In the fall of 2010, the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis launched a new graduate program in landscape architecture leading to a professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). Two- and three-year degree options accommodate students with design and other undergraduate degrees. The landscape program further develops cross-disciplinary connections among architecture, urban design, and visual arts in the Sam Fox School.

The program in landscape architecture focuses on the three subjects of design, ecology and urbanism. The transformative process of design — linking cultural, historical and technological investigations — forms the pedagogical basis for research. Ecology informs design practice to address a multiplicity of scales and natural systems within the environment. Urbanism serves as a terrain of contemporary landscape practice. As heirs to design, ecological and urban traditions, landscape architects are uniquely suited to articulate a spatial vision for today's environment. This three-pronged approach is geared to develop the students' critical and conceptual abilities, and prepare them to become leaders within professional and academic spheres.

The curriculum is centered on studio teaching supported by instruction in technology, history and theory. Following the core sequence of design studios and classes, students are encouraged to develop their own research interests through advanced design studios and electives. Interdisciplinary and international option studios foster a multiplicity of perspectives leading to a research-based degree project (thesis or independent study). In addition, students have opportunities to further their investigations within and beyond the school through teaching and research assistantships and scholarships.

The landscape architecture program draws on a unique set of institutional, regional and international resources available at the Sam Fox School. St. Louis functions as a laboratory for understanding and testing ecological and urban theories at the local scale, from brownfield reclamation to urban agriculture systems. Washington University's outstanding programs in Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, and American Culture Studies expand curricular offerings in ecology, technology and landscape studies, and the internationally renowned Missouri Botanical Garden serves as an exceptional tool of research and teaching. Finally, through the extensive international offerings of the school in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Seoul and Tijuana, students experience different landscapes, cultures and cultures of practice.

Website:http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/programs/mla

Master of Landscape Architecture Degree - MLA 3

The following is the curriculum sequence for the three-year MLA program:

Pre-Semester Course: Landscape Architecture/Architecture Orientation + Workshop

SemesterUnits
First Semester
Landscape Architecture Core Studio I6
Landscape Representation3
Plants and Environment1.5
Grading and Landform1.5
Modern & Contemporary History3
Second Semester
Landscape Architecture Core Studio II6
Digital Tools3
Planting Design1.5
GIS for Site Design1.5
Landscape Ecology3
Third Semester
Landscape Architecture Core Studio III6
Visualizing Ecological Processes3
Landscape History and Theory3
Electives*3
Fourth Semester
Landscape Architecture Core Studio IV6
Research in Landscape3
Landscape Technology3
Electives*3
Fifth Semester
Landscape/Urban Design/Architecture Studio6
Electives*9
or Thesis Option:
Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio6
Thesis Preparation3
Electives*6
Sixth Semester
Landscape/Urban Design/Architecture Studio6
Professional Practice3
Electives*6
or
Thesis Project9
Professional Practice3
Electives*3
Total Units90

*The elective sequence changes from year to year, depending on offerings from the MLA, MArch and MUD programs. The program office determines which courses fulfill this requirement.

Please refer to the sections below for the comprehensive studio and thesis studio requirements.

Master of Landscape Architecture Degree - MLA 2

The following is the curriculum sequence for the two-year MLA program; placement is determined by the Admission Committee.

SemesterUnits
First Semester
Landscape Architecture Core Studio III6
Visualizing Ecological Processes3
Plants and Environment1.5
Grading and Landform1.5
Modern & Contemporary History3
Second Semester
Landscape Core Studio IV6
Research in Landscape3
Planting Design1.5
GIS for Site Design1.5
Landscape Ecology3
Third Semester
Landscape/Urban Design/Architecture Studio6
Landscape History and Theory3
Electives*6
or Thesis Option:
Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio6
Thesis Preparation3
Electives*6
Fourth Semester
Landscape/Urban Design/Architecture Studio6
Professional Practice3
Electives*6
or Thesis Option
Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio6
Professional Practice3
Electives*6
Total Units60

*The elective sequence changes from year to year, depending on offerings from the MLA, MArch and MUD programs. The program office determines which courses fulfill this requirement.

All Master of Landscape Architecture students (including dual degree students) must take one landscape architecture comprehensive studio.

Master of Landscape Architecture Comprehensive Studio Requirement

Students must achieve a minimum average of B- in the core sequence in order to enter the comprehensive studio sequence. Students who do not fulfill this requirement may be permitted to repeat the 501 or 502 studio. If a student still fails to meet the B- average after taking an additional 500-level studio, the student's status will be determined by a Faculty Committee.

Master of Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio Requirement

Students who wish to take the Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio must have earned a grade of B or better in two of the preceding three studios, with at least a grade of C in the third.

For a list of available courses, please refer to the Courses section of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in this Bulletin.