The program provides graduates with the requisite intellectual base for adapting to the design challenges facing landscape architecture today. The MLA I degree focuses on sustainable landscapes with a concentration in regional ecologic, economic, and social issues. The unique features of Northeast Ohio (industrial cities, suburbs, rural landscapes, park lands, and critically important hydrological concerns) serve as the educational platform for academic inquiry and research, while also providing students with comprehensive experiences, knowledge of design, ethical standards, and the technical skills necessary for professional licensure. Cognates associated with a diversity of disciplines allied with landscape architecture are available to students including courses in architecture, biology, environmental health sciences, geography, geology, sports and recreation management, and urban design. Cleveland, as an urbanized landscape edging the international waters of Lake Erie, is of significant research interest and focus to the program. The role of landscape architecture in issues of water infrastructure, water quality, and hydrology is one of the primary opportunities for local impact. Implications of land vacancy and urban infrastructure in landscape architecture, including the reclamation of brownfield sites, provide opportunity for structured investigation. The program, located alongside Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, engages in design and research within its region with the goal of improving the environmental health and well-being of the built and grown landscapes of Northeast Ohio with the broader intent of impacting designers beyond the region.
The MLA II is intended for students to develop new knowledge through research and design, and to provide professionals with the opportunity for specialization in an area of their choosing. The MLA II does not carry accreditation. The plan of study is developed through the guidance of the Landscape Architecture Program Director.
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