Master of Landscape Architecture Tromsø

This 2 year, 120 ECTS Master's programme takes a critical approach to emerging challenges generated by climate change, geopolitical forces, increased industrialization and migration in Arctic and Sub-Arctic landscapes. While the programme takes the Arctic as its laboratory, the knowledge and know-how it develops have valuable transference value to any situation facing climate and industrial change.

The education enables students to influence the development and management of cities, settlements, landscapes, industrial facilities, ecosystems and infrastructure in the Arctic region. Students will be able to work with experienced faculty and researchers on Arctic landscapes.

Students with interests in landscape design, extreme landscapes, Arctic and Subarctic urbanism and exposed ecologies are encouraged to apply.

The programme is located at the Art Academy in Tromsø. It cultivates exchange both with the arts and with the scientific expertise at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.

This 2-year Master includes the possibility for a study exchange with AHO or international institutions. The programme welcomes guest students for one or two semesters.



  • A completed Bachelor in Landscape Architecture or equivalent education from university or university college.
  • Evidence of architectural, engineering, industrial, landscape, planning, and/or urban design skills.

The Academy is situated in Tromsø, a cultural, intellectual and political hub of a circumpolar region that is undergoing radical change. Climate change, new trading routes, and new forms of resource exploitation contribute to a potent geopolitical situation that is reshaping the region, making landscape a critical factor in its ecological and social development.

The Academy dedicates its teaching and research to a landscape that poses new challenges to the discipline of landscape architecture; a landscape formed by indigenous practices and threatened by a rapid industrialization in some cases, of depopulations and climate change in other cases.

The program develops new approaches for landscape research and design in some of the most vulnerable cultural and natural landscapes in the world. Studios work on scales ranging from territorial fields to small biotopes. 

Program network and resources:

  • Kathleen John-Alder (Rutgers University)
  • Thomas Juel Clemmensen (Århus arkitektskole)
  • William L. Fox (Nevada Center for Art + Environment)
  • Lola Sheppard (Lateral Office/University of Waterloo)
  • Mason White (Lateral Office/University of Toronto
  • Anita Veiseth (Verte, Alta)
  • Smudgestudio (Elizabeth Ellsworth/Jamie Kruse)
  • Luis Callejas (Luis Callejas / LCLA office)
  • Boris Brorman Jensen (Aarhus Architecture School)
  • Markus Degerman (Tromsø Art Academy)
  • Lisa Dietrich (SLU, Alnarp)
  • Andrew Morrison (AHO)
  • Alberto Altes
  • Jérémie McGowan (Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum)






Tromsø is the largest city in the Arctic Circle with approximately 70,000 inhabitants. It

is surrounded by islands, fjords and mountain peaks, and is a great location for

observing the Northern Lights. Tromsø is an old fishing harbor, and the gateway to the

Polar Seas. The winters are relatively mild due to the Gulf Stream. The area offers

excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, like skiing, hiking and rock climbing.

Tromsø also has a rich cultural scene including a number of good festivals.

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