designing the future
Landscape architecture requires an understanding of people, land and the fit between them. Using creativity and innovation, landscape architects aim to meet the needs of people while improving the environment. They design memorable places that are attractive, functional and sustainable and that affect the way our cities, suburbs, rural and wilderness areas are planned, designed and managed. If you have creative abilities and are interested in problem-solving and communication, then consider studying landscape architecture at the University of Guelph .
Landscape Architecture Programs
The University of Guelph offers a four year (eight semester) professional undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and a three year (six semester) professional graduate program, leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree. Landscape Architecture is one of several departments that contribute to the University of Guelph 's PhD in Rural Studies.
The University of Guelph is internationally recognized as a centre of landscape architecture education. Our BLA program, established in 1964, and our MLA program, established in 1973, are among the oldest professional programs in Canada . We have approximately 250 students enrolled in our degree programs. Students come from across Canada and many regions of the world. Our active international exchange programs attract individuals with diverse backgrounds and provide the opportunity for our students to study and travel abroad.
The Landscape Architecture faculty bring a broad range of experiences to the learning environment at Guelph. They hold degrees in landscape architecture and many related fields and have practiced in a variety of settings. Our faculty are recognized internationally for their contributions to teaching, research, writing, practice and professional service.
The BLA and the MLA programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in association with the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the United States. Our graduates become licensed professionals when they have earned a professional degree, interned for two years, and completed an examination.
The faculty and students in Landscape Architecture are a group of creative, concerned and intensively involved individuals who enjoy the opportunity to work and learn together. We provide comfortable studios and classrooms, as well as computing and computer imaging facilities. Nearby communities and rural landscapes provide the context for many studio projects. Toronto, a city of three million people, is approximately one hour from Guelph and frequently serves as a setting for studying urban issues. We maintain strong ties to practicing professionals and professional associations.
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