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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)

Programme Description

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is unique in Cyprus and offers in-depth study of the design and management of natural and man-made landscapes.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture aims to provide graduates with comprehensive knowledge in designing and planning landscapes of different scales: public squares to private gardens, golf courses to seaside complexes, roads to national parks, abandoned industrial landscapes to historical monuments, urban sites to protected natural areas.

Although it spans a wide range of applications, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture emphasizes on the Mediterranean landscape and the particularities of its cultural heritage and its specific environmental conditions. As part of their studies, the students will come into contact with important Landscape Architecture firms dealing with both design and construction of various applications of Landscape Architecture, will become familiar with environmental, technological and cultural issues, will get acquainted with modern theories of landscape design and will be asked to solve a series of landscape design problems of increasing complexity applying specific methodological landscape approaches.

Graduates of the Programme will be competent to combine technical and scientific knowledge with ecological approaches onto creative landscape ideas and proposals for a vast range of landscapes that surround us, and in ways to promote synergies between natural and man-made environments.

Philosophy of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The Programme in Landscape Architecture seeks to educate Landscape Architects competent to deal with contemporary issues and challenges, as well as sensitive to environmental issues of the Cypriot landscape and the Mediterranean environment.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture serves four basic principles:

  • Τhe environment, that is designing sustainable open spaces in urban and rural areas
  • Τhe socio-cultural dimensions of design, namely the modern concepts of  Landscape Architecture and the impact of social, cultural, economic, and political parameters on the design of the landscape
  • Τhe natural ecosystems as a valuable force of design, that is the physical and functional aspects of ecology
  • Τechnology, as a tool for the constructionof landscape ideas

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is structured around four themes:

  • Mediterranean Landscape (History, Theory, Culture, Ecology and Environment)
  • Methodology of Landscape Architecture (Design and Methods of Representation)
  • Materials and Methods of Construction
  • Professional Ethics

Graduates of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture will be able to combine the technical and scientific knowledge along with ecological approaches to promote synergies between natural and man-made living systems.

Introduction to Landscape Architecture (2 semesters)

Students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture acquire basic design skills and knowledge in landscape design, while developing their creativity.

Basic Landscape Design Skills (4 semesters)

In this second unit, students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture further develop their landscape skills and apply them to a series of design issues of increasing complexity and scale. The articulation and synthesis of landscape space is an integral part of the design process, while exploring current issues concerning public open spaces and restoration of natural and man-made landscapes.

Advanced Landscape Design Case Studies (2 semesters)

Students of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture explore the role of Landscape Architecture in designing the contemporary complex urban environment, acquiring further dexterities in the articulation of landscape space, sustainable implementation of planting material, innovative use of materials and landscape construction techniques, sustainable landscape management and professional practices. The selected case studies are complex and combine urban environmental planning, landscape management and technology with sociocultural parameters. With their dissertation, students formulate their individual identity as Landscape Architects.

Career Prospects

The Degree in Landscape Architecture follows the standards of the European Foundation of Landscape Architects (EFLA), the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), the British Institute of Landscape Architecture, the European Organization of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) and the Greek National Association of Landscape Architects (Π.Σ.Α.Τ). Graduates of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture are qualified to work as freelancers, staff landscape architectural and architectural firms as well as public and semi-public bodies that deal with the landscape, be it outdoor spaces in urban and rural areas or the natural environment.

Duration of studies

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) lasts four years. Courses are taught in Greek and in English.