Landscape Basics

The aim of this module in semester 1 is to provide students with adequate knowledge and to understand the basic elements which are shaping the landscape. Information about the quality of nature as well as managed and designed environment is conveyed. Topics are: landscape ecology, soil, water, vegetation, planting design. The knowledge can then be applied in projects and other modules.

Planning and Project Management

  • Planning and Project Management 1 (sem. 1)
  • Planning and Project Management 2 (sem. 2)

Students learn how to plan and execute projects successfully through collaborative thinking, team work and suitable development and practice of methods. Significant emphasis is placed on self-evaluation and the students’ reflection on their own position in the team. Furthermore, students learn how to conceptualise organisational procedures and communicate appropriately within teams.

Information Technologies in Planning and Design

  • Information Technologies in Planning and Design 1 (sem. 1)
  • Information Technologies in Planning and Design 2 (sem. 2)

Students learn how to solve landscape planning and landscape architecture exercises with digital tools. These are then applied to analyse facets of the respective project in the same semester. Issues regarding data transfer and workflow between programs are addressed, too. Content of semester 1 is GIS (Geographical Information Systems) while semester 2 comprises DTM (Digital Terrain Models), Visualisation and an IT seminar with regard to Geodesign.

Planning and Design Methods

  • Planning and Design Methods 1 (sem. 1)
  • Planning and Design Methods 2 (sem. 2)

In semester 1 planning and design methods are taught and compared, including a reflection on systems analysis and problem-oriented basics. An additional landscape and democracy seminar focusses on participatory approaches to planning and design.

Contents of semester 2 are Landscape Architecture Research, Evaluation and Assessment. Students learn the basics of models and strategies of concept development and analysis. Creative perspectives on planning and design will be demonstrated with concrete examples. Students design, implement and document a self-directed research.

International Planning and Design

  • Planning Systems (sem. 2)
  • International Approach to Planning and Design (sem. 2)

Students learn how to manage international and cross-border planning and organisation. They are exposed to present and prospective work environments and concepts of landscape architecture in other countries. A particular focus is on European law, which influences building practice.

Planning and Design Studios

  • Main Project I (sem. 1)
  • Main Project II (sem. 2)

Projects at various scales and in differing contexts which are closely entwined with the above-mentioned modules and build upon the theoretical content taught there.


Master’s Thesis