Tzurnamal Turner Landscape Architecture, Apolonia National Park (Photography: Lev Zimbler)
Berabim Landscape Architecture, Quarry restoration, Eilat, (Photography: Yael Bar Maor)
Rachelle Wiener & Weinstein Vaadia, Gazelle Valley Park
Studio Urbanof, Yuvalim Campus, Nes Ziona (Photography: Studio Urbanof)
With the current climate crisis, growing population density and the rising threat to our natural resources, the profession of landscape architecture is becoming ever more important in Israel and beyond.
Landscape architecture deals with the planning and design of natural systems as lived environments; it integrates cultural, social, and ecological perspectives at varying scales— from public and open space systems, to urban and regional design, infrastructure planning, the design of neighborhoods, and public institutions. The profession is recognized by the Registrar of Engineers and Architects in Israel.
The Undergraduate Program in Landscape Architecture is a joint program of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem and the Hebrew University. It is the only program of its kind in Israel, combining landscape architecture studies with architecture and planning taught at the Bezalel School of Architecture with an in-depth study of plant sciences, ecology, and environment taught at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University. Through this unique collaboration, our goal is to train the next generation of designers with expertise in the fields of ecology and the environment.
The program was developed jointly by faculty members in the School of Architecture at Bezalel and the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University in the fields of plant sciences, ecology, and the environment. Graduates of the four year program (150 n''z) will receive a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) which is a recognized professional degree.
The curriculum is divided into three sections: design studios, methods, and theory. The first and second years include foundation studies, consisting mostly of required courses that represent the core knowledge, skills, and basic methods of landscape architectural practice. The third and fourth years offer advanced studies which include elective courses. Students may choose from elective courses offered at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment or at Bezalel.
The course of study at the Rehovot campus of the Hebrew University will include plant sciences, ecology, environment and fauna/flora of Israel.
The unique collaboration between the School of Architecture at Bezalel and the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University offers graduates of the program a diverse set of skills, grounding design in in-depth knowledge of ecology and natural systems. This comprehensive curriculum will prepare our graduates to deal with the increasing complexity of open space planning in the Israeli and global environment, bringing together spatial planning with the understanding of scientific data, engineering methods, social approaches, and their integration into the design of the built environment, alongside critical thinking and the mastery of design tools, including graphic skills and digital technologies.
The joint program of Bezalel and the Hebrew University will train a new generation of landscape architects in Israeli by imparting the integrative and multidisciplinary knowledge necessary to design urban and regional landscapes in the 21st century.