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The State of Hawai‘i offers students one of the world’s richest laboratories for the study of built and natural environments—a vibrant, cross-cultural cosmopolis set amidst the trade wind-kissed Hawaiian archipelago, which contains five climate zones, 10 of the world’s 14 sub-zones, and the tallest mountain on earth, if measured from its base. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a land, sea, and space grant, Carnegie R1 doctoral research university that fully optimizes its unique geographic location. Among the members of our distinguished full- and part-time faculty, we count experts in affordable housing; digital fabrication; landscape architecture; building systems and performance; resilience; climate change; design communication; Asian, Pacific, and Western architectural and urban history; preservation; and urban ecological design, among other areas of interest. Our faculty includes two members with unique, joint appointments: one with the Office of Public Health, in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; and one with the Sea Grant College Program, in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
Our programs explore the potential of design to improve and sustain healthy environments for diverse communities at all scales, and at the same time engage the public imagination in ways that elevate and ennoble community values, aspirations, and identity. Our curriculum embodies a long-standing commitment to the interdependency between disciplinary and professional perspectives, linking the history, theory, and criticism of the constructed world to its ethical and material requirements in practice.
The Doctor of Architecture degree program is accredited by the .
Focused on ecological and social sustainability by design, the School of Architecture’s MLA program uniquely positions its graduates to make essential professional contributions needed to maintain and enhance a beautiful, resilient, healthy, and prosperous Hawai‘i within its complex Asia-Pacific and global context. Its focus on contemporary, sustainable urban/landscape planning and design in tropical Asia-Pacific regions, where the majority of growth will occur in the upcoming decades, distinguishes this MLA from other North American landscape architecture programs. Hawai‘i, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge landscape architectural research, teaching, and practice. There is no other place in the United States where the aspirations of twenty-first century landscape architectural practice converge so seamlessly with the philosophy and culture of the local ancient, indigenous community.
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The School of Architecture offers Hawai'i’s only professional landscape architecture program. The field of landscape architecture comprises the analysis, planning, design, and management of natural and built environments. Landscape architectural practice presupposes a deep understanding of environmental systems and a commitment to the highest standards of design. A professional license is required to practice landscape architecture. An accredited degree in landscape architecture is needed for licensure. The MLA is a professional degree recognized by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).