MDes students in the Ecologies Domain pursue advanced studies in topics related to contemporary landscape, urbanism, geography, and territory within the broader contexts of the global social and natural environment. After a series of core courses in climate, social equity, ecology, and sustainable design, candidates are invited to construct their own program of study from among the course offerings at the GSD and across Harvard University.

Candidates in the MDes program’s Ecologies Domain may propose research topics related to the description of contemporary landscape and urban forms; the relation of landscape, ecology, infrastructure, and social spaces; the representation of ecological sites and systems; the simulation of energy production and consumption; agricultural production and consumption in relation to urbanism; water and waste networks in relation to urbanism; large-scale and ultra-rapid development and emergent forms of modernization and their ecological and economic impacts and possibilities; as well as advanced studies in landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, and weak urbanism.

Area Head

Chris Reed, Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture