Having sought for a Master in landscape architecture that matched my Bachelor in architecture, I was driven to the Master track at TU Delft, in which I gained a solid base for a wide array of tasks within the field of landscape architecture. The track offers a complete academic programme, where one learns to design at all scales as wells as to conduct critical academic research. With a strong diversity of subjects in the programme, numerous possibilities for extra-curricular courses and workshops, and freedom of choice in direction at many levels, there is a real possibility to follow one’s personal interests and to learn to think and act independently. Sharp academic attitude and a highly international context provide a fertile environment for learning, practicing and sharing.
I learnt much in themes for which I have a central interest, such as space and atmosphere. I conducted in-depth academic research on themes such as memory, movement and nature development, and followed many workshops, where I could deepen my knowledge and gain experience on planting design for example. My skills in theoretical reflexion and visual/oral communication were put to the test and brought much further.
My professional career started right after my graduation, leading to work as a landscape architect in a well-established practice in Switzerland. It is my belief that the Master Track has provided me with a solid background and left me ready to take part in the professional realm.
Young and vivid Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture gives knowledge in the discipline beyond highest expectations. As an architect, I have obtained a greater understanding of the built environment within the larger natural context through the studies of diverse aspects of landscape theory and design.
The structure of the programme opens various perspectives on the science, - different in scale, context, experiential and philosophical meanings, social impact, relation to dynamic processes within human and natural systems. A student is guided to the holistic understanding, gaining more freedom (and wisdom) with every step. Yet, from the very beginning the teaching method stimulates professional independence in design thinking. Some courses are shared with the tracks of Urbanism and Architecture, showing different positions in the common design field, while multiple study trips force a deeper comprehension of Dutch landscapes. Graduation studio Flowscapes serves as a platform for investigations of the relations between the landscape and infrastructures - a theme of a great importance in the future.
Currently I am working in the field of landscape architecture and urban design in Holland, and I am looking forward to further scientific investigations of possibilities of larger scale landscapes to become a guideline for the urban development.
Talya ten Brink
The TU Delft Master's Programme in the Landscape Architecture track provides an exceptional international perspective on architecture, urbanism, civil engineering, and landscape architecture. As a landscape architecture student in the school of Architecture, I had opportunities to learn from the "How do you Landscape," lecture series, to attend lectures by world-famous architects, and to take part in international conferences. I enjoyed writing for and learning from my peers at the Architecture student magazine, Pantheon, and the Urbanism student magazine, Atlantis. My various extracurricular opportunities and my faculty advisors pushed me to develop my skills beyond the scope of the Master’s Programme.
My first-year Master’s studios focused on urbanism, historical sites, Dutch water management, and the relationship between dwelling and landscape. Each studio gave an in-depth perspective on a different topic and helped to hone my visual communication and design argumentation skills. The studios allowed students to achieve depth in each topic; for example, I entered one studio project into the McKinsey Student Innovation Challenge and was nominated as a Finalist.
My graduation thesis mentors from the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism departments provided invaluable design direction, and engineering professors in the Civil Engineering department collaborated to offer suggestions on my coastal designs.
TU Delft's emphasis on the intersection between architecture, engineering, and landscape strongly prepared me for my current position as a coastal landscape restoration designer. Three months after graduating, I started working on ecological restoration, coastal stabilisation, and landscape architecture in a firm on the East Coast of the United States.
The idea of starting a Master’s degree in landscape architecture arose during my time as a student in architecture. I wanted to combine the knowledge I already had in terms of architecture with landscape design. I did extensive research into the different offers of Master tracks in landscape architecture around the world and particularly in Europe, and realised that landscape architecture is a professional field with many different topics. Even within a country we see that landscape architecture in different universities can be very distinctive.
I decided to study in Holland because of the uniqueness of the country in terms of landscape: a man-made country, lying below sea level, full of designed landscapes in which architecture and urban design are interrelated, providing a unique combination within the European context.
The programme at TU Delft is organised under the auspices of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and that means that the entire study is always related to the city and its people. Nevertheless, the programme does not neglect to equip its students with a lot of knowledge of scientific issues, basic knowledge on plants, soil types or hydrology, for example. My professional career in Holland started soon after my graduation, in one of the well-known firms of the country and despite the fact that I was among the first graduates of TU Delft Landscape Architecture Master’s programme, I did not face any difficulties. On the contrary, I would go as far as to say that the office was especially positive and welcoming towards me as a graduate from TU Delft!
The Master of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft is a comparatively new programme, but it is a very promising Master and certainly has a lot to offer to its students!
After finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Architecture I started a Master’s degree in Interiors, Buildings and Cities in Architecture. Although this is a very high-quality and interesting Master, I found that designing outdoor spaces intrigued me a lot more. I was therefore very happy to hear that the Master of Landscape Architecture had just been founded at the TU Delft, so I decided to switch. I received a warm welcome by the staff of the new track.
With a small group of students, we started in the new track in 2010. The educational programme was very well composed for a new Master’s track, since students from different design backgrounds were joining. In the first teaching year, which was very intensive, each quarter consisted of a strong theme on a different scale, so we learned very quickly how to deal with design tasks in various contexts and with different design problems.
What I really liked in this Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture is that it focuses very much on design. The different professors guide you through the design tasks in different ways. I also enjoyed the field trips, excursions and interactive workshops. I had a very nice and educational time with my fellow students and of course the great guidance and the wide knowledge of all the professors contributed to this significantly. Nowadays I love working as a garden and landscape architect.
After completing my Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, I wanted to continue my Master studies as part of an architectural faculty. TU Delft programme at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offered me a perfect combination of both – high quality learning facilities and thoughtfully set out educational programme. What I enjoyed most during my student years at the faculty is the openness of the Chair of Landscape Architecture to new perspectives, their willingness to discuss multiple points of view and their readiness to engage into valuable critical discussion. While the programme is focused around specific themes explored within the chair, the curriculum covers all aspects of landscape practice, giving one enough knowledge and space to find their own place and position within the field. Each semester introduces a new landscape topic and approach, a new scale of operation, and a new design assignment that is supported and further explored during seminars, workshops and lecture series. In this way each quarter of the programme is dedicated to distinct area of landscape practice, with courses complementing and informing each other. Students are given enough freedom to explore their own interests within the discipline, especially when choosing elective courses and defining their graduation project and research theme. The variety of perspectives, interests and topics explored within the faculty at large, provides a lively and stimulating study environment where one is encouraged to engage in dialogue and proactively lead their own study path.
After completing my Master studies, I was pleasingly invited to take on a temporary position of a guest lecturer at the Architecture Theory Chair.