Student Interview - MSc in Landscape Architecture – University of Copenhagen

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Prior to the COP15, which took place in Copenhagen in December 2009, Louise and her fellow students in the Landscape Architecture programme worked on a case study in which they designed a Walk and Talk landscape for the COP15. The goal was to create an optimal space for discussions and problem solving for the COP15 delegates.

Landscape Architects are problem solvers and creative developers at the same time, meaning that they can analyse a case and propose potential solutions.

“The most important skill you get in the Landscape Architecture programme is that you become capable of developing creative and beautiful designs which can create spaces that people like to use and spend time in”, Louise says.

The COP15 case study is only one of many examples of the way students in the Landscape Architecture programme work with real life cases. This is one of the features of the programme which appealed to Louise from the very beginning:

“The programme description on SCIENCE'S website was so appealing that I just had to pack my bags and move 400 kilometers from the northern part of Denmark to Copenhagen”, Louise says.

She has always been passionate about drawing and, at the same time, she has been fascinated by her fathers work on sustainable energy as an engineer. Consequently, Louise wanted to get an education which combined creativity, design, strategy and planning with a people, social welfare and environmental perspective.

In her words, landscape architecture embraces everything around and in between buildings as well as the placement of buildings in the landscape. It is about understanding the combination of spaces, scales, technology and practical knowledge in designs which positively contribute to our surroundings and the places where we live and go everyday. In other words: Landscape architecture is about the good intentions behind a design.

In contrast to architects, landscape architects also have basic knowledge about plants and agriculture, e.g. they know where specific plants grow and what they can be used for. As a landscape architect, you get to be involved in the whole process from the first visions and sketches to the relation.

In touch with real life

Currently, Louise works as an intern at Polyform Achitects. One of the projects she is involved in is a redesign of one of the major shopping streets in the city centre of Copenhagen.

“This is a really exiting project. There are so many things you need to take into consideration when you work with a place that is used by thousands of people every day, e.g. accessibility, contingency plans etc.”, Louise says.

The internship is a great way to get a sense of the applicability of the things she has learned after having studied Landscape Architecture for four years. Upon graduation, her dream is to work in a private practise on projects which cover the range from design to planning of small and large scale urban spaces.