Statements on Landscape Architecture Programs Worldwide

Case Studies across the Globe

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This article drafts a global picture of landscape program offerings worldwide through data collection, mapping, and targeted interviews. The study presents data collection on landscape architecture programs throughout the world and interviews with graduate program directors. The selection criteria for the case studies address diversity in crucial categories. The interviews elucidate current curricular trends in master’s degree tracks. This research supports the view that global landscape programs are mainly a product of Western knowledge, dealing with urban centers primarily located in one of the world’s 14 biomes. At the master’s level, programs respond to diverse missions according to context, cultural differences, and traditions. Future trends and challenges for landscape architecture programs include climate change, new technologies, social justice, and equity. In light of these findings, we call for a collective landscape education to respond to unprecedented and overwhelming climatic, economic, and social uncertainties.