Graduate Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
The field of landscape architecture operates at the intersection of multiple disciplines including art, ecology, geology, design, technology, and history. The MLA program at Pratt Institute embraces this radical hybridity and offers a core curriculum that allows students to creatively and effectively integrate multiple knowledge fields in the design of climate and community responsive landscapes. A foundation of ecology, representation and digital practices, terraforming, design studios, and landscape history and theory are combined and integrated to establish each student’s unique ecological design practice. The graduate program in Landscape Architecture (MLA) within Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, is a professional 85-credit, three-year degree for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree, including majors other than one of the environmental design professions. The three-year program requires six semesters in residence. The first two years are considered Core. The 55-credit, two-year degree, designed for students with four-year pre-professional degrees and demonstrated high-quality design work, requires four semesters in residence. (The program will apply for and aspires to receive accreditation from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board by the graduation date of the inaugural cohort.)
Responsive to expanding urban populations, deep social and racial inequity, and the climate crisis, the program focuses on the physical, ecological, social, and political conditions of the urban rural continuum. Research and intervention will run from the hyper-local to the regional, addressing the interconnectivity inherent in landscape systems that disregard arbitrary boundaries. In addition to traditional representation practices, students will be exposed to a more critical and multilayered process to reflect the shifting, temporal, experiential, and contested aspects of landscapes.
While drawing upon Pratt’s strong community ties to its Brooklyn home, the program foregrounds landscape ecology considered through design agendas like resilient public space, urban ecology, food sovereignty, spatial imagination, and global human narratives. The acute environmental and climate crisis is our context. To respond, students will conduct rigorous research into the primary modes of landscape intervention from the material and technological to the environmental and social implications of landscape practice in the 21st century and beyond. We are committed to training our graduates to be on the cutting edge of building a resilient, just future for all human and nonhuman species. The students will also benefit from an expansive list of electives, tapping into the many relevant courses currently offered within the School of Architecture, in particular, offerings of the Urban Design, Placemaking, and Sustainable Environmental Systems programs.