Woodbury Expands Degree Offerings Master's in Landscape Architecture
Woodbury University's Barrio Logan campus in San Diego plans to start a master's in landscape architecture program in the fall 2016 semester.
Woodbury University will be starting a master's of landscape architecture program at its Barrio Logan campus in San Diego in the fall 2016 semester.
The university already has a master of architecture program at its San Diego facility, and will soon be adding master of interior architecture and master of leadership programs as well.
"The master of landscape architecture program will train students to design for climate change and a transforming urban landscape," a Woodbury University news release states.
Woodbury's MLA program will focus on the landscapes and infrastructure of the dry Southwestern U.S., as well as many other areas of the world affected by climate change.
"Our MLA program is distinctive because it engages climate change as an inevitability and an opportunity to reinvent the environment, specifically in regions of water scarcity," Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA, associate dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury, said.
MLA students will spend their final year working with the Arid Lands Institute, learning about designing landscapes in dryland environments.
"Given that many of our existing faculty have long been pursuing these areas of study, establishing a formal landscape architecture program was a natural next step," said Jose Parral, associate professor in San Diego. "With a landscape architecture program at the graduate level, we can bring a unique community together within the Southern California-Northern Mexico region to not only pursue issues related to climate change, but begin to imagine what this new world of dealing with climate change will be."
Woodbury University was founded in 1884 and is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. It has campuses in Burbank-Los Angeles and San Diego. In 2014, Money magazine ranked Woodbury 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," and also listed the university as one of its 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction.
LEED Silver Certificate Awarded to UMass
The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a LEED silver certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Commonwealth Honors is comprised of six buildings and was completed in mid-2013. There are 1,500 beds, nine classrooms, community spaces, and rooms for faculty-in-residence in this part of the campus.
The complex achieved LEED Silver for material usage, energy efficiencies, water management, site planning, and indoor environmental quality. Its outdoor walkways and courtyards are paved with permeable pavers. The dorm rooms and classroom space have sizable windows that provide daylight and reduce the need for artificial light. The complex has underground passageways so maintenance, deliveries and waste removal are made easier.
It also has low-flow plumbing fixtures; water efficient and drought tolerant landscaping; collection areas for recyclable materials; flexible lighting systems that can be easily adjusted to users' needs; energy efficient chillers; and other environmentally-friendly features.
The Commonwealth Honors College project cost $193 million. UMass Amherst also has six LEED Gold certified buildings, along with four other buildings targeted for either LEED Gold or Silver certification.
Cornell University, NALP Form Partnership
In an arrangement called "unique," Cornell University will be handling the education portion of the National Association of Landscape Professionals' upcoming Leaders Forum.
It involves a partnership between the Ivy League institution's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and the NALP.
The Leaders Forum, formerly called the Great Escape, takes place at the Hilton Beach and Golf Resort at Los Cabos, Mexico, from Feb. 25-27, 2016.
"Through this partnership with Cornell, we are taking this event to the next level and making it the 'must attend' event in the industry," said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, chief executive officer of the NALP. "We think the combination of an Ivy League education plus world class destination makes this a unique event."
Education sessions will be developed and led by award-winning management lecturer Risa M. Mish and Associate Dean for Executive Education Allan M. Filipowicz.
"The educational format delivered by Cornell will be highly interactive and will include real-world scenarios and case studies to illustrate key concepts," the NALP said in a news release on its website.
NALP's Leaders Forum will bring together CEOs, owners and leaders in landscape and lawn care for a few days of networking and education. The NALP says the focus will be on enhancing leadership skills that will lead to stronger companies and a stronger industry.
For 2016, DesignIntelligence has ranked Cornell's undergraduate landscape architecture program third in the nation, and its graduate program is fourth. Cornell's undergraduate architecture program is the top ranked school in the nation, and its graduate program is third.