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International Master of Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture studies

The International Master of Landscape Architecture gives our students a platform of skills, competence and knowledge, based on design and research, to operate as professional landscape architects. It fosters the capacity to understand and act in diverse contexts, ranging from cities to extreme landscapes and territories.


The International Master of Landscape Architecture focuses on design, emphasizing the relationship between present pressing challenges, landscape history and possible futures. AHO's landscape specialisation builds on the legacy of The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, particularly the school's unique history of landscape driven architecture. AHO, and the Norwegian design culture in general, has a history of exploring the links between infrastructural developments and innovative ways to design within delicate and dramatic natural environments.

The education is studio-based, in an environment of continuous and close interaction with Scandinavian and international teachers, practitioners and researchers. AHO provides access to a diverse palette of tools, sharing resources with AHO’s Architecture and Design programmes, and as such the school offers the possibility to experiment with techniques and media that reach beyond the traditional limits of landscape architecture.

We take advantage of the international environment of Nordic, European and international students. They have different creative backgrounds and learn from each others in the studio environment. The students gain skills, methodologies and leadership abilities to become proactive in the international field of landscape architecture.

The International Master of Landscape Architecture at AHO is IFLA Europe accredited, and has twice received the prestigious “International Prize for Landscape Schools” by the International Biennal of Landscape Architecture, Barcelona (2014 and 2018), an international competition for world leading schools of landscape architecture.

The School's context is the Oslo metropolitan region, a vital environment. The location is ideal to study the link between cities and natural systems, particularly in regards to hydrology and topography. Oslo has experienced growth while in contact with its delicate ecosystems. Oslo is a productive laboratory to explore pressing ecological challenges related to contemporary urbanisation. This exciting context also enables this landscape education to reach global agendas, mainly through travelling studios and faculty research that include The Arctic and Subarctic, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.

AHO's Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year 120 ECTS programme. Admission requires a bachelor in landscape architecture or architecture.

Credit: Miguel Hernandez and Sepher  Jafari - "Acting summer, walking rain", 2nd semester Master Studio

Studio-based teaching
Comprehensive studio courses are key elements of the academic programmes at AHO. The studio courses focus on project work, integrating academic knowledge and applied skills. The faculty to student ratio is 1 – 8, an advantage which encourages individual
development and collaboration. 

The Diploma is the student’s concluding project and is completed during the final semester. The diploma project is often connected to research and development activities. Diplomas are evaluated by external examiners, after which the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture is awarded.

Credit: Slvia Diaconu and Alisha Baker. "Objects as grounds" 3rd semester master studio.

  • International Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year 120 ECTS programme.
  • The programme is in English.
  • Admission requires a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or architecture.