Sustainable Landscape
Design and Development
Master’s Program

The program of the first two semesters consists of a series of compulsory (1st semester) and elective (2nd semester) courses taught separately, as well as one urban landscape and one landscape planning and development project that address realistic project assignments. In the 3rd semester students will undertake an internship and the 4th semester is dedicated to the master’s thesis.

The first two semesters (“residency”) take place at the “Sustainable Campus” of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Höxter.

The small town of Höxter is located in the center of Germany and situated in a stunning landscape, next to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (erected in the 9th century AD). The modern and architecturally beautiful “Sustainable Campus” with its own extended botanical garden provides industry-standard facilities, such as digital studios with 3D design workshops, and a combined analog-digital model-making workshop. It offers the spatial framework for concentrated study in an intense exchange with professors and assistants as well as with German and other international bachelor’s and master’s students.

The third semester (“Off-Campus”) is dedicated to completing an internship. During the fourth semester (“Off-Campus”) students work on their Master’s thesis. It is possible to attempt one of the “Off-Campus-Semesters” abroad.

1st and 2nd
Semester Course Description

The curriculum of the first semester consists of four compulsory courses:

– “Human-centered Open Space Planning and Design”,
Prof. Dr. Stefan Bochnig, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Rohler (5 Credits)

– “Sustainable Planting Design”,
Junior Prof. Nora Huxmann (5 Credits)

– “Landscape and Regional Planning in Germany”,
Prof. Dr. Boris Stemmer, Lucas Kaußen M.Sc. (5 Credits)

– “Quality in Detailed Design”,
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Laue (5 Credits)

Along with the four compulsory courses, students work together on a compulsory “Urban Landscape Project”,
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Elizabeth Sikiaridi, Prof. Dr. Stefan Bochnig, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Rohler (6 Credits)

The curriculum of the second semester consists of four elective courses (students choose four courses from a possible six):

– “Challenges of Open Space Planning in the Development of Technical Infrastructure”,
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Rohler, Prof. Dr. Stefan Bochnig (5 Credits)

– “Planning ahead: Development through Maintenance”,
Prof. Nora Huxmann (5 Credits)

– “Participatory Landscape Development and Design”,
Prof. Dr. Boris Stemmer and Lucas Kaußen (5 Credits)

– “Sustainable Landscape Architecture”,
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Laue (5 Credits)

– “International Urban Landscapes”,
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Elizabeth Sikiaridi (5 Credits)

– “User-oriented Open Space Development”,
Prof. Dr. Stefan Bochnig, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Rohler (5 Credits)

Besides the four elective courses, students work together on a compulsory “Landscape Planning and Development Project”,
Prof. Dr. Boris Stemmer and Lucas Kaußen M.Sc. (6 Credits)

With “Extra Muros” 1st Semester” (4 Credits) and “Extra Muros” 2nd Semester” (4 Credits) both first and second semester study incude a series of study trips in Germany and international excursions to landscape architecture and landscape planning projects, and meetings and discussions with the experts involved, as well as intensive field-trip workshop sessions. The relatively low living costs in Höxter more than compensate for the expense of the field trips.

Course Descriptions (Module Manual) PDF
Overview Study Plan PDF

3rd Semester Internship

Information

The third semester is dedicated to an internship that is supervised by the University. According to German legislation, international students who do not come from the EU or EEA are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days within a year, with no need of authorization from the Employment Agency, i.e. the German authorities. This enables international students to gain insights into German (or international) professional practice and experience practical training in the fields of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

The first step is to coordinate with your supervising professor and then apply to a planning office or authority that arouses your interest.

After you successfully acquired an internship position, you will work at that firm for the duration of the 3rd semester.

In order to receive the 30 credits at the end of the internship, you will have to provide the following:

– In your motivation statement, describe how you picture your future professional career and the field you want to be working in.

– After the first three months of the internship (50%), you will have to write a report about your given tasks and the actual work processes you are experiencing. Describe what you have learned so far and how you contribute to your employers office.

– At the end of the internship, you will write a final report. Reflect your time at the planning office and how you benefited from it. Describe positive and/or disappointing aspects about your time as an intern and write a concluding statement.

Notice: The internship is a pass or fail course. There will be no grading. The motivation statement from your application will help to reflect on your professional expectations and development. international students who do not come from the EU or EEA are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days within a year, with no need of authorization from the Employment Agency, i.e. the German authorities international students

Internship Regulations PDF (De/En)
Internship Model Contract PDF (De/En)

4th Semester Thesis

During the fourth – and final – semester, students work on their Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis is an individual research and design project on a subject chosen by the student. The thesis gives students the opportunity to prove their capacity to apply acquired skills and knowledge and to develop high-quality innovative landscape architecture solutions.

Throughout the first three semesters, you will identify the field in which you want to specify in. You may then suggest a topic for your Master Thesis and coordinate it with your supervising professor.

It is not mandatory that you are present on campus for the duration of your thesis. However, we advise you to regularly coordinate (i.e. personal meetings, video calls, email, etc.) with your supervising professor.

The thesis is laid out for 30 credits and consists of a written (27 credits) part and a final colloquium (3 credits).

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