“The landscape architecture profession is at a crossroads wherein collaboration with allied disciplines of planning, architecture, urban design, and environmental systems is essential to creating holistic and meaningful advances in educating students about global responsibility and local purpose,” said Signe Nielsen, a Pratt School of Architecture professor and co-founder of MNLA, in a press release. Nielsen will also teach in the new program. “There are no other landscape architecture programs that capture the breadth of disciplines and faculty capacity that Pratt can offer in this new program.”
The central three-year, six-semester (85 credit) program will be taught on Pratt’s main campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, along with a two-year, 55-credit version of the program for students with four-year pre-professional degrees and existing high-quality work. The curriculum will touch on everything from ecology to terraforming to landscape history.
“The program will be profoundly connected to its Brooklyn context, and encourage students to develop advanced knowledge of what constitutes landscape design across a range of complex ecologies and community contexts,” said School of Architecture dean Harriet Harris in a statement. Harris began work on implementing the program shortly after her appointment in 2019. “All future landscape architects will be required to work at the intersection of [the] climate crisis and social equity, and combine disciplinary deep expertise with advanced digital technologies to design the relational, community and city infrastructure needed to sustain advanced landscape systems, strategies and spaces.”