Landscape architecture

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Information about the study of landscape architecture

Landscape architects combine know-how from many disciplines. Enthusiasm for design and aesthetics, comprehensive knowledge of plants and building materials, familiarity with our cultural landscapes plus scientific and technical expertise: This unique mix makes landscape architects sought-after experts in planning offices, companies, environmental and urban planning agencies. Exciting courses of study prepare them for this.

Cities and regions urgently need to be adapted to climate change - landscape architects occupy a key position here.

Stephan Lenzen
bdla President

Climate adaptation: A key task

Climate change requires climate adaptations in the city: More green, more nature, more water areas provide cooling and fresh air, so that the habitats for people, animals and plants remain livable. This is a key future task for landscape architects.

Fancy a versatile green degree?

Those who study landscape architecture have a varied daily routine with subjects such as urban planning, landscape design, landscape construction, garden monument preservation, construction technology, vegetation science, ecology, nature conservation and climate science. A creative focus is on designing and visualizing one's own planning ideas - on the PC and as sketches. The curriculum is characterized by many practical exercises, projects and practical references. The student's own interests can be individually deepened, especially in the master's program. Stays abroad are possible worldwide.

Further information about the study program:

Overview: studies and degree programs

In Germany, there are 14 universities offering courses of study in landscape architecture. The names for the study programs vary, e.g. "Landscape Architecture", "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning" or "Landscape and Open Space Development".

Overview of all universities with study programs in landscape architecture:

After the six- to eight-semester bachelor's program, students have the option of either going directly into professional practice or continuing their education in a master's program. Only those who choose a recognized course of study can later work as landscape architects and register with the Chamber of Architects.

Detailed list of all study programs in the field of landscape architecture in Germany:

Study requirements and internships

In addition to the general or subject-specific university entrance qualification, many universities require an internship of several weeks before the start of studies.

A student internship is an ideal way to get a taste of what it's like to work in a planning office. This gives a first impression of the tasks and the processes on construction sites. On the web portal Landscape Architecture Today, planning offices in the vicinity can be found.

Internships for students can be found in our internship and job exchange. The bdla recommends that all prospective students complete at least a six-month pre-study internship to gain concrete experience in working with plants and materials. Even better would be a horticultural training, preferably in gardening, landscaping and sports ground construction.

Studies and bdla

To ensure that graduates are well prepared for everyday work, the bdla is committed to quality training. Our bdla working group on training is in close contact with the university locations in Germany. In the interview, Marion Linke, bdla spokesperson for training, reports on the work. The bdla supports the student conference landscape.

Positions and information of the bdla on education and training can be found here.

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