Landscape Architecture

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Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program and three years or more apprenticeship as a prerequisite for licensure. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in landscape architecture, recognizes one type of degree: the Master of Landscape Architecture. A new program may be granted a one- or two-year term of accreditation and an established program, typically, a five-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Master’s degree programs consist of a three- or two-year first professional landscape architecture degree which, when completed, comprises an accredited professional education.

The Master of Landscape Architecture degree program at the University of Pennsylvania is fully accredited by the ASLA.
 

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and the general fee are set each year by the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. Other educational costs are assessed each year and combined with tuition to form the annual student budget. Please note that this is a two-semester budget. If your program is longer or includes a summer semester, your costs will be higher.

Projected Budget for the 2018-2019 Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

Tuition Masters Degree Students $51,458
General Fee $3,162
Clinical Fee $586
Room $6,300
Board $3,700
Books and Supplies (varies) $2,500
Health Insurance $3,446
Miscellaneous $1,348
TOTAL FOR MASTER DEGREE STUDENTS $72,500

Special Rates
Curricular Practical Training for international students - $500.00
Required Summer Institute for entering students - $500.00 per week of 3 to 4 week Summer Institute

Student Demographics

2018-2019
Master of Landscape Architecture Enrollment – 125
69% Female
31% Male
30% Domestic
32% Minority
70% International
19 Dual Degree Students
 

Graduation and Retention Rates

2017-2018
Graduates – 42
73% graduate within 3 years
28% graduate within 4 years

Dual degree students typically complete their degree programs in 4 years

Student Achievement

2015 Awards and Recognition:

Douglas Breuer, MLA ‘18, received an ASLA 2018 Student Honor Award for his project “Sharawadgi Garden: A New Understanding of Chinoiserie for a Chinese Garden at the MoMA.” His faculty advisors were Richard Weller and Valerio Morabito. The award was presented at the ASLA annual meeting in Philadelphia in October 2018.

MLA student Lindsay Burnette was the winner of the School of Design’s 2018 Mr. and Mrs. William L. Van Alen Traveling Fellowship for summer travel to Italy and Germany to study aging rural towns that are creating new identities by embracing a large number of refugees.

MLA student Christine Chung received 2018 LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA for her engagement with heritage preservation practices in cultural landscapes and urban communities.

MLA student Christopher Feinman was the winner of the School of Design’s 2018 Susan Cromwell Coslett Traveling Fellowship for his summer travel proposal “Those Who Walked Away from Omelas: An Analysis of Radical Ideologies and their Built Urban Typologies.” The project is about investigating the relationship between ideological structures and the physical constructions that people create to actualize them. He traveled to Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen; Chiapas, Mexico; Twin Oaks, Virginia; and ArcoSanti, Arizona to make maps and conduct interviews. 

Nicholas Jabs, MLA ’18 was PennDesign’s nominee to the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program in 2018. Nick was selected as one of the three graduate student finalists by the LAF in May 2018.

Cyrus Khan, MLA ‘18, received an ALSA 2018 Student Honor Award for his project “Wetness Behind the SC/EEN: Re-wetting the Oran” in Tilwara, Rajasthan, India. His faculty advisor was Anuradha Mathur. The award was presented at the ASLA annual meeting in Philadelphia in October 2018.


2018 Departmental Awards:

Ian L. McHarg Prize
Established in 2001. Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in design and best exemplifies ecological ideals in contemporary and culturally pertinent ways. This prize is awarded in memory of Ian L. McHarg, 1920-2001, distinguished professor of landscape architecture, pioneer of ecological design and planning, and one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century.
Awarded to Nicholas Jabs and Luke van Tol

Laurie D. Olin Prize in Landscape Architecture
Awarded to a graduating student who has achieved a high academic record and demonstrated design excellence in the making of urban places. Laurie D. Olin is one of the world’s foremost leaders in contemporary landscape architecture and founder of the internationally acclaimed OLIN studio in Philadelphia, designing some of the world’s most significant urban public spaces. Established in 2010 by the OLIN studio in honor of Professor of Practice Olin who has served on Penn’s faculty of landscape architecture since 1974.
Awarded to Sofia Nikolaidou

John Dixon Hunt Prize in Theory and Criticism
Awarded to a graduating student who has shown particular distinction in the theoretical and critical understanding of landscape architecture. The prize was established in 2004 and renamed in 2010 to honor the distinguished career of Professor Emeritus John Dixon Hunt.
Awarded to Douglas Breuer

Eleanore T. Widenmeyer Prize in Landscape and Urbanism
Established in 2004 through a bequest by Eleanore T. Widenmeyer in memory of her parents, Arthur E. Widenmeyer, Sr. and Lena R. Widenmeyer, is awarded to a graduating student who has achieved a high level of design synthesis between landscape and urbanism.
Awarded to Zhexuan “Joyce” Liao

Narendra Juneja Medal
Awarded in memory of Associate Professor Narendra Juneja, who served the department with distinction from 1965-1981, to a graduating student who has demonstrated deep exceptional commitment to ecological and social ideals in landscape architecture.
Awarded to Jieru “Hedy” He

Narendra Juneja Scholarship
Awarded in memory of Associate Professor Narendra Juneja, who served the department with distinction from 1965-1981, to a continuing student in landscape architecture for academic excellence and demonstrated need.
Awarded to Anni Lei

George Madden Boughton Prize
Established in 1986 by Jestena C. Boughton in memory of her father, George Madden Boughton. Awarded to a graduating student in landscape architecture for design excellence with environmental and social consciousness and evidence of potential for future effective action in the field of landscape architecture.
Awarded to Zhoufei Zhu

Robert M. Hanna Prize in Design
Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated great care for the craft, making and construction of landscape architecture. Established in 2010 by the OLIN studio in memory of Robert M. Hanna (1935-2003), who served on Penn’s faculty of landscape architecture from 1969 to 1998. Awarded to Prakul Pottapu

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Van Alen Traveling Fellowship
Awarded to one landscape architecture student and one architecture student, in the second year of their programs, for summer travel to Europe.
Awarded to Lindsay Burnette

ASLA Awards
Certificates of Honor and Merit awarded to graduating landscape architecture students who have demonstrated outstanding potential for contributions to the profession.
Certificates of Honor awarded to Jieru He, Sofia Nikolaidou, and Prakul Pottapu
Certificates of Merit awarded to Douglas Breuer, Zhexuan Liao, and Luke van Tol

Wallace Roberts and Todd Fellowship
Established in 1991. Awarded to an outstanding landscape architecture student who has finished the second year 
of the three-year program.
Awarded to Yaqun Cai

OLIN Partnership Work Fellowship
Established in 1999. A prize and a twelve-week internship awarded to an outstanding Master of Landscape Architecture student entering the final year of his or her study.
Awarded to Anna Darling

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Service
Inaugurated in 2013. Awarded to a single student or small group of students who have made an exceptional extracurricular contribution to the program.
Awarded to Katherine Engleman
 
Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Design Progress
Inaugurated in 2013. Awarded to a first year student in the three-year Master of Landscape Architecture program who has demonstrably advanced the furthest in their design capability across the course of their first year of study.
Awarded to Christopher Fineman

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Design Progress
Inaugurated in 2018. Awarded to a graduating student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program who has demonstrably advanced the furthest in their design capability across their years of study.
Awarded to Ishaan Kumar

Susan Cromwell Coslett Traveling Fellowship
Established in memory of former Assistant Dean, Susan Coslett. It is awarded to a School of Design student for summer travel to visit gardens and landscapes.
Awarded to Christopher Fineman