Interim Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and Associate Professor
Pre-Landscape Architecture track of Environmental Design is preparation for the Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Program. The Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year professional program degree. The Auburn University Master of Landscape Architecture prepares students for careers as creative and adaptive landscape architects. All the components of our program are therefore designed to teach and model emerging real world conditions. We do this by treating the issues facing the world as design problems that are investigated through the work students do in studios, seminars, workshops and lectures.
This ethos of investigation is born out of the major environmental issues facing societies around the world: resource depletion, climate change, urbanization, water shortages and desertification, energy crises, sea-level rise, suburbanization. Landscape architects now practice in a world in which design is a critical component of building new futures. In order to meet new environmental challenges through innovative and sensitive design, landscape architects need to be trained how to think speculatively as well as practically, how to make new terrains and new conditions for life, and how to reach out to communities composed of diverse peoples with diverse needs.
The Auburn MLA has developed three areas of inquiry, which guide and regulate its teaching and learning strategies. These are ecological urbanism, environmental justice, and global challenges. Together they make up what we call the critical practice of landscape architecture.
Everything in the Auburn University MLA curriculum has been crafted especially for the teaching of contemporary landscape design. Students have twelve hours of studio per week. This gives them plenty of time to develop skills, to work creatively, and to have meaningful sessions with professors. Class size is small: no more than sixteen students. Feedback, project discussion, and review is critical, informed, relevant, and focused. It is always thought-provoking and constructive, shaped to help students achieve their best.
Our research, teaching and outreach programs place a strategic emphasis on urban and regional landscape systems. Students work with real clients and communities, taking on local knowledge and helping organizations and groups to achieve their goals as participants in the building of our collective futures. Students also work with professors who have significant industry experience, learning not only the skills to become a professional landscape architect, but also the confidence and authority that comes with being a good communicator of their creative work.
That's why our students have no trouble finding employment in the professional landscape architecture practices they admire.
The Auburn Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year, six semester program. Students with no design background are now able to complete the program in just over two years of full time study. Students who have a previous degree in architecture, urban design, or landscape architecture may, on application, achieve Advanced Placement into the program and complete it in just under two years of full time study.
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Each academic year, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture offers graduate assistantships. Normally, assistantships will be awarded by late spring for the following Fall, with employment beginning mid-August. Awards are based collectively on the applicant's overall GPA, test scores, experience, skills and abilities, and research or teaching expertise required by the assignment.
Assistantships may be from one to three semesters in length but are usually for Fall and Spring semesters only. While employed by the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture as a graduate assistant, the student must follow the policies and procedures for graduate assistants as outlined in the Graduate Assistant Handbook and published on the Graduate School web site.
As a demonstration of its commitment to graduate education and to the critical role that graduate assistants play in supporting the university's research and missions, Auburn University provides in-state tuition fellowships to its graduate assistants and a subset of its graduate research assistants who meet minimum requirements. To learn more, see Graduate Assistantships.