Our Master of Landscape Architecture program seeks to advance the study of urban ecology and design by addressing contemporary challenges in the field, including climate change, deteriorating infrastructure, brownfield reclamation, urban agriculture, and shifting populations. The program offers a three-year curriculum for students without prior design education; those with a degree in landscape architecture or architecture may receive advanced placement, thus reducing their course work by one or two semesters. In addition, students may pursue a variety of joint degrees, including in architecture, urban design, and other professional programs across the University. The MLA program has been granted initial accreditation for six years by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board; to read the full news release, click here.
Drawing on a remarkable Midwestern landscape, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, our MLA program is distinguished by a commitment to design excellence, regional and international perspectives, and interdisciplinary studies. 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 systems within the environment. Finally, urbanism serves as a terrain for contemporary landscape practice. This three-pronged approach is geared to develop the students' critical abilities to conceptualize the broader environment and prepare them to become leaders within professional and academic spheres.
The MLA program draws on a unique set of institutional and regional resources that includes:
- The Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series
- WUSTL programs in environmental studies, environmental engineering, and American cultural studies, as well as its ecological field station at Tyson Research Center
- Missouri Botanical Garden, Forest Park, the Danforth Plant Science Center, and The Nature Conservancy