Landscape architecture, being a multi-disciplinary domain, incorporates forms of ecology, geography, soil sciences, environmental psychology, botany, horticulture, industrial design, and, of course, architecture.


The creation of public parkways and parks or the designing of residential estates and civil infrastructure are some of the most important activities which can be found in the field of landscape architecture. While integrating ecological support, the landscape architects work on external areas with certain limitations against the park or landscape’s form of design: urban, rural, suburban, large or small, with planted and built materials (or hard and soft materials). Maybe the most valuable improvement that can be made at the number one stage of a project, in order to generate ideas with technical sense and original flair for the use of spaces, organization and design is the landscape architecture. The detailed design sketches and technical stipulations are ready after the landscape architect can realize the entire concept and prepare the master plan. He can also reexamine recommendations to supervise and authorize contracts for construction work. Another domain of expertise refers to the preparation of environmental and design impact assessments and audits, and the serving as the most skilled witness at land use issues inquiries.

Harvard Department of Landscape Architecture is the oldest, most appreciated academic plan in landscape architecture in the world. Since it has been founded, in the year 1900, it’s played the only role in the progress of landscape architecture as a medium of design that implies environmentalism, culture and urbanism, and landscape architecture as an academic discipline and as a profession as well. Its main objective is to advance the analysis and innovative design practices and make environments, as they meet with the growth of urbanization. Candidates in the MLP, or Master in Landscape Architecture Program, perform with a faculty that is internationally recognized and investigate the many, many ways in which landscapes are part of the ramifications of the modern city.

A greater public visibility, cultural relevance, and opportunities for professional guidance have landscape architecture enjoyed in the recent history. The Department has been part of the most important centers in the entire world for the manufacturing and distribution of landscape knowledge. The Department wishes to become the preeminent place for the schooling of landscape architects as they are more and more addressed as design professionals uniquely suited to represent and solve the challenges which may be found when design culture, environment, and urbanization meet.

The traditional disciplinary limits rarely correspond to the constructed environment. Because of that, the Master in Landscape Architecture Program stretches the width and depth of the field and savors powerful pedagogical relations to urban design, planning, and architecture. The MLA candidates profit from closeness to events and discussions in associated disciplines across campus in the history of domains like engineering, environment, the arts, ecology, and architecture. A range of institutional assets and reserves unique in the field like the Harvard Center for the Environment, the Arnold Arboretum, Dumbarton Oaks, and Harvard Forest raises the Department’s culture.