Encouraging Interdisciplinary Conversation between Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Education in North America
In the Anthropocenic era, cities face increasing environmental, social and economic challenges that can be addressed through interdisciplinary efforts from planners and landscape architects. Literature exploring curricular connections between these two disciplines is limited. The purpose of this study is to determine similarities and differences between knowledge areas and requisite skills for the two allied disciplines of urban planning and landscape architecture; to identify appropriate approaches to increase interdisciplinary understanding and effort. The research was conducted through a mixed methods strategy where data from survey reports, literature, online questionnaires and university program curricula were collected. The results were analyzed to identify the differences in the knowledge and skills acquired by graduates of landscape architecture or urban planning; specific course additions are recommended.