This unit provides an introduction to landscape architecture as a profession. Though coordinated by MLA staff, content is delivered mainly by a wide range of guests from the profession and related areas of practice. Sessions involve presentations, debates and workshops aimed at familiarising students with a number of key ideas and concepts which will later form a foundation for their preparations for chartership during the early years of their career. In addition to providing an insight into professional methods and practices, they aim to generate discussion and critique around a range of questions relating to the legal, commercial and cultural practice of landscape as a discipline. Assessed work typically involves the preparation in groups of simulated professional reports, such as: Design and Access Statements; Landscape Character Assessments; Bid documents; etc. Students also submit an individual report, reflecting on their personal experiences of work in the profession, analysing and contextualising this in the light of understanding gained from taught seminars and workshops.

Note: The unit is taught in an intensive period during the early summer and work displayed is from 2021-22