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The teaching and research of landscape architecture at the University of Canberra is situated within the Discipline of Architecture and Design, which incorporates architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, and graphic design.
Our landscape architecture students are taught in a research-led environment, through studios, tutorials, and field trips. We offer a number of studios and seminars that are directly related to the research activities of our highly trained academics and sessional teaching staff. This teaching approach exposes students to topical and current issues in landscape architecture, theory and practice.
The degree is characterized by the processes of making, reading, and knowing of landscapes in urban and non-urban contexts. Students learn how to appreciate the rich and culturally diverse ways in which landscapes are understood, especially from Indigenous perspectives. The students will also explore the landscape as physical and cultural systems. Our mode of teaching is innovative and dynamic, with much opportunity for students to engage with research and practice as they progress their study.
Students have the options of studying the three year Bachelor of Landscape Design where they can choose to study minors in Landscape Architecture Studio, Environmental Science, Architecture History and theory or sustainability. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Landscape Design, students with a credit average may apply to complete the one year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons).
For the first two years of the degree students take studios that are co-taught with architecture, industrial design and interior architecture. The studio and seminar units taught in the third and fourth years are dedicated to landscape architecture.
Open Majors and/or Minors
The following Majors and/or Minors are open to all UC students:
Each year landscape architecture students are considered for the following awards and prizes:
- Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Award for the student with the highest aggregate grade point average across the landscape architecture degree;
- The Carol Lomas Award for the student in the second year studio who has demonstrated the most improvement in design ability;
- The Carol Lomas Award for the student in the third year studio who has demonstrated the most improvement in design ability;
- Hassell Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award, a national award that recognises landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to expand their education and explore an area of landscape architecture that they are interested in developing further;
- Landscape Architecture Australia Award for design communication, a national award form Architecture media press that recognises a final year landscape architecture student for excellence in visual and written presentation of their graduating studio landscape architecture proposition.
For students wishing to study abroad as part of their landscape architecture degree, the University of Canberra has student exchange arrangements with the following universities:
- Iowa State University (USA)
- Kansas State University (USA)
- University of Georgia (USA)
- California Polytechnic (USA)
- University of Guelph (CANADA)
- University of Chulalongkorn (THAILAND)
- ISEP (GLOBAL)
If you would like to undertake a higher degree research you can apply for a Master of Design by Research Degree or Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Design with our academic staff in landscape architecture. We welcome you to take the opportunity to discuss this with our academic staff.
If you are interested in issues relating to the rural and urban environment, site design, landscape ecology, global challenges related to climate uncertainty, landscape planning, landscape theory, and Indigenous relations with the land, then our landscape architecture courses may be for you.
Our courses are strongly supported by local industry and landscape architecture professionals. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a suite of studios that are led by landscape architecture design offices in Canberra. This experience provides students with insight into the professional world as they conduct their studies.
Our graduates are highly sought after, and have become leaders in the field of landscape architecture in Australia. Our landscape architecture course continues to provide graduates with professional and critical thinking skills, and the capacity to work in a variety of fields and disciplines, including with state and local governments, national park and management agencies, cultural heritage units, and landscape architecture and multidisciplinary design practices.
Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.