Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

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.

Accredited as a full institutional Member of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS)

Accredited as a full institutional Member of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS)



120 ECTS





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)


The graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture can be employed in consulting offices, educational institutions and other public and private entities. The Master in Landscape Architecture follows the standards of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) of European Schools of Landscape Architecture (ECLAS) and the British Institute of Landscape Architecture and Pan-Hellenic Association of Landscape Architects, where graduates are qualified to register as Landscape Architects and work internationally.


The structure of the Master of Landscape Architecture follows the IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) accreditation requirements. It is divided into four semesters. Each semester comprises one studio course and three taught courses that are related to the studio. Studio courses are successively becoming of larger scale and complexity. The final semester consists of a landscape workshop and a combined research and design thesis assignment. The Master of Landscape Architecture is oriented to local and regional contexts of landscape design in the Mediterranean area within the confines imposed by IFLA Europe requirements, and focuses on:

  • The landscape design process; site analysis through to the final design
  • Theory and History of Landscape Architecture
  • Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture
  • Ecology, environment and community (sustainable development and landscape conservation)
  • Planting approaches and materiality (planting design and landscaping technology)
  • Landscape restoration and conservation
  • Culture and heritage of the built and natural environment

The areas of knowledge that are provided in the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) are:

  • Landscape Design
  • Theory and History of Landscape
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Techniques of Construction Landscape
  • Techniques of Representation-Landscape Design
  • Professional Practices

First semester

The First Semester in the Master of Landscape Architecture is an intensive introduction period where students are acquainted with the principals of landscape design, landscape history and theory, landscape construction and planting technology. The design studio plays an important role in the teaching and learning of Landscape Architecture with students working on projects individually and in groups with guidance from faculty staff.  The design projects are in conjunction with tutorials, workshops, lectures, seminars and site visits. The design studio concerns the design of small scale interventions in the natural and man-made environment.

Second semester

The Master of Landscape Architecture continues with advanced studio-based teaching and learning, building on the foundation of knowledge gained in the first semester.  The design studio deals with the design of large-scale sites: urban, suburban and rural sites, waterfront areas and water-edge developments, national wetlands, marine habitats, river sites etc. Students are introduced to environmental design, ecology, environment and community courses. Particular emphasis is given to Mediterranean conditions.

Third semester

The Master of Landscape Architecture consists of the research and design thesis proposed by the student to explore a subject of special interest. A prerequisite tutorial seminar aims to aid students in the preparation of their research thesis on a subject relating directly to their design thesis. Students will be assigned a supervisor who will offer guidance on their proposal and at each stage of the development of their final design. Visiting professors/distinguished professionals and students from other universities will be invited to participate in the International Landscape Workshop which consists of a series of lectures, field study trips, group tutorials and studio work. The range of themes to be examined during the International Landscape Workshop covers the most challenging concerns for the landscape of Cyprus and the Mediterranean (e.g. cultural landscapes, waterfront residential or touristic areas, natural coastal and in-land environments).

Fourth semester

The principal activity of the last semester of the Master of Landscape Architecture is the research and a dissertation on a subject of interest among students. It is the opportunity for each student to synthesize knowledge in the field of Landscape Architecture and investigate new issues, presenting liberal ideas. The workshop this semester covers the most sensitive landscapes of Cyprus, such as cultural landscapes, touristic coastal areas, natural landscapes, coastal and inland.



CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
LA0500Landscape Design Studio ICompulsory12
LA0510Landscape Construction Design ICompulsory6
LA0520Plant Characteristics and EcologyCompulsory6
LA0530History and Theory of Landscape ArchitectureCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
LA0540Landscape Design Studio IICompulsory12
LA0550Mediterranean and Sustainable Environment DesignCompulsory6
LA0560Design and Visualisation: AutoCAD, GIS CADLANDCADD, GISCompulsory6
LA0570Mediterranean Planting DesignCompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
LA0600Landscape Restoration & ManagementCompulsory12
LA0610Advances in Contemporary Landscape ArchitectureCompulsory6
LA0620Professional Practice, Ethics, Law & ContractsCompulsory6
LA0630Landscape Construction Design IICompulsory6


CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
LA0640Landscape WorkshopsCompulsory6
LA0650Research & Design Thesis TutorialCompulsory3
LA0660Research & Design ThesisCompulsory21


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Julia Georgi

Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

Coordinator of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Dr. Julia Georgi is an Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences, Neapolis University of Pafos (Cyprus) and Member of Senate Committee of Neapolis University (2013-2018).

John Bellos

Associate Professor of Structural Design and Construction Technology

Head of the Department of Engineering

Coordinator of the BSc in Civil Engineering

Dr. Bellos is an Associate Professor of Structural Design and Construction Technology at School of Architecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental Sciences at Neapolis University Pafos (since 2018)...

Ioannis A. Pissourios

Assistant Professor of Urban Design

Ioannis Pissourios holds a Diploma of Architecture (Dipl Eng) and an MSc in Geography and Cartography. He also holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and pursued Post-Doctorate Research in Urban Planning...

Angeliki Sivitanidou

Lecturer of Architecture

Angeliki Sivitanidou (1978) is a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture...

Evanthia Dova

Lecturer of Architecture

Evanthia Dova graduated from the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) with distinction (1998) and holds a Master of Architecture (MArch II) from the Yale University...

Nikoletta Konstantinou

Special Teaching Staff

Nicoletta K. Konstantinou graduated with a law degree (LLB Law) from City University London in 2006. She was awarded her Master of Laws (LLM ) in Corporate/Commercial Law from University College London in 2007....

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