Our Story

Here at SoLA, we work together to understand and imagine the potential of landscape. It’s a vibrant mix of design, ecology, planning, field tours and real-world projects.

We work with landscape at every scale – from small gardens to city-wide design, to planning extensive developments, or managing a national park.

Students work on projects involving urban renewal, sustainable design, ecological restoration, residential projects, public space design, and much more.

Having begun in 1969, ours is the first and oldest landscape architecture programme in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

SoLA is widely recognised as one of the best landscape architecture programmes in the world and our graduates are sought after around the globe.

Our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) are formally accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

This means our graduates are eligible to become internationally recognised and registered professionals who end up working on major sites around New Zealand, Asia and the world.

The School is also highly regarded internationally for its research and publishes its own refereed journal - Landscape Review. The School has received the top research ranking among New Zealand’s design programmes.

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School of Landscape Architecture,

Lincoln University, Aotearoa New Zealand