Northeastern University Announces Urban Landscape Degree Program


Global cities face environmental challenges far different from less populated areas of the world. A high concentration of people, buildings and vehicles can raise temperatures, creating or exaggerating weather conditions locally. Cities are doing what they can to offset adverse environmental conditions in a bid to become more sustainable, let alone livable.

Urban Landscape Degree

Last week, Boston’s Northeastern University announced that its professionally accredited School of Architecture will begin offering an undergraduate program in urban landscape. That program is slated to being with the start of the 2011-2012 academic year next fall.

“Landscape architecture has exploded over the last 10 to 15 years,” says George Thrush, Director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. “Its focus has evolved from self-contained gardens to interdependent urban spaces, from decoration to the environment. Those working in urban landscape in the future will have to think about how to make use of decommissioned industrial land, how to make cities a processor of natural resources, and how street networks should function in a less car-dependent era.”

Environmental Sustainability Programs

The program will combine work with other disciplines, including civil engineering, earth science, and business, and is part of Northeastern University’s overarching goal to incorporate the study of sustainability into many of its degree programs.

Urban Landscape is the first new degree program offered under Northeastern’s new College of Arts, Media and Design, which includes the School of Architecture.

“We are excited to offer this new program to complement our established undergraduate architecture program, which consistently ranks in the top tier of the nation’s leading architecture schools each year,” said Dr. Xavier Costa, dean of NEU’s College of Arts, Media and Design. “We look forward to extending the connection between theory and practice that exists in the urban architecture program to the urban landscape program.”

Northeastern Notes

Northeastern University, a private research university, is located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston and enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The School of Architecture is currently ranked 14th nationally in architectural research.


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