The Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich offers a new two-year Master’s degree program in Landscape Architecture (MScLA). It redefines the goals and boundaries of landscape architecture as a design discipline through the development of new tools and methods which vary according to project location, scale and time.
The ETH Master in Sciences of Landscape Architecture (MScLA) prepares a new generation of landscape architects to respond to increasingly complex situations and unforeseen phenomena. By centering observation, experimentation, and synthetic thinking, the program enables students to imagine creative and sustainable solutions on the scale of the city and landscape.
This dynamic moment requires interdisciplinary collaborations with the humanities and sciences to develop hybrid methodologies that are able to respond to the pressing questions of climate change adaptation, social equity, landscapes in transition, and regenerative management of ecological resources. Initiated by Prof. Christophe Girot and Prof. Günther Vogt and today run by Prof. Teresa Galí-Izard at the Institute of Urban Studies (LUS) in the Department of Architecture, the program is set within the renowned technical innovation and research happening at ETH Zurich and is uniquely positioned to collaborate with scientists and engineers who are exploring the boundaries of their fields. Intensive interdisciplinary collaboration enables the development of design and planning methods that traverse scales through the use of big data, GIS-based 3D landscape modelling, and robotics. Parametric and rule-based design approaches facilitate these collaborations and enable us to develop more adaptive strategies and infrastructures.
Graduates from the ETH MScLA are trained to work through different cultures and contexts across a range of scales – from the design of a place to adaptive management at regional scales. They will learn how to respond to existing urban and peri-urban conditions in order to develop creative, rigorous and technically sophisticated design strategies in collaboration with other disciplines. With this novel profile, graduates will open new fields of activity and research in landscape architecture.
Full-time, four semesters plus six months for the required internship. It awards 120 ECTS credits.
First application round:
1 Nov. – 15 Dec. 2022: compulsory for students with a foreign Bachelor’s degree (extra-EU, EU/EFTA), for students who wish to apply for the Excellence & Opportunity Scholarship Programme (ESOP). It is also open to all applicants.
Second application round:
1 – 30 April 2023: only for students with a Swiss Bachelor’s degree who do not need a visa to study in Switzerland or who already have a Swiss residence permit.
The program starts in the autumn of 2023.
Applications are open for students with international bachelor’s degree. Deadline: 15 December 2022. Program starts in Autumn 2023. Images courtesy of ETH MSc in Landscape Architecture.