100 years ago, Europe’s first academic teaching of landscape architecture was launched in Norway. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) will again pioneer in this academic field, with the launch of a new master’s programme in Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability, in autumn 2020. This will be the first Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture dedicated to global issues and a worldwide perspective.
Shaping livable spaces
Global development leads to formidable environmental, societal, and territorial challenges. Massive and increasing urbanization alters land use at alarming rates, and mass migration and political instability increasingly compromise people’s relationship with their territory. At the same time climate change and natural disasters pose unprecedented risks.
Such global challenges affect how people interact with and perceive their surroundings – their landscape. Shaping these living spaces is the goal of landscape architecture, which is concerned with planning, designing and managing functional, attractive, and future-proof spaces that respond to human as well as ecological needs.
Meeting challenges across disciplines
Today’s global challenges require a trans-disciplinary and holistic mindset, and the courage to trust and follow through creative ideas. NMBU’s interdisciplinary community will be a valuable resource to our students, encompassing international environmental and development studies, urban and regional planning, and landscape architecture.
Our graduates will receive the title ‘Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)’ and will be affiliated with the profession of landscape architecture.
International master’s degree
The programme is developed as an international master’s degree with students from diverse parts of the world. It will be conducted in English.
NMBU looks forward to receiving applications from candidates for whom design and planning are no foreign words. We welcome applicants who do not hesitate to apply creative thinking to tackle today’s challenging problems. We are confident that we and our applicants share a deep interest in the environment and its ecology, as well as a deep trust in the power of design.
Courses in this programme incorporate group work, which will provide opportunities for the exchange of intercultural experience and knowledge. Fieldwork will be encouraged to ground the students’ research and problem-solving efforts in complex, real-life situations.
For more information about the programme and admissions, please visit: Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability - Master of Science