Specialisations Landscape Architecture and Planning

Specialisations of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Within the MSc programme Landscape Architecture and Planning you choose between the specialisations Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. The specialisations meet each other in several common courses, but each specialisation also contains its own specific courses within the programme. Each specialisation has its own specific admission requirements due to the different nature of the tracks.

Landscape Architecture

Your primary focus as a Wageningen landscape architect is the design and construction of metropolitan landscapes situated in estuaries and deltas worldwide, with a goal of creating sustainable designs based on thorough research into both ecological and behavioural fields of study.

Landscape architecture is a design-based discipline which combines elements from the natural, technical and social sciences to shape landscapes in innovative and creative ways. At Wageningen, we use the definition of landscape architecture developed by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS): ‘Landscape architecture, as a field of professional activity and an academic discipline, is concerned with the shaping of landscapes at various scales. It involves landscape planning, design and management to create, enhance, maintain, and protect places so as to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, meaningful and sustainable, and appropriate to diverse human needs and goals.’

In your studies, you focus on how and where research methods and design methods meet. You learn two main approaches: research-based design, and research through design. The courses trigger you to reflect on landscape architecture and planning practices, to participate in academic debate across different disciplines, and to excel in your design skills.

The Landscape Architecture Chair group is closely involved in the courses and the thesis projects. You can find more information about this group and the research they conduct on the LAR website.  

Go to chair group Landscape Architecture

Spatial Planning

As a spatial planner you formulate scenarios for future landscape transformation and evaluate the effectiveness of those scenarios for many different stakeholders. You study planning processes and organise the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for spatial interventions. The focus of the spatial planning specialisation is to reflect on planning processes against the background of the environmental, social, cultural, economic and political needs of society. You will focus on developing scenarios for transforming landscapes and evaluating the effectiveness of your scenarios according to objectives like sustainability, enhancing or preserving ecological services, and intergenerational justice. You are aware that your transformations take place in an ever-changing society, with different ambitions, conflicts and interests.

The courses increase your knowledge about different planning theories and methodologies. You are stimulated to reflect on spatial planning practices, to participate in academic debate across disciplines and to improve your research skills.

The Land use Planning chair group is closely involved in the courses and the thesis projects. You can find more information about this group and the research they conduct on the LUP website.

Go to chair group Land Use Planning


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