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University of Calgary to offer new landscape architecture program

This fall, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) will be home to Canada’s newest graduate program in landscape architecture. It will be the first program of its kind in Canada since 1980, and the only one in the province of Alberta.

“This is momentous for the profession in Canada,” EVDS Associate Dean Beverly Sandalack says. “There are pressing issues facing society around landscape and sustainability and it is imperative to make our communities more resilient, sustainable, vibrant and healthy.”

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social- behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. The three-year program will offer students real-world design experience with a focus on preparing future leaders in the landscape architecture profession that can contribute globally.

Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand says producing locally trained landscape architects will be good for our communities and our province. “We are interested in improving the quality of our neighbourhoods, cities, and regions. Landscape Architects deal with issues of development, from the design of better streets and public spaces to planning regional landscapes.”

The addition of the Landscape Architecture graduate program to an already well-established list of accredited programs in Architecture and Planning, further strengthens the Faculty of Environmental Design’s position in this growing field.

The faculty is currently accepting applications for September 2015. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2015. More information about this new program can be found at

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