Landscape Architecture and Planning (BLP) / BSc


The BSc programme Landscape Architecture and Planning focuses on the deliberate construction and reconstruction of the environment. It involves research, planning and design of landscape to create, maintain, protect and enhance places to be functional, meaningful, sustainable and beautiful. In order to comprehend the complex relationships between people, nature and landscape the study integrates concepts and approaches from both the creative arts and the natural and social sciences and incorporates the latest advances in technology. It combines the professional skills of physical design and spatial planning with the ability to conduct research and express a scholarly attitude. Landscape Architecture and Planning is concerned both with the creative process of making plans and designs on various spatial scales and with different temporal horizons, with the organization of interactive or participatory decision making processes towards the generation of plans and policies and with the development and management of scientific knowledge. This is done in an integrative manner, whereby planning and design decisions are legitimized by sound academic knowledge and the validity and utility of knowledge is tested in the process of planning and design. The study focuses primarily on the rural-urban metropolitan landscape of The Netherlands and Western Europe in a dynamic and global context of cultural, ecological, technological, economic and political transformations.

Learning Outcomes

After succesful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to:
- to be able to carry out a descriptive and critical analysis of the physical and social dimensions of the landscape, and its historical development under the influence of natural and cultural processes in order to understand the multidimensional aspects of landscape;
- to be able to recognize design and planning theories, concepts and approaches;
- to be able to understand the landscape research cycle and distinguish basic methods;
- to be able to execute a landscape research under supervision, to formulate a research proposal, to extract research questions from design and planning practice and to execute a literature review;
- have the creativity and power of imagination necessary to represent a future landscape and spatial organization and distinguish different planning or design methods;
- to be able to:
* visualize or otherwise comprehensively present models, alternatives and potential scenario's of past, present en future landscape interventions on interrelating spatial scales (specialization Landscape Architecture);
* support and contribute to an operational and strategic interactive planning process and to express it through future oriented scenario studies (specialization Spatial Planning);
- have scientific curiosity and is pro-active and creative;
- to be able to gather relevant information, to write an essay or research report, has presentation and organizational skills and is able to empathize with diverse audiences;
- to be able to present research results honestly and incorruptible;
- to be able to work according to planning and is reliable;
- to be able to recognize aspects of project management.


- Landscape Architecture;
- Spatial Planning.

Programme Director

Drs J.F.B. Philipsen
Phone: 0317-(4)82771

Study Adviser(s)

- Ir J.P.A. van Nieuwenhuize
Phone: 0317-(4)83474
- Ir C.Q.J.M. Heukels
Phone: 0317-(4)81896
Consultation hours: weekly based on reservation on list or by email
Lumen Room 0.215, Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, 6708 PB Wageningen

Programme Committee

Chair: Drs. J.F.B. Philipsen
Secretary: J. Welling


Study Association

Genius Loci
Forum building, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MDR Development and Rural Innovation
MGI Geo-information Science
MLE Leisure Tourism and Environment
MLP Landscape Architecture and Planning