Master of Landscape Architecture

More than ever, the world needs more informed, more innovative, more critically involved landscape architects. Global population growth, changing climate, and continued depletion of natural resources question historical planning and design models. Landscape architects have emerged among design professionals to lead in the reclamation, organization, and understanding of our cities to meet these 21st century challenges. Among American cities, Chicago presents unique opportunities to test and celebrate the potential of urban environments to transform these conditions of crisis to promise, neglect to value, banality to beauty.

Chicago is geographically positioned within the Great Lakes Basin, where twenty percent of the world’s fresh water supply is both a vital natural resource and an economic catalyst for the mega-region. While Chicago enjoys the legacy of a world-class park system sponsored by the 1893 Columbian Exposition, it is steadily being transformed by a set of contemporary projects and urban policies that signal the emergence of Chicago's 21st century landscape as a rigorous laboratory for global cities.

Additional Admission Requirements

To be admitted without conditions to the Master of Landscape Architecture program, an applicant is required to have prior college-level coursework in freehand drawing, biology, and earth science (geology, physical geography, hydrology, etc.). Candidates lacking these prerequisites may be admitted on the condition that they complete the required coursework before enrolling. Candidates will be notified upon admission of their program of study, which is determined by prior academic training and professional experience, as well as portfolio content.

Master of Landscape Architecture

Required Courses (75)
LA 501History, Theory, and Criticism I: Landscape Architecture Theory3
LA 502History, Theory, and Criticism II: Landscape Architectural History3
LA 503History, Theory, and Criticism IV: Advanced Contemporary Theory -- Case Studies3
LA 504History, Theory, and Criticism III: Landscape Architecture Research Seminar3
LA 514Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture I: Entrepreneurship and Practice3
LA 516Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture II: Landscape Architecture and Time3
LA 525Design Media I: Drawing and Modeling the Landscape3
LA 526Design Media II: Digital Media3
LA 527Design Media III: Advanced Modeling and Fabrication-Dynamic Processes3
LA 541Landscape Architecture Studio I: Processes6
LA 542Landscape Architecture Studio II: Site and City6
LA 543Landscape Architecture Studio III: Comprehensive Landscape Architecture6
LA 544Landscape Architecture Studio IV: Site, City, and Region6
LA 545Landscape Architecture Studio V: Metropolis6
LA 546Landscape Architecture Studio VI: Metropolis6
LA 565Ecology and Materials Workshop I: Plants and Planting3
LA 566Ecology and Materials Workshop II: Earthworks and Infrastructures3
LA 567Ecology and Materials Workshop III: Planting Design and Construction3
LA 568Ecology and Materials Workshop IV: Constructing the Urban Environment3
Elective Courses (15)
Select six credit hours of Landscape Architecture electives 16
Select nine credit hours of Landscape Architecture/Architecture electives 29
Total Credit Hours90
1

Electives may be chosen from any LA 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

2

Electives may be chosen from any LA or ARCH 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

 

Master of Landscape Architecture with Advanced Standing

Required Courses (48)
LA 501History, Theory, and Criticism I: Landscape Architecture Theory3
LA 503History, Theory, and Criticism IV: Advanced Contemporary Theory -- Case Studies3
LA 504History, Theory, and Criticism III: Landscape Architecture Research Seminar3
LA 516Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture II: Landscape Architecture and Time3
LA 525Design Media I: Drawing and Modeling the Landscape3
LA 541Landscape Architecture Studio I: Processes6
LA 542Landscape Architecture Studio II: Site and City6
LA 545Landscape Architecture Studio V: Metropolis6
LA 546Landscape Architecture Studio VI: Metropolis6
LA 565Ecology and Materials Workshop I: Plants and Planting 13
LA 567Ecology and Materials Workshop III: Planting Design and Construction 13
LA 568Ecology and Materials Workshop IV: Constructing the Urban Environment3
Elective Courses (12)
Select three credit hours of Landscape Architecture electives 23
Select nine credit hours of Landscape Architecture/Architecture electives 39
Total Credit Hours60
1

Students with a B.L.A. may substitute Landscape Architecture/Architecture electives for LA 565 and LA 567.

2

Electives may be chosen from any LA 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

3

Electives may be chosen from any LA or ARCH 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

Electives

Media

  • GIS
  • Flash
  • Animation
  • Parametric (Revit)

History and Theory

  • Specific designers, periods, themes

Current electives

  • Urban planning

Research

  • As per individual student and faculty interests
 

Master of Landscape Architecture Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LA 5013LA 5023
LA 5253LA 5263
LA 5416LA 5426
LA 5653LA 5663
 15 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LA 5043LA 5033
LA 5273LA 5143
LA 5436LA 5446
LA 5673LA 5683
 15 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LA 5163LA 5466
LA 5456Landscape Architecture Elective13
Landscape Architecture Elective13Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23
Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 90
1

Electives may be chosen from any LA 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

2

Electives may be chosen from any LA or ARCH 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

 

Master of Landscape Architecture with Advanced Standing Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LA 5013LA 5033
LA 5253LA 5426
LA 5416LA 5683
LA 56513Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23
 15 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
LA 5043LA 5466
LA 5163Landscape Architecture Elective33
LA 5456Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23
LA 56713Landscape Architecture/Architecture Elective23
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 60
1

Students with a B.L.A. may substitute landscape architecture/architecture electives for LA 565 and LA 567.

2

Electives may be chosen from any LA or ARCH 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.

3

Electives may be chosen from any LA 400- or 500-level course with adviser approval, subject to 400-level course limit restrictions.