The STEM-designated, LAAB-accredited Master of Landscape Architecture program offers professional advancement with a focus on water-based and riverine adaptations, urban and ecological networks, environmental and social justice, climate change and extreme weather, and community engagement.
The 501 studio — one of the core studios for MLA students — introduces the importance of practicing landscape architecture within a multi-scaled understanding of world-wide watersheds. In recent semesters, the studio has encouraged thinking of water as the primary component that drives all other aspects of design.
As part of this course, students took a guided canoe trip down the Mississippi River to investigate sites of interest along the waterway.
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Watersheds are a particular area of focus for our MLA program. St. Louis is a place of convergence for three rivers, making it a remarkable site of study for river architecture, flood mitigation, and the impacts of climate change. Students in the MLA program study the river systems up close on guided canoe trips organized as part of their studios.