

Apply now – MA 


Highlights

  • Work with a team of landscape architects, researchers and built environment professionals to inform your creative design practice 
  • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the potential of the landscape architecture profession 
  • Learn in The Bartlett’s unique studio culture, enjoying interdisciplinary opportunities across the faculty and UCL 

 


Landscape Architecture MLA

This is a two-year Master's degree which empowers students without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree or background to pursue a career as a landscape architect.

The first year is a preparatory year, as students entering the programme will typically be new to the discipline of landscape architecture. The second year has a strong design research focus, with a major design studio project and research project complementing each other and giving students the platform to develop highly developed portfolios upon graduation. 

Modules 

Year 1

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture (30 credits)

A wide-reaching module that introduces and locates the discipline and addresses the history of landscape architecture practice and its evolution in the UK and internationally. Site visits to a range of seminal projects encourage students to think reflectively and critically about the nature of these projects and their historical and geographical contexts. 

Landscape, Inhabitation and Environmental Systems (30 credits)

This module sets out the discipline of landscape architecture in relation to physical and natural processes and anthropogenic impacts, looking at its relationship to resource systems, ecology and climates, hydrology and geology and topography.

Students explore case studies to examine key aspects of landscape appraisal and environmental assessment, planning and design strategy, and the integration of these matters into coherent landscape architecture projects. Landscape architecture detail is addressed, relating seasonality to materials, horticulture, soft and hard landscaping.

Landscape Design 1 (15 credits)

The first of three Design Studio-based modules providing students with an introduction into: landscape and site appraisal via site visits; processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes via introductory lectures and design projects; techniques of landscape representation and design processes. 

Landscape Design 2 (15 credits)

This design studio module builds on the work undertaken in Landscape Design 1, developing use of precedent studies, landscape appraisals and evaluations for a specific site.

Landscape Design 3 (30 credits)

This third and major design module builds on the work undertaken in Landscape Design 1 & 2, particularly studies of site and the aims, ambitions and processes of design strategies. Students envisage and develop a landscape design for a specific site using multiple design scales, drawing and modelling it in ways appropriate to the chosen proposal. The module explores many landscape architecture dimensions in depth to reach high-level design inspiration, strategic thinking and technical resolution.  

Year 2

Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)

This module undertakes a critical review of contemporary landscape architecture and the ideas and interests that underlie it. It locates the discipline of landscape architecture within the broader professional realm, both in the UK and internationally. Conventional and innovative modes of practice are explored and students develop critical work on the status of landscape architectural practice and the profession, with reference to selected case study organisations and projects. 

Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)

This module addresses the role that landscape architecture can play in synthesis of urban environments to help tune and fundamentally change the nature of the ‘urban metabolism’. Innovative historical and current case studies are interrogated in detail to reveal key aspects of their urban landscape context, design strategies and implementation. 

Landscape Thesis (45 credits)

Following initial workshop sessions on research methods and research methods submission, students write a thesis on an area of particular area of interest to them within the field. each student's thesis is expected to use critical reasoning skills to create an argument, supported by graphic evidence and appropritate research. 

Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)

This is a preparatory module that establishes a site context and areas of interest that each student intends to advance further in the Landscape Design Thesis module. A range of Design Studios are offered to students, each of which has its own pedagogical stance with regard to landscape design and formulates a project brief within the aims and outcomes of the module including:    

  • Landscape appraisal
  • Processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes
  • Development of aims and ambitions, intentions and targets, and design strategies
  • Detailed design proposals
  • Techniques of landscape representation 
Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

In this module, students use their previous studies and knowledge from field trips to develop a project for a site. They address areas of interest and undertake appropriate research whilst developing a complex, contextual landscape design to a level appropriate to a graduating masters project. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of skill and expertise, further developing selected areas of knowledge particular to the individual brief and site.

 


Landscape Architecture MA

This is a one-year Master's degree for students looking to pursue a career in landscape architecture who already have UK Landscape Architecture degree, or overseas equivalent. 

Landscape Architecture MA has a strong design research focus, with a major design studio project and research project complementing each other and giving students the platform to develop impressive portfolios upon graduation. 

Modules 

Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)

This module undertakes a critical review of contemporary landscape architecture and the ideas and interests that underlie it. It locates the discipline of landscape architecture within the broader professional realm, both in the UK and internationally. Conventional and innovative modes of practice are explored and students develop critical work on the status of landscape architectural practice and the profession, with reference to selected case study organisations and projects. 

Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)

This module addresses the role that landscape architecture can play in synthesis of urban environments to help tune and fundamentally change the nature of the ‘urban metabolism’. Innovative historical and current case studies are interrogated in detail to reveal key aspects of their urban landscape context, design strategies and implementation. 

Landscape Thesis (45 credits)

Following initial workshop sessions on research methods and research methods submission, students write a thesis on an area of particular area of interest to them within the field. each student's thesis is expected to use critical reasoning skills to create an argument, supported by graphic evidence and appropritate research. 

Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)

This is a preparatory module that establishes a site context and areas of interest that each student intends to advance further in the Landscape Design Thesis module. A range of Design Studios are offered to students, each of which has its own pedagogical stance with regard to landscape design and formulates a project brief within the aims and outcomes of the module including:    

  • Landscape appraisal
  • Processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes
  • Development of aims and ambitions, intentions and targets, and design strategies
  • Detailed design proposals
  • Techniques of landscape representation 
Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

In this module, students use their previous studies and knowledge from field trips to develop a project for a site. They address areas of interest and undertake appropriate research whilst developing a complex, contextual landscape design to a level appropriate to a graduating masters project. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of skill and expertise, further developing selected areas of knowledge particular to the individual brief and site.


Key information

Modes/duration

MLA
Full-time, two years
MA
Full-time, one year

Entry Requirements 

MLA
A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.

MA
A UK degree in landscape architecture or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. On occasion, graduates from other degrees who can demonstrate comparable abilities will also be considered. 

A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.

Application Deadline

Applications open for this programme on 01 November 2019 and close on 24 July 2020.

Please note, The Bartlett's programmes are oversubscribed and candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible. 

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.
  • For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.

Staff

Laura Allen and Mark Smout, Programme Directors

Laura Allen, Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes and Mark Smout, Professor of Architecture and Landscape Futures – known collectively as Smout Allen – co-direct the Landscape Architecture programmes and teach Architecture MArch Unit 11 at The Bartlett. 

Smout Allen teach, lecture and exhibit internationally, with recent venues including the Architectural Association, the RIBA, SCI-Arc Los Angeles and the Nevada Museum of Art. They have been selected for both the Venice Biennale and the inaugural Chicago Biennia. ln 2012 they won a commission from the Mayor of London and the Olympic Delivery Authority for the design of the ‘Universal Tea Machine’—a giant, tea-making, binary adding calculator.

Smout Allen’s most recent projects ‘Infractus: The Taking of Robin Hood Gardens’, ‘L.A.T.B.D’ (in collaboration with Geoff Manaugh) and ‘Liquid Kingdom’ investigate near and distant future scenarios for cities and landscapes, public engagement, science facts and fictions, art and the environment, agriculture, cartography, model making, model villages and games. 

Ana Abram, Design Tutor Studio 1

Ana Abram is a licensed landscape architect and urbanist, whose work bridges academia, research and practice. Ana’s research addresses the relationships between dynamic landscape systems, urbanism, and ecological contexts through design syntheses, while engaging with multi-scale processes, from anthropogenic territorial to human scale interventions. 

Ana is a co-founder of the practice Amphibious Lab, which focuses on dynamic landscapes and their interfaces with anthropogenic environments. Ana has lead design and research teams, winning design concepts at numerous international competitions while working with notable landscape architecture practices, including Gustafson Porter + Bowman and Turenscape. 

Ana has experience in delivering projects through all stages, from concept to completion, including prestigious Chelsea Barracks masterplan, and post-Olympic development International Quarter London.

Maj Plemenitas, Design Tutor Studio 1

Maj Plemenitas is an innovator, researcher and academic, focused on cross-scale design in architectural, urban and landscape context. Maj is the founding director of Linkscale, an award-winning design research organisation focused on cross-scale design, and co-founder of the practice Amphibious Lab, which focuses on dynamic landscapes and their interfaces with anthropogenic environments.

Maj has lectured internationally at institutions including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The University of Virginia School of Architecture, American Institute for Architects New York and Center for Architecture NYC. His work has also been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, as well as in collections in the US, Europe and Japan. Most recently he has been selected as the author for the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Cannon Ivers, Design Tutor Studio 2

Cannon Ivers is a landscape architect whose award-winning professional work includes urban parks, education and business campuses, public spaces and shared private courtyards in the UK and internationally. 

Cannon is the author of Staging Urban Landscapes: The Activation and Curation of Flexible Public Spaces, which showcases his 15-year research exploring the agency of the landscape architect in the design of adaptable, curated public spaces. He frequently contributes to design discourse through publications examining 3D design and digital fabrication, spatial programmability and cultural vitality, intelligent water design and high impact, low maintenance planting design. 

Alexandru Malaescu, Design Tutor Studio 2

Alexandru Malaescu is an urban designer and architect with a proven record of delivering a wide range of projects at various scales. He has a multidisciplinary design approach which derives from working across architecture, urban design and landscape. 

Alex has been teaching for more than five years, investigating relationships between the built environment and sensorial parameters, as well as focusing on the representation of urban landscapes, highlighting processes and operations as means of understanding and engaging with the wider territory. His work has been selected for various esteemed exhibitions and was featured at the Royal Academy of Arts London and Kings Place. 

Alongside teaching at The Bartlett, Alex is a practising urban designer at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), focusing on large scale design interventions and is a co- editor of the Testing-Ground Journal of Landscapes, Cities and Territories.

Tim Waterman, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture History and Theory

Tim Waterman is a landscape architect and theorist whose research explores the interconnections between food, taste, place, and democratic civil society. He also writes about landscape imaginaries from the perspective of utopian studies, and is deeply involved in the ongoing discourse in the emerging subjects of landscape justice, landscape democracy, and landscape citizenships. 

Tim is the Vice President of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) and a Non-Executive Director of the digital arts collective Furtherfield. 

Tim is the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture, now in its second edition and translated into several languages, and, with Ed Wall, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design. He has co-edited two recent volumes from Routledge: Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays, with Ed Wall, and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, with Joshua Zeunert. 


Accreditation

These programmes have secured Landscape Institute (LI) Candidate Accreditation status and are progressing to apply for full LI Accreditation status upon graduation of the first cohort.

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Contacts 

Programme Directors: Laura Allen and Mark Smout
Admissions enquiries: Thea Heintz 
Programme administrator: Kim Van Poeteren

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