The two courses are a masters course and a conversion course for students from other disciplines.
Each lasts a year, and it is possible to follow the two courses consecutively. Completion of the masters will set students on the Pathway to Chartership.
The new courses have grown out of existing masters courses which the university has been running for around seven years. They represent an additional opportunity for students to study to become qualified as landscape architects.
The programmes, led by landscape architect David Buck, use London as primary design resource in order to examine and propose new ways in which the urban landscape might operate. The programme is designed to develop intellectual and practical professional tools for landscape architects, and through project- based studies search for new solutions to the increasing complexity of our urban landscapes, where social, political and economic, as well as spatial pressures, are most intense.
In the confirmation of accreditation, Chris Sheridan, head of education and membership at the LI, wrote: ‘On behalf of the Landscape Institute I would like to extend our thanks to everyone we have met at the UEL during the accreditation process. The Accreditation Panel have asked me to reiterate how impressed they were with the facilities on campus, the dedication of teaching staff, and the articulate and capable graduates that the course has produced.
‘The Panel also remarked on the clear potential for cross-collaboration within the school of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. Through working in collaboration with the Institute’s PRG, we look forward to supporting the accredited programmes as they go from strength to strength.’
There is the capacity to accommodate up to 20 students on the two courses. David Buck said, ‘We feel optimistic about landscape as a profession, as there is a long-term growing interest in landscape and the environment.’