Admitted Landscape Architecture students, welcome and congratulations! This section contains information to help you prepare for the MLA program. First, you are encouraged to attend the PennDesign Open House on Monday, March 27. There you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, tour the facilities, and experience first-hand the unique culture at PennDesign. If you can’t make it to Philadelphia for Open House, please contact Darcy Van Buskirk (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a visit at another time.
The MLA at a Glance
Our educational philosophy and mission is to cultivate future leaders, to develop critical thinkers and to produce the world’s best designers. We consistently hear from senior industry representatives that graduating PennDesign students have the best design folios and the most comprehensive skill sets. And, responding to the national survey conducted by DesignIntelligence, over 90% of Penn’s landscape students consistently evaluate their education as “excellent.”
|Mon, March 27||PennDesign Open House|
|Mon, July 31||First day of Summer Institute for 3-year MLA I students|
|Mon, August 7||Landscape Architecture Welcome Session|
|Mon, August 7||First day of Summer Institute for 2-year MLA II students|
|Fri, August 25||PennDesign New Student Orientation|
|Mon, August 28||Landscape Architecture Orientaion; PennDesign Convocation & Happy Hour|
|Tues, August 29||First day of fall classes|
All incoming MLA students are required to participate in Summer Institute prior to the start of the fall semester. Summer Institute begins Monday, July 31 for 3-year MLA I students* and Monday, August 7 for 2-year MLA II students. Summer Institute meets every weekday from approximately 9am to 5pm. A fee of $500 per one-week session will be charged to your student billing account.
Summer Institute for entering 3-year MLA I students:
|M-F, Jul 31 - Aug 4, 9am-5pm||LARP 789-901: Introduction to Design Language*|
|M-F, Aug 7-11, 8am-5pm||LARP 790-901: Natural Systems|
|M-F, Aug 14-18, 9am-5pm||LARP 791-901: Landscape Operations|
|M-Th, Aug 21-24, 9am-5pm||LARP 792-901: Introduction to Digital Media|
Summer Institute for entering 2-year MLA II students:
|M-F, Aug 7-11, 9am-5pm||LARP 793-901: Landform & Grading Workshop|
|M-F, Aug 14-18, 8am-5pm||LARP 794-901: Natural Systems|
|M-Th, Aug 21-24, 9am-6:30pm||LARP 795-901: PennDesign Computing Intro & Academic Writing Workshop|
*LARP 789-901: Introduction to Design Language is required for students who do not have a background in landscape or architectural design. Those with a background in design will be waived from this requirement and should plan to begin Summer Institute on Monday, August 7.
Registration for fall courses is open through July 14, at which time the system closes for freshman registration. The system will reopen on July 26 and will remain open through the course add/drop deadline on September 19. General registration information, including FAQs for fall 2017, can be found here. Specific information for MLA students, including required courses, is available through the links below.
Safe Driver Training
Penn Landscape students participate in a number of exciting field trips each year, and to ensure the safety of all students during their travels, Penn requires that students who drive a university vehicle (or vehicle of their own) during any school-related trip, must complete Penn's online driver's safety training. Simply log in to Knowledge Link with your PennKey and password, search for "Driver Safety Training for Van Drivers" in the "Find Learning" field and complete the nine-module course (it will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete). Please notify Darcy Van Buskirk at email@example.com once you have completed the training so that we may confirm your results have been received by the Office of Risk Management. Please also submit a scanned copy of your driver's license and your cell phone number.
Get to Know Us Better
Margaret Gerhart (MARCH/MLA), Nick Parisi (MLA I) and Karli Scott (MLA II) are happy to answer any questions you may have about the Landscape Architecture program. Check out their student profiles and say hello! For a current student/ recent alumni contact list, please contact Darcy Van Buskirk (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn more about the faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture on our People page.