Landscape Architecture – Graduate Programs

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In the framework of graduate studies, students enrolled in the Landscape Architecture track will deal with the theoretical, ethical and practical innovations that are currently being developed in the world in the field of landscape architecture, with reference to the specific physical, environmental, historical, cultural and social conditions in Israel.

Graduate studies, in the Landscape Architecture track, take place in very small groups, in an intimate and friendly atmosphere, with the friendly and personal assistance of teachers and staff. During their graduate studies, students in the landscape architecture track will also benefit from the vast array of research, knowledge and teaching forces found in other study tracks in the Faculty of Architecture and the Technion, such as architecture, urban and regional planning and environmental engineering.

The curriculum for advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture will emphasize areas that constitute the theoretical basis for landscape architecture in Israel. The program will identify areas of research in landscape architecture that will also make a significant contribution to the professional practice in the field, in Israel and in general. It includes the following topics:

History of Landscape Architecture – The history of landscape architecture in Israel focuses mainly on the formation and creation of the local landscape and constitutes a fertile research ground for examining historical processes, as well as the interactions between landscape design and planning and other areas of knowledge.

Natural systems as a basis for creating a sustainable environment – The study and research into natural systems, their value and vulnerability, will serve as the basis for interdisciplinary research, including landscape ecology, preservation of the various species and habitats, and the integration of national and regional infrastructure systems at the strategic and physical levels.

Planning and designing the public space – studying and researching the public space, with its traditional and new roles. An examination of the public space, with reference to the interaction between ecology and urban society in Israeli reality.

M.A. in Landscape Architecture

The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning offers a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. At the end of two academic years, the graduates receive a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A). Students with a B.A. in in Landscape Architecture (B.L.A), a B.Sc. in Architecture (B. Arch), as well as students with a B.A. in other academic subjects may apply to the M.L.A. program. The M.L.A. is not a professional degree and therefore is not a work permit. M.A. graduates in Landscape Architecture will be able to continue their Ph.D. studies in the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the Faculty of Architecture or pursue their Ph.D. studies in an academic field similar to landscape architecture, for example at the School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, at other universities, and abroad.

Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture

The doctoral studies program (Ph.D.) in Landscape Architecture was opened in 2016.

Areas of focus offered as part of M.A. studies in Landscape Architecture

History and theory of the Israeli landscape – Studies will focus on the history and theory of landscape architecture with an emphasis on the Israeli space and on the interactions between the formation of the local landscape and other areas of knowledge. The studies will be conducted in cooperation with the other areas of focus, in the Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and in the faculty’s other graduate degree tracks.

Natural systems as a basis for creating a sustainable environment – The studies will focus on recognizing the natural systems, understanding their value and vulnerability, as a basis for research on a variety of topics, including landscape ecology, conservation of diverse species and habitats and landscape integration of national and regional infrastructure systems.

Planning and Design of the Public Sphere – Studies will focus on the recognition and understanding of the public space as an arena for research and intervention, with reference to the interaction between ecology and urban society in the Israeli reality.

In all the areas of focus offered above, cooperation will also be possible with departments and programs in other areas of study, in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, in other faculties of the Technion, and in other academic institutions

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