Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability
Master of science (2 year) Full time
Ready to engage in the most pressing issues of our time? Combining practices from landscape architecture and studies in global development, planning and ecology, this programme offers a unique approach to global environmental and social challenges.
The programme will address some of the planet’s most urgent issues; climate change, environmental deterioration, natural hazards, regional conflicts, poverty and migration.
The master's program Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability offers unique opportunities of studying and designing contested landscapes and territories. Contested landscape and territories are the object of contention or competition; human beings struggle for it.
The programme contains a sequence of three studio courses that apply a critical question-driven approach. Constant exchange of diverse disciplinary backgrounds and perspectives within participants will be encouraged and supported.
Candidates graduating from this programme will be affiliated with the profession of landscape architecture.
Their environmental problem-solving skills suit potential future jobs at a variety of scales, for example in:
- regional land-use planning
- land management
- environmental rehabilitation
- blue-green infrastructure
- community activism, and site-design interventions, nationally as well as internationally.
The programme has a transdisciplinary focus and spans the traditional landscape architecture curriculum from landscape management, planning and design, including landscape ecology, as well as theory and methods from development studies. The programme has a research focus and is at a master level. The programme builds up from the Bachelor’s level of landscape architecture and related studies to an advanced level of global landscape architecture.
The programme is developed as an international master’s degree programme, where students will be attracted from different parts of the world. The courses include group work that will provide many opportunities for the exchange of intercultural experience and knowledge. Courses will cover ethical concerns as well as knowledge about working internationally and experiencing cultural differences.
NMBU has exchange agreements within many disciplines and with many universities across the world. You will find more information at NMBU's website HERE
Admission requires a Bachelor degree or an equivalent background in one of the following fields: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Development Studies, Resource Management, Environmental studies, Engineering and other relevant fields.
Applicants must meet the University’s requirement for English language proficiency and include a 1-page (A4) motivation letter.
Applicants are expected to be able to express themselves visually. Those applicants who have no formal education within visualization are recommended to address their experiences with visualization in their motivation letter.
The study program Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability comprises field trips. Students need to be prepared to cover their own travel expenses. Take contact with the study advisor of the program for more information.
NMBU requires that you have your own personal laptop in connection with learning activities or forms of assessment.
Combining practices from landscape architecture and studies in global development, this programme offers a unique approach to environmental and social challenges across the globe.
An introduction to Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability (GLA301) with its essential challenges like global urbanization, migration, climate change, loss of biodiversity, to name a few, in the first semester will be followed by extensive fieldwork abroad (GLA302). The topic of the first field course in autumn 2022 will be ‘water’ and adaptation to water-caused challenges. The comprehensive data, and rich experience—gathered in the field—will be subsequently processed within a design studio framework. Scientific analysis will be accompanied by theoretical and empirical reflection. Theoretical and historical perspectives on landscapes in a globalized world will be provided (GLA303).
Content touched upon in the first semester, will be furthered in the second studio course in a Nordic context (GLA304). In addition, students choose courses from a list of recommended courses focusing on either development, ecological or planning perspectives. These courses provide the opportunity to acquire deeper empirical and theoretical knowledge within the chosen perspective.
The third studio course (GLA305) follows up the thematic line of GLA302 and GLA304. Students are encouraged to start preparing for their master thesis. Moreover, students proceed with their thematic deepening by choosing courses from the list of recommended courses.
The last semester is reserved for the master’s thesis.