Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Program
The MLA Program exemplifies the spirit of the land-grant mission that has characterized The University of Arizona since its founding. This professional degree program reflects the practical land stewardship values that led to the establishment of the profession in 1899. The Program provides education, research, and outreach in the systematic organization of public and private outdoor places for human and environmental health, social well-being, preservation of cultural heritage, and visual beauty. The MLA Program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) http://www.asla.org/accreditationlaab.aspx.
Master of Landscape Architecture Program Mission
The MLA Program aspires to be an eminent design program with an emphasis on sustainable strategies. The Program strives to develop a culture of scholarship and teaching innovation aimed at advancing the practice of landscape architecture for the 21st century. The faculty looks to continuously evolve approaches toward outcomes that improve design processes and solutions. Within this context, the central theme of the program is sustainable design characterized by a careful understanding of landscape ecology, landscape planning, cultural landscapes, history and theory, fine art, and technical and digital media proficiency. The program defines itself by the quality of its graduates who are: a) prepared for professional practice, and b) scholars of the discipline. The program purpose, core essential values, and associated objectives are centered on this mission statement. The following list emphasizes program core values.
- Studio culture focuses on excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement.
- Sustainable design practice demonstrates well-established connections between ecology and landscape architecture.
- Interdisciplinary partnerships illustrate collaborations essential for how we practice.
- Outreach and service learning opportunities advance teaching, scholarship, research, and professional practice in the community setting.
- Place-based learning, with applications to other regions, focuses teaching, research, and service on real-world situations.
- Preservation of cultural heritage and identity serves the Public interest, the State of Arizona and the greater Southwest.
- Promotion of the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
For a full overview of our program, please see the attached 2007-2013 LAAB Self Evaluation Report.