School of Landscape Architecture

Transform real and virtual environments in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

This is the oldest School of Landscape Architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand, having been educating professional landscape architects for over 50 years.

The school is known worldwide for its teaching and research excellence. Along with our traditional strengths, we provide digital solutions for real-world problems via Applied Computing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

We believe in taking you out of the studios into the real world to give you the best experience and education. That means you'll take part in site visits, field trips and field tours to experience the amazing landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture (Taught) and Master of Landscape Architecture (Research) are accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA). Graduates are eligible to become registered professionals and are highly sought-after in public and private sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and further afield. 

Our aims

  • Provide world-class education for professional practice 
  • Lead the advancement of educational standards in our region 
  • Deliver research-led programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels 
  • Advance urban and rural sustainability and resilience from the mountains to the sea 
  • Stimulate creativity, life-long learning and professional skills for rewarding careers 
  • Foster a studio culture which has a commitment to excellence 
  • Collaborate with local communities to tackle real world problems, including iwi and a diverse range of organisations 
  • Be national and international leaders in the advancement of landscape architecture, applied computing and GIS-based research. 

Key themes for the department

Our areas of specialisation include: 

  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Conservation design 
  • Design critique 
  • Freshwater research 
  • Geographic information systems 
  • Heritage landscapes 
  • Landscape assessment 
  • Landscape ecology 
  • Landscape management 
  • Landscape planning 
  • Landscape visualisation 
  • Master planning 
  • Residential design 
  • Software engineering 
  • Urban design  
  • Urban ecology

Study programmes

Our key academic programmes include: 

Research centres


Dr Andreas Wesener - Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design


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