Graduate Study
Landscape Architecture

Study Programme Coordinator: Assist. Prof. Iva Rechner Dika, PhD


The Landscape Architecture is two years course, which enables graduates to gain a professionally accredited vocational degree. The curriculum aims to integrate both academic and professional values and standards specific to the profession of landscape architecture. Graduates must demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual, moral and philosophical issues, which underpin our professional uses, and manipulation of the landscape, combined with an ability to make realistic, sustainable and creative design proposals that reflect these.

The aim of the graduate programme is to teach candidates to plan and design more demanding tasks in landscape architecture, within towns and the countryside, for identification of cultural and ecological features of the landscape. They are also expected to participate in preparation of large-scale planning documents (comprehensive, regional, urban, rural and landscape plans). Depending on the elected modules, a Master's degree holder can be prepared for scientific advancement in postgraduate studies and is capable of team and individual work, as well as professional communication.


Based on current scientific knowledge in the field of design, planning and management of landscapes as well as on contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire competencies needed for various landscape architecture jobs. This includes acquisition of competencies on the landscape protection, preservation and promotion of natural and cultural heritage, protection of natural resources through rational land use, protection and restoration of historical objects as well as designing and construction of new landscapes.

The objective is to make students qualified for solving increasingly larger, more diverse and more complex human space needs that influence the changes and loss of value in landscape and space, and that require a broad education in different areas (such as natural, ecological, socio-economic, technical , biotechnical and artistic). For this reason, the study is interdisciplinary and six constituent units of the University of Zagreb are involved in teaching activities.

The objective of the graduate study is to make students qualified for jobs in the area of landscape architecture, to work as landscape planning or project officers, researchers or associates as a team leaders or team members. Possible employment positions: project management and planning offices; companies for constructing, maintenance and care of urban green areas; scientific-research institutes; secondary school and higher education associated with landscape architecture; institutions for protection of natural and cultural heritage and the environment; city administrative services and relevant ministries; responsible chambers and professional associations and organisations bodies that promote professional activities in the area of landscape architecture. Moreover, graduates will be able to continue education at the postgraduate study level.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify, estimate and evaluate the existing landscape and recognize the importance of developments in landscape architecture at the community and society level
  2. Define the elements of the landscape quality and accordingly define the goals of possibilities for development in the landscape
  3. Distinguish the open space typology in urban and rural areas, and determine their functional and design qualities
  4. Recognize the importance of developments in landscape architecture
  5. Identify the society and the individual needs to landscape and open space, within the imposed framework, arising from economic, environmental and cultural factors, and various technical options
  6. Choose appropriate protection and landscape planningmethods, using informatical technology, GIS and CAD in presentation and spatial visualization
  7. Design the new landscape structures based on modern organizational, planning and project skills, while meeting human and natural demands (natural environment and heritage protection)
  8. Analyse and solve the specific problems within the framework of the urban and landscape planning, and landscape design in practice (in relation between protection – development of landscape)
  9. Generate a larger number of concept design solutions and choose and recommend the most suitable one
  10. Critically judge between institutional and participatory approach to the protection and spatial organization of landscape
  11. Include and present criteria for the landscape protection in the process of spatial planning, environmental impact assessment and sectoral landscape evaluation
  12. Lead professional and planning reports related to protective planning
  13. Work independently or in teams in preparation from concept design to the construction projects of landscape architecture within a urban or rural area
  14. Manage and supervise the construction works on the objects of landscape architecture
  15. Attain the level of knowledge and skills for continuing education in the field of landscape architecture

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