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, School of Landscape Architecture, Canterbury
The School of Landscape Architecture (SOLA) at Lincoln University is the home of Landscape Architecture in New Zealand, educating leaders of the profession for more than 50 years. 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 commitment to design excellence, working across the full range of projects from urban design to landscape ecology, Māori landscapes to landscape planning. Lincoln's reputation for excellence is based on practice-focussed, theoretically informed, and research-led programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our School is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and align our courses with the concepts of kaitiakitanga where we act as stewards of the land. 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 with community engagement in our studio projects at all levels - working with communities, iwi and a diverse range of organisations and groups.
The following programmes are NZILA accredited:
BLA: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
MLA: Master of Landscape Architecture (240 cr.)
Our BLA is four years in length. Our students are in high demand for entry into the profession of Landscape Architecture upon graduation. Our two-year 240 credit MLA is open to those with a previous university degree in any subject area. It is highly sought after for career changers or those with a previous Landscape Architecture degree that is not accredited by the NZILA.
We also offer a nonaccredited one-year MLA degree by thesis for those with an accredited BLA, and a three-year PhD degree for those wanting to specialize or pursue a research or academic career.
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)