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Chatham College Sustainable Landscape Design Programs

Chatham offers two unique Landscape Design degree programs emphasizing the relationship between environmental issues and the design, installation, maintenance, and restoration of landscapes. The college offers a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, new for the fall 2003 term, and a Master of Arts in Landscape Studies degree. These programs are enriched through ties with Chatham's Rachel Carson Institute and its connection to green organizations in the region, through the college campus' status as a registered arboretum, and through a strong relationship with the the Environmental Studies program at the college.
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Chatham College
Pittsburgh , PA
Contact Person: Lisa Kunst Vavro
Phone: (412) 365-1882
E-Mail: lvavro@chatham.edu
Website: http://www.chatham.edu/show.asp?durki=1479

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Landscape architects are responsible for work related to new development and construction, and they are also involved in historic preservation, land reclamation, and refurbishment of existing sites. Landscape architects are involved in determining the nature and pupose of a project; establishing the funds available, analyzing the climate, soil, slope, drainage, vegetation, sunlight, and angles of a site; assessing the impact of existing buildings, roads, and walkways; creating working drawings; defining methods of construction and creating lists of materials; and supervising the installation of designs by developers and landscape contractors. Landscape architects must design projects by taking into account the needs and desires of clients, the condition of a site, and the government regulations impacting a site. Chatham's program in landscape architecture is designed to teach students the skills they will need to be successful, environmentally responsible landscape architects.

Landscape studies provides an innovative and challenging curriculum that includes the study of art, landscape, and philosophy, as well as the practical sciences of landscape design. The curriculum emphasizes a mature understanding of landscape issues, and helps students explore personal landscape design ideologies and strategies that will enable them to practice as creative and responsible professionals.

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