Maryland Landscape Architecture
Green Infrastructure, Ecological Urbanism, and Urban Agriculture: what do these topics have in common? These and more are all topics that we are exploring at University of Maryland Landscape Architecture.
Welcome to University of Maryland Landscape Architecture, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. We offer an accredited undergraduate four-year curriculum leading to the professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and both a two-year and a three-year Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) accredited degree. Both BLA and MLA degrees meet the academic requirements for licensure. We are housed in the Plant Sciences Building, built in 1997, located in the heart of the College Park campus just a thirty minute metro ride from Washington, D.C. And what a location - we have ready access to award-winning built landscapes and proximity to landscapes and waterways that need stewardship and ecological restoration.
The faculty, involved in teaching, research, and outreach, also advise each student every semester with course scheduling, curriculum requirements, and career planning. Our resources are cutting edge, from the computers and plotters of the Digital Studio, to the laser cutter for building models. We offer study abroad programs, and connections to professional internships that broaden the students' experience beyond the classroom. Community outreach is central to the student's learning experience at Maryland. This past fall semester, students held a design workshop for Long Wharf Park in Cambridge, MD, coordinated with the City of Cambridge and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's Center for Towns. This is the kind of project that provides real design and planning experience that connects teaching with learning and research, and continues the responsibility of stewardship in creating livable and sustainable environments.
Our BLA studio classes are approximately 16-18 students. Our MLA studio classes are approximately 10 - 12 students. At the University of Maryland, we offer the 2-Year Post Professional and the 3-Year First-Professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree. Our 2-Year students come to us with prior design education in landscape architecture or related disciplines. The 3-Year students often have no prior design training but bring to the program-and to each other-the richness of diverse undergraduate educations and work experiences. MLA students have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines.
For any questions you may have, please contact us.
David Myers, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA