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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of Landscape Architecture. The University of Calgary launched the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) in September 2015. This is the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada to be launched since 1980, and is situated in the geographically and culturally dynamic context of Alberta and
Western Canada. Our program is strategically positioned to engage with the critical sociocultural and ecological challenges of place-
making, climate change and resilience. Our MLA is intended as a program for the 21st century - to be leaders and to train leaders in
becoming catalysts for positive local and global change.

The Master of Landscape Architecture program complements the existing professional, accredited programs in Architecture and Planning
to create a strong, robust and inter-related triad of graduate programs dealing with the built environment. The MLA is a three-year
course-based program consisting of a foundation year plus two years at the Master’s level, and we will be seeking accreditation through
the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).

The MLA Program at the University of Calgary is a member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC) Candidacy
program, which is specifically designed to allow the program to work closely with the LAAC to position it for a successful initial
accreditation. Immediately following the graduation of our first cohort in the spring of 2018, we will be applying for accreditation. Assuming
that the review is successful, the program will be formally accredited, and this will be retroactive to all graduates of the first class from the
spring of 2018. We are working closely with the LAAC to ensure that our curriculum addresses the requirements of accreditation, and have
a preliminary review scheduled in 2017 to help us to prepare.

The program in EVDS is unique and distinctive:

  1. It is a program for the 21st Century and aims to sustainably address the critical issues facing settlements, societies and environments, using a landscape-based approach;
  2. It emphasizes and builds on the faculty’s strengths in the areas of urban design, ecological design, regional landscape systems, and cultural landscapes;
  3. Our faculty emphasis on interdisciplinarity is expressed through the overlapping relationships with the Master of Architecture and Master of Planning programs;
  4. Our faculty structure, which allows a student to ladder from a course-based professional degree program to a thesis-based research degree (MEDes or PhD), facilitates the further development of creativity and innovative approaches to critical issues into the future.

Click here to download the Master of Landscape Architecture program brochure.

For more information on how to apply, visit our Admissions page.