Message from the Associate Dean (Landscape Architecture)

The Master of Landscape Architecture In the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is the newest Landscape Architecture professional degree program in Canada. Our first class was admitted in 2015 and accredited three years later in 2018 by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects with our first graduates. The Calgary and Southern Alberta region provides a living laboratory for exploring a rich glacial history of evolving land forms and processes. Biologically diverse ecological subregions from prairie to badlands, to parkland to foothills to Mountains are all within easy access from Calgary. 

The MLA is a three year course-based first professional degree program at the Masters Level. The first year is a foundation year followed by the Masters 1 and Masters 2 years. The Foundation Year focuses on design skills and design thinking for students coming from non-design undergraduate degree backgrounds. Applicants who have completed pre-professional undergraduate design degrees, or have equivalent qualifications can be admitted directly into Masters 1 

The profession of Landscape Architecture is a growing field of practice that includes a wide range of areas at different scales from residential to regional including urban design, public spaces, parks and recreation, climate change adaptation, green infrastructure, low impact development, water resources management, transportation, spatial land use design, and habitat restoration.  As a relatively new Canadian MLA program, and currently the only one in Alberta, our program is designed to address contemporary areas of emerging practice in Landscape Architecture which focus on the critical ecological, social, and cultural challenges of placemaking and sustaining biological life support systems in urban regions and regional environments.  

Our MLA Program has quickly achieved recognition for providing a quality professional education experience in Landscape Architecture. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about our program or admission requirements

Mary-Ellen Tyler Interim Associate Dean (Planning and Landscape Architecture)

Program Philosophy

The MLA first professional degree program meets all the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects accreditation requirements. For our program, five principles are key to our curriculum design and delivery: process and form, design studio-based, interdisciplinarity, sustainability, and real-world problem solving.

Landscape Architecture as a Career

Landscape architects work in private practice, as well as in larger interdisciplinary consulting firms, and different levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal). Landscape architects have a range of practice expertise in technology and construction, plants, soil, irrigation, public space and street design, recreational amenities, climate change adaptation, low impact development, project management, habitat and park design, industrial landscape restoration and reclamation, urban design, and visual communication.   

Program Structure

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a first professional degree at the Masters Level. It is a course-based degree which means no research thesis is required. The Program curriculum incorporates the breadth of Canadian Society of Landscape Architects accreditation requirements and the program was fully accredited in 2018, three years after it admitted its first students. 

The three-year curriculum (Foundation Year plus two years (LA 1 and LA 2) is expected to be completed in six consecutive terms; less if you are admitted directly into LA 1 rather than the Foundation year.  The program is structured around a sequence of core design studios, technology courses, and design theory and methods courses. Because of this curriculum sequencing all applicants admitted to the MLA must enter the Program in the Fall term. 

Explore Student Work

Student spotlights

Jackson Brandt (MLA'19) - Landscape architecture grad meets challenge to design fire suppression for hard-hit Waterton area. His capstone project combines natural firebreak with walk-in campground.

Karly Do (MLA'20) enjoys a quiet moment in the Old Botanical Garden in Zurich, Switzerland

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