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Landscape Architecture, BLA

Northeastern University offers a BLA in Urban Landscape. This major reflects a growing public interest in making our cities more sustainable, and in bringing the insights of landscape architects to join those of urban designers and architects. 

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Northeastern University offers a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Urban Landscape. This major reflects a growing public interest in making our cities more sustainable and in bringing the insights of landscape architects to join those of urban designers and architects. This hybrid field has deep roots in design, ecology, planning, and aesthetics. In the past 15 years, it has come to play an evermore important role in the design of new places, as well as the retrofitting of our older, postindustrial landscapes. An inherently interdisciplinary program, urban landscape will involve collaborations with other academic units on campus.

As part of their studies, students are enrolled in two six-month co-ops. This allows students to gain real-world experience in architecture that aids them in both their academic development and in professional advancement.   Students in the BLA in Landscape Architecture program spend a semester on study abroad in Dublin, Ireland

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate from Northeastern University with a degree in architecture, architectural studies or landscape architecture will have:

• Thorough 2D and 3D representation and modelling skills for deciphering and designing the built environment.

• Awareness of how global socio-cultural contexts influence the built environment, and how the built environment influences global communities.

• Thorough knowledge of sustainable and resilient design goals, strategies, and methods.

• Skills of communication and collaboration necessary for managing complex projects.

• Understanding of fundamental construction systems and techniques that shape the built environment.

• Critical ability to analyze and decipher complex environments.

• Exposure to the diverse range of professional opportunities and avenues for design of the built environment.

• Understanding of ethical responsibilities for designing the built environment.

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Interests of Landscape Architecture, BLA Students

  • architecture
  • cities
  • climate
  • community
  • design
  • energy
  • environment
  • infrastructure
  • landscape
  • nature
  • parks
  • planning
  • Resilience
  • resilience/sustainability
  • social justice
  • spaces
  • sustainability
  • urban
  • water

Co-op Opportunities

  • Sasaki
    Watertown, MA
  • Stoss
    Boston, MA
  • Bishop Land Design
    Quincy, MA
  • Reed Hilderbrand
    Cambridge, MA
  • Mass Design
    Boston, MA
  • Inter-Fluve
    Cambridge, MA
  • SCAPE Studios
    277 BROADWAY, SU
  • Design Trust for Public Space
    New York, NY
  • The Center for Urban Pedagogy
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Design Studio for Social Intervention
    2nd floor Roxbury, MA
  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation
    1711 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 200 Washington, DC
  • Ground Inc.
    Somerville, MA
  • Boston Harbor Association
    Boston, MA
  • Studio V Architecture
    New York, NY
  • RDK Engineers
    Boston, MA
  • Civic Moxie
    Brookline, MA
  • Hargreaves Associates
    Cambridge, MA
  • Mikyoung Kim Design
    Boston, MA
  • Payette
    Boston, MA
  • Stephen Stimson Associates
    Cambridge, MA
  • Tom Leader Studio
    Berkeley, CA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • AutoCAD
    • Redit
    • Rhino
    • InDesign
    • 3D printing
    • Design
    • Computer literacy
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Landscape architect

Landscape Architecture, BLA Requirements

Cooperative Education (Urban landscape majors are required to complete two six-month co-ops.)

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.500 GPA required

Major Credit Requirement

Complete 117 semester hours for the major.

Program Requirement

145 total semester hours required

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar�s website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Nicholas Brown

Associate Teaching Professor, Program Coordinator of Urban Landscape, Sustainable Urban Environments

nic.brown@northeastern.edu

Administrators:

Kate Zephir

Administrative Assistant

k.zephir@northeastern.edu
617-373-7556

Academic Advisors:

Alisa Sisson

Academic Advisor

a.sisson@northeastern.edu
617-373-7943

Jocelyn Faber

Academic Advisor

j.faber@northeastern.edu
617-373-3701

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

v.falasca@northeastern.edu
617-373-4960

Co-op Advisors:

Lynn Burke

Senior Co-op Coordinator for Architecture

l.burke@northeastern.edu
617-373-3462

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