School of Landscape Architecture Mission: The mission of the School of Landscape Architecture is to provide first professional degrees founded on excellence in design education through an interdisciplinary, academic and practice based model of design thinking and learning, and open to students and faculty of all cultures who wish to explore new urban landscapes and sustainable design principles influencing the advancement of the landscape architecture profession and the diverse and global communities it seeks to serve.
BAC LA Programs: The BAC's School of Landscape Architecture Master's and Bachelor degree programs are distinguished by an urban, global approach to contemporary design, and by a highly interdisciplinary curriculum. With foundation courses crossing between the various design programs at the BAC, students are exposed to multiple design dimensions within an interactive and dynamic atelier environment. The curricular mixture provides both the MLA and BLA level programs with a solid framework for exploring the interrelated components of a meaningful design language, while also mastering the intrinsic conditions specific to the study and professional practice of Landscape Architecture.
LA Studios and Discipline Courses: Through studios in systems and urban ecology, site planning and housing projects, urban parks and riverfront public realms, and museum and civic plazas, students are exposed to a progressive complexity of urban landscape architecture topics and physical sites. Courses on social aspects, history and diversity, public art and criticism, as well as scientific and technical principles, including urban ecology, hydrology and earthwork, planting design, and structural and construction means and methods, allow students to manifest their thinking into thoughtful studies and cutting-edge design solutions for present and future global urban spaces.
Practice: Concurrent with the academic Landscape Architecture coursework, students participate in experiential learning by working within professional firms. In these settings students test their academic discoveries by responding to real clients, tangible sites, and actual programs and construction budgets. These practice experiences equip students with hands-on knowledge and allow them to move into their professional track early in their careers.For information about Licensure in Landscape Architecture, see the Jobs, Professional Practice, and Licensure page.
Location: The School of Landscape Architecture takes full advantage of its prime location in the heart of Boston, where students have the ability to observe and consider real aspects of the City, in situ. The City, in this sense, is both the setting and the classroom for students to explore the living and constructed dynamics of urban public open space such that they have constant stimulation in a complex living and learning experience.
Students are engaged in professional practice in design firms, earning income and degree credits. Graduates are accomplished designers, with impressive resumes, portfolios, and professional networks...more