BSD Creative Design Competition 2017 for Digital Garden

NUS MLA students won a prize with 5,000RMB of the BSD Creative Design Competition 2017 (

The third prize went to the following group of NUS MLA students, for their submission "Flow-Light Garden" (National University of Singapore): LINXIN XU and YUXIN XU Adviser: Hwang Yun Hye.

Urban Greening Workshop in Tokyo
February, 2018

MLA students taking the class LA5303 (Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques) visited Tokyo as part of a short-term exchange programme with Chiba University during the recess week. This year, NUS MLA students worked with Chiba University’s Landscape Architecture Department in the Graduate School of Horticulture, and landscape architecture students from Tsinghua University. Over the 10-day visit, students from the three universities worked on a small design project for landscape in Kashiwanoha Smart City. The overall context is that while technologies have made Kashiwanoha Smart City more sustainable and prepared for natural disasters, the landscapes seem to be under-emphasized in the overall strategic development of the city.

The workshop requires students to analyse and demonstrate through landscape planning and design, ways in which landscapes can be aligned to the overall developmental objectives of the smart city, covering themes such as health and well-being, ecological enhancement, urban biodiversity, culture and identity, etc. The workshop culminated in a presentation with guest visitors from Kajima Corporation and Politechnico di Torino. In addition to the design project, students also attended a guided site visit by the landscape architect involved in the greenery planning and design of the city. There were also lectures from our industry guest visitor, and professors from Tsinghua and NUS. The trip also included site visits to notable greening projects in Tokyo, experimental and commercial plant factories in Chiba University, urban parks, and traditional Japanese Gardens.

Gardens By The Bay Prize for Top Graduating MLA Student

The Department of Architecture is very pleased to announce the establishment of a university-level award, the “Gardens by the Bay Prize”. The Gardens by the Prize will be given to the top graduate of each cohort from the Master of Landscape Architecture programme. Said Prof Ho Puay Peng, Head of Department of Architecture: “We are very grateful to Gardens by the Bay for supporting our educational efforts to advance architecture in Singapore and the region. Gardens by the Bay has not only opened its scholarship to Master of Landscape Architecture students, it has also generously donated the prize to recognize the efforts of our students”. Mr Phan Yoke Fei, Senior Director, HR for Gardens by the Bay: “Gardens by the Bay takes pride in successfully blending greenery seamlessly within a bustling metropolis.

We are deeply honoured to be associated with the Department of Architecture of NUS through this Award, as we believe the challenge of future sustainability will require Landscape Architects who are able to demonstrate versatility in integrating nature into their architectural design."

NUS student, Dai Junwei spent a semester on exchange in Cornell University in Fall 2017

“I am really grateful for MLA programme of NUS to give me such a precious opportunity to enrich my education abroad. The experience in Cornell is so inspiring in terms of both academic and life experience. The Landscape Architecture department of Cornell University is in the College of Agriculture and Life Science, which is different from most universities. However, we can still get rich resources from College of Architecture, Art and Plaining. The setting of courses here is also flexible, allowing students to select courses based on their own preference. For studio, I selected the second year graduate studio. The campus is just amazingly beautiful. The main campus is located between two creeks, providing the students with peaceful and natural environment to enjoy the kingdom of knowledge, which is quite different from the city university campuses. The beautiful scenery here also gave me much inspiration for my hobby of painting. Thanks again for this opportunity and I benefit a lot from it in my life.” Junwei

President’s Award for Environment 2017
November, 2017

Dr Shawn Lum received the President's Award 2017 for the Environment for his significant involvement in biodiversity projects in Singapore. Dr Lum has worked as an adjunct professor in Landscape since the inauguration of NUS MLA program.

Landscape Institute Award 2017 and IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) ASIA-PAC LA Awards 2017
November, 2017

Assistant Professor Yun Hye Hwang received several prizes of LI awards 2017 and IFLA ASIA-PAC LA Awards 2017 for her projects in NUS campus.

Award of Highly Commended under ‘Science, Management and Stewardship Award’ category

‘Less-maintained and high-diverse campus greenery in Singapore’ 

Award of Excellence under ‘Nature Conservation’ category – ‘From Lawn to Forest Garden’ (Ventus Naturalized garden) 

Award of Excellence under ‘Skyrise Greenery’ category – ‘Nature Refuge on Five Centimetres of Soil’(SDE roof)

SILA (Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects) Student Awards 2017
November, 2017

NUS MLA students won many prizes in different categories of the SILA Student Awards 2017. Congratulates all individual students and the winning team!

Launch of Facebook Page
August, 2017

We announce the launch of our new Facebook Page. Through Facebook, we will share our activities in the Master of Landscape Architecture(MLA) program and connect among alumni, current students, and future students. To follow us on Facebook, simply click here; then click “Like” at the top of the Page.

Two MLA students Chang Pearlyn and Zhang Qingqing have been accepted as exchange students in MLA, Cornell University
Sept – Dec, 2016

“..Our modules mostly involved going out in the field; from getting our hands dirty digging soil and obtaining water quality samples, to birdwatching with binoculars, and even camping overnight in a wooden cabin in the woods. We learnt representational techniques using a combination of GIS, Rhino and Grasshopper scripting to create analytical diagrams and maps. Working together with other disciplines in our projects, an experience that broadens our perspectives on environmental design..” from Pearlyn & Qing Qing

NUS MLA Graduate Feng Yuanqiu awarded the prestigious NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue doctoral degree
Sept 2016 –

“…I am a first-year PhD student in Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Joan Nassauer in the Landscape Ecology and Perception Lab. Currently, we are working on green infrastructure planning in the shrinking city of Detroit as a means of addressing problems and seizing opportunities associated with vacancy and aging urban infrastructure. Working in such a starkly contrasting urban context from Asia’s booming megacities not only broadens my knowledge, but also reveals to me the principles, concepts and approaches that are applicable across cultural and geographic boundaries….” from Yuanqiu

Two NUS students Chang Pearlyn (MLA yr5) and Wang Chao Chao (M.arch yr5) won a bronze prize in planting design category of the SILA Student Awards 2016

Two MLA students, Jum Chen Wei and Tao Yibei received an honourable mention in DRIA (Design Resilience in Asia) 2016 as members of NUS team.

Smile Village Tree Nursery Project, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
15 May – 15 June 2016

Smile Village, a community building project for 70 families evicted from slums was initi­ated in 2012 by Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) and Solutions to End Poverty (STEP). With the completion of shelter provision, the village moves towards the next stage of improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries through economically sustainable community development programmes. Five NUS MLA students participated in not only for plot design but also for hands-on construction process together with MyCorps, a Malaysian youth volunteering group.

MLA Exhibition 2016 May 2016

We would like to invite you to the opening event of MLA exhibition 2016. The exhibition showcases students’ works containing individual portfolios over 2 years of the master of landscape architecture (MLA) programme in NUS and video of highlights of MLA activities for the 2 years.

Date: 13th May – 16th May 2016
Opening event: 13th May, 6-8pm
Venue: Department of Architecture
Exhibition Hall, SDE1
School of Design and Environment, NUS

We very much look forward to seeing you.

Graduating MLA Students completed a Sponsored Studio on City of Udaipur, India Apr 2016

The graduating batch of MLA students completed a studio exploring the potential of landscapes to improve environmental quality and liveability for the walled city of Udaipur, one of the first twenty cities selected for the first phase of India's Smart Cities mission. Check out what the students have done in this video link (short film for the City of Udaipur). This studio was sponsored by the Ramboll Foundation.

An Effort to Conserve the Natural Resources in an Urban Landscape, Indonesia Dr. Bambang Sulistyantara, 18 Apr 2016

This lecture will deliver the research results of some case studies in Indonesia, concerning on the following aspects:

  1. Management of urban trees and inventory method
  2. Open space valuation on its capacity to reduce infrastructure construction in order to mitigate stormwater runoff
  3. Mangrove forest conservation approaches at Nusakambangan, Central Java
  4. Benefits of roadside trees along highways to reduce air pollution
  5. Ecosystem change prediction based on climatic data at Lombok Island.

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Gardens by the Bay Scholarship Mar 2016

The Gardens by the Bay is now receiving applications for its scholarship programme. B.Arch students in their third who intend to pursue Master of Landscape Architecture, and B.Arch students in their fourth year who are taking the preparatory year of the Master of Landscape Architecture programme are eligible to apply. Please note that terms and conditions apply and further information can be obtained from this link.

Enquiries should also be directed to Gardens by the Bay. Also see Scholarship page.

Urban Greening Workshop with Chiba University, Singapore Feb 2016

MLA students taking the class LA5303 (Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques) visited Tokyo as part of a short-term exchange programme with Chiba University during the recess week. This is the third run of the joint programme with Chiba University’s Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Horticulture, and Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences.

Over the 10-day visit, students from both universities worked on a small design project for greening of Chiba University Hospital with the objective of improving the planning and design of green spaces in the hospital to encourage better healing spaces for patients, restorative spaces for staff, enhance the hospital identity, environmental performance, and social connection with surrounding communities. The design workshop culminated in presentation to hospital and university staff, including the Director-General (CEO) of the hospital and Vice President of Chiba University. In addition to the workshop, students visited notable greening projects in Tokyo, experimental and commercial plant factories in Chiba University, and traditional Japanese Gardens.

Studio Field Trip to Sukabumi, Indonesia Feb 2016

For AY2015/2016’s second semester design studio, fourth-year MLA students worked in Sukabumi, Indonesia, and considered design responses to peri-urban landscapes and oil palm plantations. In our first collaboration with landscape architecture faculty and students from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), we worked on an urbanizing village (Desa Warnajati) adjacent to a large oil palm plantation.

City in a Garden – Vision to Reality Yeo Meng Tong, 18 Jan 2016

Greenery and parks are not just places where one can enjoy nature, but they also provide us with fresh air and a pleasant living environment. The greening of Singapore has always been a crucial part of our nation building.

Like other infrastructure developments, the development of greenery needs to be sustainable and integrated with other developments for the greater good of Singapore. This presentation will share how greenery used to be like in Singapore, how it is now, and our aims for the future.

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Urban Greening Workshop with Chiba University, Singapore Feb 2015

NUS and Chiba University students on a visit to study site at Changi Business Park for a joint design workshop undertaken as part of the module Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques. A project sponsored by JTC Corporation, the workshop focused on the potential of landscapes in a conventional business park in Singapore by understanding hidden social and ecological connections between the site and adjacent land uses and communities, as well as the needs of office workers in the site.

Studio Field Trip, San Jose del Monte, Philippines 18 Jan - 23 Jan 2015

12 students in NUS MLA program visited City of San Jose del Monte, as a part of the module MLA Studio: City - for proposing urban revitalization strategies for a low-income community. The Six-day field trip aimed to understand site context through intensive research activities including data collection, site observation, measurements, interviews, and mappings. Two local partners, the city of San Jose Del Monte and Enpraxis guided and provided grounded- perspectives that raised awareness of the economic, social, and cultural situations of low-income developments in the city.

Studio Field Trip, Bali, Indonesia 13 Jan - 22 Jan 2014

Eleven second-year students from the MLA programme went for a 10-day field trip to Bali, Indonesia to study the effects of tourism and urbanization on the traditional agricultural landscape. This final-year studio was based in Canggu, a fast-urbanizing desa (‘village’) located near popular tourist destinations such as Kuta and Seminyak. The team sought to understand development patterns and their impacts, and offer realistic point solutions to the various landscape issues identified.

Urban Greening Workshop with Chiba University, Tokyo, Japan Feb 2014

NUS students on a study visit to a research facility in Chiba University on intensive urban agriculture production systems, which showcases a range of production systems from conventional greenhouse to fully automated plant factories that are developed for production, retail and disaster relief operations. This visit is undertaken as part of the module Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques, during which NUS students participate in joint workshop with students from Chiba University. Each university hosts a workshop in alternate years, allowing students to take advantage of cross-cultural and contextual learning in the approach to the design of urban landscapes.

Studio Field Trip, Manila, Philippines 22 Jan - 28 Jan 2014

Under the theme of ‘Food, Shelter & Livelihood’, twelve first-year MLA students left for Manila to conduct field work for their second-semester studio. The project site was set in BASECO, a landfill at the bay of the City of Manila, currently occupied by the urban poor as well as new rural immigrants living in difficult conditions. Facilitated by NGO partners such as Gawad Kalinga and Urban Poor Associates, students were able to gather detailed site information through interviews, mappings and photographic documentation. The collected data would in turn be used to inform landscape strategies for improving liveability in these conditions.

Studio Field Trip, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 30 Jun - 4 Jul 2013

As part of the NUS Landscape bridging course, twelve MLA students visited the Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, along with other NUS participants. Students were tasked to develop an edible landscape concept for the PSE School, whose student population largely comprises the urban poor, living in and around a large dumpsite. Through field work and interactions with local students and partners, the NUS participants collected site information for their design work, and also gained awareness of the urgent socio-economic problems confronting the urban poor in Phnom Penh.