The Master of Landscape Architecture, which is unique in Cyprus, addresses graduates of architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science and other related disciplines (e.g. fine art, city planning, forestry, agriculture, biology) who wish to train as professional Landscape Architects. It deals with the study and design of natural and manmade landscape and aspires to fill an educational gap in this scientific area since today there is an intensified pressure of contemporary living to create useful and inspiring physical landscape spaces which hold a strong inter-relationship between local, regional and global interventions in the environment.
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) has been recognized by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). This recognition by and participation within the ECLAS provides several opportunities to both MLA academics and students alike. It allows for participation in ECLAS conferences, student architectural competitions, workshops, forums and the ability to communicate, cooperate and exchange experiences with other European Schools. In addition, the event marks the wider academic recognition of Neapolis University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program
The aim of the Master of Landscape Architecture is to provide education, research and training in Landscape Architecture with a special focus on Mediterranean conditions in both urban and rural contexts, as well as a strong emphasis on sustainability and ecology. Innovation and quality in design are strongly promoted. It also leads to formal qualifications for professionals who want to practice in the field of Landscape Architecture.
The specific objectives of the Master of Landscape Architecture are to:
- Understand the history of people’s relationships to the land; and of the fundamental theories of planning and design intervention
- Understand the physical, cultural and biotic forces which influence environment design
- Creatively engage a broad range of real contemporary problems in planning and design
- Provide knowledge of the information, processes and techniques used in the landscape planning and design professions
- Communicate with specialists in relevant social, natural and physical sciences; and in the arts
- Create environmentally and socially aware professionals, who will have the knowledge to create environmentally sound landscape design
- Promote sustainable development through landscape design
- Develop a sense of community through project-based design since landscape design studio projects are based on local or Mediterranean issues
- Prepare students for careers in landscape architecture, research or further academic studies (PhD)