A conversation on education
Book chapter, 2018

Landscape architecture today is becoming increasingly professionalized as a quasi-global profession—not least through the successful expansion of academic research efforts within the discipline. This includes the kinds of effort to which this volume as a whole contributes, and this chapter broadens our understanding of the institutional structures within which we operate. Indeed, education may be one of the most important realms for the engagement and transmission of knowledge that moves back and forth and connects practice and research in intricate ways—with the added benefit that education remains a dialogical and personal setting for exchange, not least in studio-driven design programmes. We therefore have asked significant educators from Landscape Architecture programmes in Europe and North America to reflect on the tensions and challenges the profession currently faces, and on what we can do to prepare new generations of landscape architects who are now part of the educational system or will be so in the future. Moreover, we wished to inspire a discussion of how the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of landscape architecture potentially impact on the discipline, and of the role they should play in future landscape architecture education.

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Ellen Braae

University of Copenhagen

Henriette Steiner

University of Copenhagen

Samantha L. Martin-McAuliffe

University College Dublin

Anne Bordeleau

University of Waterloo

Torben Dam

University of Copenhagen

Lilli Ličk

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Alan Tate

University of Manitoba

Tom Nielsen

Arkitektskolen Aarhus

Inge Bobbink

Delft University of Technology

David Grahame Shane

Columbia University

Catharina Dyrssen

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Maggie Roe

Newcastle University

Tao DuFour

Cornell University

Gini Lee

University of Melbourne

Anders Busse Nielsen

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Catherine Dee

University of Sheffield

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