Master of Landscape Architecture

The programme in landscape architecture is design and research based. It builds capacity to understand and intervene in diverse contexts ranging from cities to extreme landscapes and territories. The education at AHO has a strong focus on the relationship between landscape history, contemporary landscape challenges, and possible futures for urban, rural and territorial scale landscapes.

AHO landscape programme ties in with AHO’s  unique history of landscape driven architecture, as well as the rich Norwegian design culture where large energy and infrastructural development has been linked to innovative ways of mediating and designing within natural environments.
The school’s context is the Oslo metropolitan region, a vital environment and ideal location to study the link between cities and natural systems, particularly in regards to hydrology and topography. As a city that has been experiencing growth while remaining entangled in delicate ecosystems, Oslo is a productive laboratory to explore pressing challenges related to contemporary urbanism. Water urbanism and water management is an essential part of the curriculum and an excellent example that bridges local and global challenges. Water in its diverse manifestations is both a context and medium for artistic expression and urban agendas.
Another important context for the institute is Arctic Urbanism and landscapes. Arctic settlements face challenges from industrial and infrastructural development as well as climate change and the need for landscape architectural thinking and design is acute.
Within this exciting context, the landscape programme contributes to build global agendas, particularly through traveling studios that address Arctic, Latin American, Asian, and European landscapes and territories.
Teaching is studio-based in an environment of constant personal contact with Scandinavian and international practitioners, researchers and educators. AHO provides access to a diverse palette of tools and shares resources with the architecture and design programs. Within this environment of shared resources, AHO promotes constant experimentation with diverse landscape media that extends beyond horticultural material. Media and technology are areas explored in synchrony with the architecture and design institutes, and as such the school offers the possibility to experiment with techniques and tools that extend beyond the traditional limits of landscape architecture.
Each studio semester evolves around a core theme and is supported by particular techniques and experiments that focus on one of three successive landscape media: ground, live matter, and form in time. Each studio course is flanked by a theoretical elective course. The fourth semester is an independent diploma semester.
AHO’s international masters program in landscape architecture is one of the youngest in the world. This grants us the opportunity to be innovative, to experiment and to explore the currents frontier of landscape architectural methodologies. No doubt climate change is one of these, and our particular focus on northern contexts builds specific knowledge that is adaptable to any landscape that is subject to rapid change. 
AHO’s Master of Landscape Architecture is a two-year 120 ECTS programme. Admission requires a bachelor in Landscape architecture or other relevant and equivalent education. Read more under Admission.



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Landscape architecture at AHO