If you are interested in becoming a Landscape Architect, then you should begin considering which University might suit your requirements. In New Zealand, there are three Universities that provide NZILA accredited degrees in Landscape Architecture, as follows:
Lincoln University, Canterbury
Lincoln is the home of Landscape Architecture in New Zealand, educating leaders of the profession for over 40 years. New purpose-built design studios, set in a green campus, provide the world-class professional working environment you will need to develop your creativity, independence and professional skills for a rewarding career in landscape design, planning and management. Lincoln graduates are known for their well-rounded 'can do' approach, working across the full range of projects from urban design to National Parks. Lincoln's reputation for excellence is based on practice-focussed, theoretically-informed and research-led programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our experienced and committed staff have superb national and global networks that connect Lincoln students and graduates with leading practices and Universities the world over. We also connect locally. Rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury provides a new focus for community engagement, and studio projects at all levels involve working with communities, iwi and a diverse range of organisations and groups.
The following courses are NZILA accredited:
BLA (four-year undergraduate entry)
BLA (two-year graduate entry)
MLA (240 cr.)
Undergraduate students can progress through a four year programme with options to specialise with a Minor in topics such as Urbanism and Design, Spatial Planning, Maori Studies, Design Critique or Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Lincoln has over 40 Minors to choose from! Graduates from related disciplines can choose between two or three year graduate and masters programmes. The MLA includes options such as design critique, landscape planning and landscape management. Lincoln University also have postgraduate programmes for established professionals to upskill.
Victoria University, Wellington
Victoria's School of Architecture has an internationally recognised reputation as a leading tertiary provider in the built environment. Our campus occupies a central city location just off cosmopolitan Cuba Street. Our location means we can easily engage with working practitioners in our teaching environment. We offer world class facilities on campus including exhibition spaces, lecture theatres, workshops, computer labs and design studios. Students have access to these excellent resources, as well as the latest technology, for undergraduate study and postgraduate research. Victoria's Landscape Architecture programme encompasses the technology of site development and site systems, historical and contemporary interactions of people in the landscape and design as critical methods of facilitating landscape change. All of these subjects are offered in an integrated programme anchored by the studio experience. Opportunities for the integration of teaching across disciplines are widespread at the School of Architecture and across the academic community at Victoria. Landscape Architecture students work on projects that address place, community, activity, meaning, form and aesthetics. The outcomes include integrated solutions for open space networks, transport routes, street typologies, built form, land use mixes, recreation space, community facilities and urban ecology.
The NZILA accredited qualification at Victoria is the 3+2 Bachelor Architectural Studies in Landscape Architecture (BAS)/Masters Landscape Architecture (MLA).
Based in the vibrant hub of New Zealand's largest and continually developing City - Auckland, Unitec's Department of Landscape Architecture is currently experiencing a new and exciting period of growth, evolution and change. Traditional landscape threads such as gardens, nature and aesthetics long associated within the profession are now being strengthened and complimented by notions of interplay, chance and change. Ecological restoration, revitalization of civic space, urban fringes and infrastructural wastelands form the fabric of modern landscape architecture. Social, environmental, cultural and economic issues are drivers for this change, influencing and forming a new character for landscape disciplines. As a consequence of this new character Unitec graduates learn a new language that enables them to acquire design techniques that represent, test and critique ideas and concepts that address these shifting drivers. Unitec's landscape programmes are based in a stunning listed heritage building within the beautiful, tree filled open space of our Mount Albert campus. We have dedicated studios for each of the four year groups of the programme fully equipped with drawing boards, MAC & PC computers and supported by a programme of the latest computer aided design software and machinery such as a 3-d router, laser-cutter (for model-making) and fully equipped workshops. Conceptual, explorative, technical and managerial, the suite of landscape programmes at Unitec offers professionally accredited degrees, diplomas and certificates, drawing on science, history, art and modern technology to equip graduates with the skills and techniques for a career in this exciting industry.
Unitec offers an NZILA accredited course:
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA)