IIT Architecture MLA+U Program

Landscape Architecture + Urbanism (M.L.A.+U.)

Landscape Architecture + Urbanism at IIT is where the world comes to learn the skills to build the metropolis of tomorrow.

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The Master of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism program is a fundamentally progressive urban enterprise based on three defining principles: the equitable global growth of our urban centers, strong trans-disciplinary collaboration, and the advancement of urban landscape theory in research and in practice. M.L.A.+U students investigate complex socio-environmental challenges through creative inquiry and innovative technological ideation. As the only accredited landscape architecture program in Chicago—and among only a few in large North American cities—we are uniquely positioned to confront these challenges.

Our curriculum amplifies this urban context with courses that investigate critical landscape architecture challenges of the twenty-first century city: the urban design implications of technological innovations, new mobility systems, post-industrial sites, water quality, climate change, social equity, rapid urbanization, and vital public spaces, among others. Our Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board accredited and STEM-certified program prepares technically skilled and intellectually versatile design professionals who share these ambitions across the globe.

This program is open beginning in the fall semester only.

Program Overview

As the only accredited landscape architecture program in Chicago—and among only the few in large North American cities–our students confront the complex socio-environmental challenges of urban landscapes through both research and design.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the M.L.A.+U program go on to excel in high-level positions in sectors like:

  • Professional landscape architecture firms
  • Government and public agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Universities and education

The M.L.A.+U curriculum is organized around course sequences in Design Studios; History, Theory, and Criticism; Ecology and Material Workshops; Design Media; and Professional Practice. The final Advance Design Studios are structured in collaboration with the Architecture Program where students of both disciplines investigate global issues on urbanism.

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Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete before the start of the IIT term, an undergraduate degree from an accredited educational institution with at least a B average (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent). To be admitted without conditions to the Master of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Program, an applicant is required to have prior college-level coursework in freehand drawing, biology, and earth science.

Featured Faculty

Ronald Henderson
Professor, Director, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Program
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Assistant Professor
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Visiting Assistant Professor
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Adjunct Professor
Meg Studer
Adjunct Professor

Illinois Tech, being an interdisciplinary school aimed at addressing the pressing environmental issues, was a huge draw. The M.L.A.+U program seemed committed to guiding students toward making system-scaled solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss that I felt that I could use toward designing neighborhood-based solutions.

Matt Callone (M.L.A.+U Candidate)

See Our Student Work

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A trio of peer-reviewed papers from College of Architecture Adjunct Professor Sarah Hanson and student Matthew Callone detail the environmental, economic, and social benefits of three landscape architecture projects in Chicago.

Students Win ASLA Award for Bronzeville Jazz Fence

The Jazz Fence is a vibrant and colorful design exploration of how to enclose an urban “hurts conclusus” with cultural resonance and construction economy.