Welcome to the Department of Landscape Architecture (LA) at MingDao University located at the rich coastal plain area of western Taiwan . Our department has a diverse and experienced faculty representing the broad spectrum of landscape architecture and environmental planning practices. Our students are bright and energetic with diverse professional interests. The department manages one of the few certification sites which draws students from the greater Taichung area. Collectively, we are engaging in a personalized education within one of the hottest professions.
This is an exciting time to be a student in the field of Landscape Architecture. Playing a critical role in dealing with global issues such as sustainable development, urban sprawl, declined rural life, and the loss of natural and cultural diversity. The profession is growing and is recognized as critical to creating places that nurture people while respecting the environment.
The core values of the department include:
- The training and development for landscape architecture students who are capable of designing, constructing, and maintaining project sites.
- The involvement of professional dialogue in the ideas of ecological design, community development, quality way of life, and the participatory designing effort.
- The advancement of landscape architecture theory, practices, and research.
Landscape Architecture is a discipline that combines studies of art, science and humanity. Through spatial theories around the globe and regional practical training, students will be trained to develop skills in landscape design, theories, and construction.
The emphasis is placed on the importance of both theoretical research and practical manipulation. The training in landscape design requires creativity and practicality. Comprehensive education is carried out in small groups, supplemented with computer-aided design and methodology on ecological engineering. Students will become more aware of issues on environmental and ecological preservations. Ultimately, students will be conscious of social responsibilities through community participation and building, and also become great designers with international perspectives.
Taiwan is a small island, with 70% of mountainous area. Therefore, usable land is scarce. In the recent 50 years, Taiwan had experienced rapid growth in economy, population, and urban congestion. Over-emphasis on infrastructure building has caused depletion of natural resources and speculation of land values. Conflicts between man and nature increase with time. As the quality of life improves and people growing more environmentally conscious, pursuing high quality living environments becomes a goal. People will benefit from quality leisure life and environment when better design and planning are applied to our limited land resources.
To train students to have the ability to perform landscape design in urban and rural contexts and become familiar with construction and maintenance management. Our main focus will be placed onlandscape design and construction in urban and rural communities. The department will also concentrate on the following developments:
1. assisting students with participating in community projects both urban and rural
2. guiding students with academic advancement and employment
3. strengthening special curriculum on practical training
4. holding related certifying examinations
5. promoting research related to urban-rural and ecological landscape
6. facilitating academic international exchanges
Features and Accomplishments
Design studios at all grade levels are conducted in small groups. Each instructor is assigned to 9-12 students. Each student has adequate one-on-one conversations and discussions with instructors about their projects. In addition to core courses, other supplementary subjects include theory, technical engineering, construction, and electives.Theory courses include: horticulture, landscape architecture fundamentals, and history of landscape architecture. Technical courses include: Survey, site planning, Landscape Engineeing. Construction courses include: Landscape Botany, Modeling, Public Art. As for electives, students are encouraged to register courses in other departments. Field trips are one way to help students learn. Many instructors will arrange field trips either during or outside of class time to visit sites.
Education and Guidance
1. June 2006: 20 firms and companies had signed agreements with the department of landscape architecture to provide summer internship opportunities.
2 November 2003: hosted National Collegiate Competition on Landscape Design
3 December 2003: provided assistance in overall planning of Woodball Game
4. June 2004: hosted Taiwan-Japan symposium on community garden design; invited speakers from Japan’s Osaka University
5. August 2008: 42 students successfully certified in Landscape ConstructionTechnician
Currently, students can choose to apply to graduate school either here in Taiwan or abroad. United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia all have graduate schools offering master and PhD degrees related to studies of landscape architecture. Domestically, there are National Taiwan University, Tunghai University, Chunghsing University, that offer graduate degrees in landscape architecture. There are also graduate schools that offer degrees in urban planning, leisure studies and public affair management.
Employment can be divided into 3 categories: administrative, planning, and management. The 3-track curriculum is designed to train students for these categories. Students may find administrative positions at government agencies, such as National Park Services, Bureau of Tourism, landscape section of Highway Department under Ministry of Transportation, Bureau of Urban Planning, City and County governments and etc Administrative positions can also be found in private sectors such as theme parks, resorts, and land development companies. The second category includes jobs in firms and companies specializing in urban planning, environmental impact assessment, GIS, or providing consultation construction, management and maintenance of landscape design of different scales. The third category includes positions in nurseries, landscaping equipments, street furniture, and others.
Opportunities include teaching positions at various research or academic institutions( schools, associations, foundations, publishing house, skill training center), professional training and research development.
Currently, professional licenses and certificates related to landscape architecture are Level 1 Landscape Technician Certificate, Level1 and 2 Computer Architectural Drafting, and Level Surveyor. Our department has a certification site for Landscape Technician exam. Juniors will take the exam during summer vacation prior to starting school in the fall.
Directions and Emphasis
The focus is to cultivate professional in landscape architecture. A comprehensive curriculum of theory, design and construction that combines systematic education of horticulture, ecology, architecture, urban planning, sociology, engineering and psychology help students find the balance for man and nature to coexist. The ultimate goal is to raise overall quality of living and environment through design and planning that achieve a harmonious relationship between man and nature.
- improve facility and certification site ground; encourage students to get certification
- establish Landscape consultation center for local community and industry
- improve education methods and student/teacher interaction
- offer credit-based curriculum for working students
- establish working relationship with colleges around the globe