Education

In British Columbia, the most common means of becoming a landscape architect is to complete an accredited landscape architecture degree program, followed by a period of internship, before pursuing licensure with the BCSLA following graduation. The Landscape Architecture Program at the University of British Columbia is located in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). The School operates as a distinct, focused professional and research unit within the Faculty of Applied Science. Both a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), the Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) are offered by the school, and the related undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design (ENDS) shares some facilities and faculty.

The Landscape Architecture program was founded in 1979, offering an accredited professional degree at the undergraduate level. As of 1997, the professional degree program transitioned to a Master of Landscape Architecture. The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Environmental Design, which provides undergraduate studies for Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Planning was founded in 2002. Complementary programs and courses, including the Horticulture program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Garden Design Certificate at UBC, and the Continuing Education Urban Design Certificate from Simon Fraser University, help provide alternatives to be engaged in the landscape educational community. The Landscape Architecture program at UBC has a distinctly international component, as students from around the world enhance the program’s global perspective. Graduates benefit from mentors who have a breadth of experience, and a community of landscape architects that is far-reaching and as diverse as their professional work. In 2005, Landscape Architecture Program joined the School of Architecture to form the new School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). This would increase the logical intellectual connections, interdisciplinary education and visibility within the University of British Columbia and community