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Master in landscape architecture degree in CH

2 schools in Switzerland (1 German, 1 French) both are Universities of applied sciences offering BA level only 2 plans for interdisciplinary master programs (landscape architecture /urban planning) (1 German, 1 French) challenges for the schools •not enough students in BA to initiate and feed MA programs in landscape architecture •BA is the basis for professionals; everybody finds a job •tough regulations for the establishing of MA programs (numbers of students, selection, finances) •failed projects (IMLA) •lack of international recognition


Master in landscape architecture degree in CH

growing market increasingly complex problems and projects new areas of competence (large scale planning and design, management of planning processes) challenges for the profession •not enough graduates from Swiss schools •lack of native labor / not sufficient or wrong qualification •competition from architects, urban- and environmental planners •obstacles in market access (EU and global) •lack of recognition •the professions profile is increasingly diverse -> becoming less clear


Master in landscape architecture degree in CH

solutions •closer collaboration between BSLA and schools •get young people interested in the profession •create a clearer profile for the education of LAs •barrier-free path from the apprenticeship to the doctorate for “landscape experts” •mentoring for young professionals (information, advice, options, salary etc.) •creation of a national certification system / register on MA-level, international recognition of certificates •new education options that allow for individual preferences


Master in landscape architecture degree in CH

questions to the delegates •who has similar problems? •what can we learn from your approach? •how can IFLA support MA-education? • define standards / enforce? • platforms for exchange? • foster international collaboration in education? •

other ideas?


BSLA Switzerland