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BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture and Design

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BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture and Design

The accredited undergraduate landscape course at Leeds Beckett provides the foundation for perceptive, creative, confident and effective landscape architects who display initiative, enterprise and independence of mind. The teaching aims to provide an ethos underpinned with a system of values that recognises cultural diversity, the needs of others and crucially, environmental awareness. Collaboration with other disciplines such as Architecture, Planning and Urban Design students, work on live community-based projects, external speakers from the profession build diverse knowledge exploring the breadth of our subject. The studio-based teaching is supplemented with site visits, field trips, lectures and symposiums. A rich learning environment is integral to equipping the students with the understanding and confidence to enter landscape practice and contribute to the future of the profession.

The final year get involved in a ‘live’ Design and Community project which examines the concepts of communities in landscape design focusing principally on community involvement and participation. This year we have had three distinct projects, one focusing on a Cemetery grounds in Nottingham which looked at the current trends and needs associated with mindful spaces,  an hospital courtyard in Leeds catering for both the physical and mental wellbeing of visitors and staff and another project in Leeds working with Bruntwood developers to design a courtyard for office workers.

The students final design project have focused on the former industrial land and developments on the South Bank of Leeds which is currently severed from the city centre. Opportunities such as the revamp of Leeds City Station, the proposals for HS2, new eco residential developments, and the arrival of a new bridge in Hunslet, provided an opportune moment for students to develop a future vision for the evolution of this important space.