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MLA Student Handbook Fall 2006 - October 2006

1.1. Departments of Anhalt

University of Applied Sciences

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences is

organized into nine departments:

Dept. 1:

Dept. 2:

Dept. 3:

Dept. 4:

Dept. 5:

Dept. 6:

Dept. 7:

Department of the following

programs: Agriculture,

Home Economics and

Landscape Development

(Campus Bernburg)

Department of Economics

(Campus Bernburg)

Department of Architecture,

Facility Management and


(Campus Dessau)

Department of Design

(Campus Dessau)

Department of Computer

Science (Campus Köthen)

Department of Electrical

Engineering, Mechanical

and Industrial Engineering

(Campus Köthen)

Department of Applied

Biosciences and Process


(Campus Köthen)

Anhalt University is the largest university of

its kind in the state of Saxony-Anhalt with

more than 6,500 students including more

than 12% foreign students from 45 different

countries. The university is located in

Koethen with further departments in

Bernburg and Dessau. With its 26 firstdegree

programs, nine advanced degree

programs, and four correspondence

programs, including six English language

Master programs and joint international

degree programs, the university offers a

broad educational profile in technology,

business, planning, and design. In the area

of design Anhalt University offers the

following English language graduate design

programs in Dessau and Bernburg:

• Master of Architecture MArch

• Master of Art in Integrated Design


• Master of Landscape Architecture


Since its inception, the university has

cooperated intensely with scientific

institutions in Germany and abroad. In

Bernburg, studies focus on land and

business management in the Department of

Agriculture, Home Economics, and

Landscape Development (Dept.1) and the

Department of Architecture Facility

Management and Geoinformation (Dept. 3).

In Dessau, the original Bauhaus ideas are

continued in the programs in architecture

and design. Studies in Köthen centre on the

classical technical fields in the Departments

of Electrical Engineering, Food Technology /

Biotechnology / Environmental Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering /

’Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen’, and Computer


The Department with the disciplines of

Agriculture, Home Economics and

Landscape Development is the largest

department at Anhalt University with 34

professors and approx. 1,300 students.

Landscape architecture with a German

language 4 year BLA program and an

English language 2 year MLA program is a

discipline with high enrolment. By focusing

on the application of new technologies, the

Landscape Architecture Program has

quickly found recognition since its initiation

in 1992.

Demonstration gardens and historic

collections ideally complement the scientific

environment. Further programs in the

department are two programs in agriculture

(in residence and by correspondence), and

undergraduate programs in Nature

Conservancy and Economics and Nutrition,

as well as Master programs in Landscape

Architecture, Food and Agribusiness and

Nature Conservancy. The areas of

landscape technology and plant application

have found ideal conditions for the

development of experimental construction

sites and plant application test plots during

the last years.

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The department includes various

laboratories such as a soil science lab,

chemical labs, etc. serving its diverse

programs. These laboratories are also used

by the landscape architecture students.

Department 1 is distributed over three

different locations in Bernburg. The majority

of facilities are located on the Bernburg-

Strenzfeld campus 4 km outside of Bernburg

(33,000 inhabitants), surrounded by

agricultural test plots and park-like

landscape. The other locations are in

downtown Bernburg, the historic Bernburg

Cloister, and the adjacent Centre for

Science and Technology (the INDIGO

Innovation Park), both in proximity to the

historic town hall which houses the

collegiate program of Real Estate


Bernburg has been contributing to scientific

research in agriculture in Germany since

1881; the university was started 50 years


The MLA Program founded in 1999 is

located in the INDIGO Research Park in

downtown Bernburg, affording exchange

with several information technology

companies also located in the building.

Besides the INDIGO Park, neighbouring

campus buildings such as the cloister and

the old town hall can also be used. Proximity

to the train station facilitates the participation

in events at the Department of Architecture

in Dessau and the Bauhaus Foundation,

which are a 35 minute train ride away. Thus

cooperation with the Department of

Architecture is logistically afforded.

Classes talk in German by the other

programs in landscape architecture and

nature conservation are hold at the

Bernburg - Strenzfeld Campus. Please see

train Schedule to Dessau and bus schedule

to Bernburg - Strenzfeld in part 5 of your


The university is pursuing continuing

education by offering postgraduate courses,

correspondence courses and weekend

seminars. In respect to its applied research,

it ranks among the most productive

universities of applied sciences in Germany,

commanding over approx. 3 Mill. Euro of

non-university funding and 10 adjunct


The main goal of any future development is

the strengthening of interdisciplinary

cooperation, particularly by modularization

and internationalization of programs.

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1.2. Faculty of Department 1: Agriculture, Home Economics and Landscape


Full-time Faculty


Prof. Dr. Erik Arndt

Prof. Dr. Alfred Baier

Prof. Dr. Siegmar Brandt

Prof. Erich Buhmann

Prof. Dr. Bernd Dohmen

Prof. Dr. Birgit Felinks

Prof. Dr. Uwe Fichtner

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Fischer-Leonhardt

Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Gottstein

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Haass

Prof. Dr. Dietlind Hanrieder

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Igl

Prof. Dr. Elena Kashtanova

Prof. Dr. Peter Kaufmann

Prof. Dr. Ellen Kausch

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kircher

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kleiner

Prof. Dr. Roland Köhn

Prof. Einar Kretzler

Prof. Horst Lange

Prof. Dr. Werner Merkle

Prof. Dr. Dieter Orzessek

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter

Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Rohe

Prof. Dr. Ingo Schellenberg

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

Prof. Reiner Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Schnäckel

Prof. Dr. Markus Seewald

Prof. Dr. Margot Steinel

Prof. Dr. Sabine Tischew

Prof. Dr. Martin Wähner

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Witte


Angewandte Ökologie / Applied Ecology

Angewandte Informatik / Applied Computer Science

Raumordnung / Spatial Planning

Angewandte Informatik in der Landschaftsplanung / Computer Science in Landscape Planning

Agrarmanagement / Management in Agriculture

Landschaftspflege und Gehölzkunde / Landscape Managment and Dendrology

Kartographie / Cartography

Landschaftsgestaltung und Gartenarchitektur / Landscape Design and Garden Architecture

Umweltanalytik / Environmental Analysis

Landschaftsarchitektur / Landscape Design

Lebensmittellehre / Nutrition Sciences

Dienstleistungsmanagment / Management of Service Industries

Internationaler Handel im Agrobusiness

Mathematik, Statistik / Mathematics and Statistic

Ingenieurbiologie / Biological Engineering

Botanik / Botany

Haushaltshygiene / Home Economics and Hygiene

Technologie der Tierproduktion / Production Lifestock

Angewandte Informatik in der Garten- und Landschaftsarchitektur / Computer Science in

Landscape Design

Landschaftsplanung und –ökologie / Landscape Planning and Ecology

Beratungslehre / Consulting Nutrition

Grundlagen der Pflanzenproduktion / Basics in Plant Production

Faunistik und Naturschutz / Fauna and Nature Conservancy

BWL, insbesondere Marketing / Marketing-Business Administration

Anorganische und organische Chemie / Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

Umwelt- und Planungsrecht / Environmental Law and Planning Law

Landschaftsgestaltung und Gartenarchitektur / Landscape Design and Garden Architecture

Lebensmitteltechnologie / Nutrition Science and Production

Ernährungslehre / Nutrition Science

Wirtschaftslehre des Großhaushaltes / Home Economics

Vegetationskunde und Landschaftsökologie / Plants and Landscape Ecology

Grundlagen Tierproduktion / Lifestock Management

Technologie Pflanzenproduktion / Technology of Plant Production

Guest Professor MLA Program

Prof. Anemone Beck Koh

Prof. Barty Warren-Kretzschmar

Landscape Design

Landscape Planning


Prof. Dr. Rolf Höster

Plant Use of Trees

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1.3. Faculty and Instructors

teaching in the MLA Program

Buhmann, Erich; Prof.

Education: MLA ,State University of New York;

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Fachhochschule Weihenstephan

Professional Experience:

Founding MLA Program Director, 1999

Partner at ATELIER BERNBURG, Landscape


Research Assistant at University of Karlsruhe,

Professor for GIS-Application at Anhalt University

of Applied Sciences,

GIS coordinator at Bayrisches Landesamt für


Landesamt für Umweltschutz und

Gewerbeaufsicht, GIS-System Specialist

Rheinland-Pfalz, ifp-Institut Offenbach,

Landscape Architecture Partnership Saratoga

Springs, University of Kaiserslautern,

Specialization: GIS Application in Landscape



Beck-Koh, Anemone; Prof.

Registered Landscape Architect in USA and


Education: MLA, CUD University of


Diplom.-Ingenieur in Landscape Architecture.,

Berlin Technical University;

Postgraduate Studies, Royal Institute of

Technology Stockholm and Kyoto University,


Professional Experience: Principal, Oikos LTD.

Seoul, Korea

Specialization: Landscape Design,

Urban Design,

Oriental Aesthetics and Landscape,

Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture

and Urban Design.


Brzoska, Angelika-Christina; Prof.

Prof. for Graphics Design and Presentation,

Department of Architecture


Felinks, Birgit: Prof. Dr.

Prof. for Landscape Management and



Haase, Andrea; Prof. Dr. Ing.

Education: 1981 Diploma in Architecture/

specialized in Urban Development, Technical

University Aachen;

1982-84 Civil Service in Regional and Communal

Government/ “Städtebauassessorin” – Cologne;

1998 PhD Technical University Aachen;

2000 Post-graduate study-course “UK Planning

Law and Practice”, University of Leeds/ England;

Professional Experience:

1981 – 1982 Planning Assistant, Prof. Dr. A.C.

Boettger, Aachen-Lemiers/ Federal Referee for

Housing, Verbraucherberatung, Bonn;

1985 Planning Assistant, Prof. D. Castro,


1985-1997 Research and Teaching Assistant/

Planning Consultant, Technical University


1989 Registered Architect AKNW;

1994 Registered Town Planner AKNW;

1995-1997 Consultancy in Development

Planning, Aachen;

2001 Registered Architect/ UK,

1997-2000 Consultancy in Development

Planning/ Publications, Burntisland/ Scotland;

2000 Professor of Urbanism and Spatial

Planning, Dessau;

2001-2003 Directing Research about Urban

Renewal in Saxonia-Anhalt (funded by the

Federal Ministry of Education and Research,

Berlin/ Germany);

2002 Registered Town Planner ISOCARP, The

Hague/ The Netherlands, Publications and public

lectures, Urbanism, Planning law, Research


Specialization: Guiding urban changes/ Design

of built and unbuilt spaces/ Social and economic

meaning of spaces.


Kircher, Wolfram; Prof. Dr.

Education: Doktor rer. agr. 1993 Technical

University München,

Dipl. Ing. agr. 1987 Technical University


Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Ornamental


Professional Experience: Since 1994: Professor

for Planting Design,

Perennials and Planting Planning, Anhalt

University of Applied Siences,

1991 – 1994:Research Assistant for Landscape

Construction, LWG (Research Station for

Viniculture and Horticulture) Veitshöchheim,

1988 – 1991:Plant Production Manager in a

perennial nursery,


1987 – 1988: Research Assistant, Institute for

Geobotany, Technical University München;

Specialization: Low maintenance plantings,

Perennial plantings for public open spaces,

Seed mixtures for dry sites and roof gardens,

Plants for swimming ponds,

Plant composition in Mediterranean climate.


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Kretzler, Einar; Prof.

Education: University of Hannover,

Professional Experience: Consulting Office “3d-


Trüber und Gondesen Lübeck, Anhalt University

of Applied Sciences

Specialization: CAD and Visualisation.


Lange, Horst; Prof.

(Registered Landscape Architect)

Education: Technical University of Berlin and

University of Hannover:

Dipl.-Ing. Landscape Planning (1980-85)

Professional Experience: Head of the authority

for nature conservation of Hagen (Northrhine-

Westfalia) (1984-1990),

Scientist at the environmental agency of

University of Dortmund (1990-1991),

Head of the department for Landscape Planning

in the Ministry for Environmental Protection and

Nature Conservation of Mecklenburg-

Vorpommern (1991-1995),

Professor for Landscape Planning and

Landscape Ecology at Anhalt University of

applied Sciences (since 1995)

Specialization: Theory and Methods of

Landscape and Environmental Planning.


www.Landschaftsplanung-, www.Lehrbuch-

Schmidt, Alexander; Prof. Dr.

Education: Georg-August University Göttingen,

First Examination in Law 1985 and PhD 1992;

Land Niedersachsen,

Second Examination in Law 1992.

Practical Experience: Gaßner, Groth & Siederer,

Lawyers, Berlin, 1992 - 1994;

Independent Expert Commission on the

Environmental Code at the Ministry for the

Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear

Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1995

- 1997.


Schmidt, Reiner; Prof.


Stybor, Lisa; Prof.

Professor for Form and Design at Anhalt

University, Dept. of Design.


Regular Visiting Instructors

Bruns, Diedrich; Prof. Dr.

University of Kassel

Specialisation: Landscape Ecology, Landscape



Capatti, Tancredi; Architect

Education: University of Architecture Politecnico

di Milano,

La Scuola Superiore d’Applicata all Industria del

Casello Sforzesco Milano,

Professional Experience: Graphikdesignbüro

Gianni Sassi Mailand, Büro Dott. Arch. Alession

Arenosto, Büro Dott. Arch. Darko Pandakovic,

Büro Dott. Arch. Ciro Noja, Büro Kiefer, Berlin,

Teacher assistant at MLA Program of Anhalt

University of Applied Sciences

Fields of Specialization: Landscape Design,

Graphical Design and Layout, Journalism.


Carter, Emanuel; Prof.

Education: BA (Goverment); Master of Regional

Planning, Cornell University.

Professional Experience: Project Planner, Dept.

Of Planning&Development, Ithaca, NY;

Recreation and Park Advisor, Pennsylvania

Bureau of Recreation & Conservation,

Harrisburg, PA;

Associate Director-Planning, Chase Architectural

Associates, Syracuse, NY;

Principal Planner, Syracuse, Dept. Of Community

Development, Syracuse, NY;

Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture

Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY;

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Of Geography,

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Specialization: Urban Design, City and Regional

Planning, Development process, Planning and

Design Theory, Cultural Landscape History,

Sustainable Design.


ESF Syracuse Landscape Architecture faculty

De Lucca, Denis; Prof. Arch.

Head Department of Architecture and Urban

Studies University of Malta; Director International

Institute for Baroque Studies; Chairman Medina

Rehabilitation Committee.


Dunnett, Nigel; Dr.

Education: B.Sc. Botany (University of Bristol),

M.Sc. Landscape Ecology,

Design and Maintenance (University of London),

PhD (University of Sheffield).

Professional Experience: Senior Lecturer,

Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield.

Private garden design practice. Horticultural and

garden author.

Specialisation: Urban planting

design, naturalistic planting design, sustainable

and ecological gardens.


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Ervin, Stephen; Prof. Dr.

Professional Experience: Director of Computer

Resources and Assistant Dean for Information

Technology at the Harvard University Design


Lecturer in the Department of Landscape


Specialization: Design, Computing, Media and

Technology, Landscape Modeling, Landscape



Herman, Robert; Prof.

Horticulture: B.S. University of Rhode Island

Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor -

Radcliffe College Graduate Program in

Landscape Design, University of Massachusetts

Plant and Soil Science Dept., Naugatuck Valley

College Horticulture Program;

Adult Education Coordinator & Japanese Garden

Curator - Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis,


Chief Horticulturist - Countess von Zeppelin

Nursery, Laufen, Germany; Director of

Horticulture - White Flower Farm, Litchfield, CT;

Consultant/Designer - Garden Designs, Warren,


Owner/Consultant - Uncommon Plants, New

Hartford, CT;

Fields of Specialization: Plant identification,

selection and use in the landscape; plant

selection, design and growing media for green



Jessel, Beate; Prof. Dr.

Technische Universität München

Specialisation: Lehrstuhl für

Strategie und Management der


Lindhult, Marc; Prof. – FASLA Landscape


Professional Experience: MLA Program Director

Amherst, University of Massachusetts.Contact:

Michel, Jörg; Dipl.-Ing.

Education: Dipl.-Ing. University of Technology

Dresden, MLA-University of Guelph;

Professional Experience: Bappert+Wenzel,


Thomanek+Duquesnoy, Janet


Büro Kiefer,

Landscape Architects Rainer Schmidt München-


Teacher assistant at MLA Program of Anhalt

University of Applied Sciences

Specialization: Landscape Design, Urban Design

and Construction Management


Möller, Joachim; Dipl.-Ing.

Landscape Architect;

Specialization: Communication and Meditation.


Nicholson, John; Prof.

Education: BA in Economics University of


MA of Urban Planning University of Kansas;

Professional Experience: Assistant and Associate

Professor, Dept. Of Landscape Architecture and

Environmental Planning, Utah State University,

Wasatch Front Regiona Council, City-Country

Planning Department, Casper,

Specialization: Urban and Regional Planning,

Computer Applications in Landscape

Architecture, Architectural Design.


Nimmo, Julie

Education: Master of Landscape Architecture

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Master of

Planning University of Technology Sydney

Professional Experience: Research Planner

Sutherland Shire Council,

Strategic Planner, Sutherland Shire Council.

Paar, Philip

Zuse-Institut Berlin (

Department of Visualization and Data Analysis,

Lenné3D GmbH

Contact :

Palmer, James; Prof. Dr.

Education: BA, University of California, MLA,

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts.

Professional Experience:

Senior Research Associate,

The Environmental Institute, University of

Massachusetts, Amherst, MA;

Associate Social Scientist and Resource Planner,

Carlozzi, Sinto & Vilkilis, Inc., Pelham, MA;

College Planner, Kresge College, University of

California at Santa Cruz.

Specialization: Community Perceptions of local

environmental methods,

Visual Landscape Assessment, Environment and

Behavior Research Methods,

Communication and Interpretation of Planning

and Design information, and environmental

conflict resolution.


Petschek, Peter; Prof.

Hochschule Rapperswil,

Specialization: Computer Application in

Landscape Architecture,

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Visualization, Communication and Landscape



Rekittke, Jörg; Dr.

RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of

Architecture, Department of Urban Design and

Regional Planning

Specialisation: 3D-Modelling


Pietsch, Matthias

Education: MAS (GIS), University of Salzburg;

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Hochschule Anhalt (FH)

Professional Experience: Research Assistent at

Hochschule Anhalt (FH)

Research Assistent at Prof. Hellriegel Institut

e.V., Bernburg

Landscape Architect at ATELIER BERNBURG,

Bernburg, Planungsgruppe

Ökologie + Umwelt, Stuttgart, GPV mbH, Leipzig

Specialization: GIS Application in Environmental



Schmid, Arno; Prof.

Education: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Weihenstephan,

Honorary Professor Ministry of Culture Baden-

Württemberg, Stuttgart,

Professional Experience: President of the

“Bundesarchitektenkammer” in Germany since

December 2004

IFLA International Liaison Representative

Past BDLA President

Past Director IBA Emscher Park,

Past IFLA President,

President German Federal Architectural Board

Landscape Architect Leonberg; Partner Schmid &


Resident Landscape Architect, New Providence

Dev.Co,. Nassau, Bahamas,


Stilgenbauer, Prof. Judith

Education: 1996 Dipl.-Ing.

Landschaftsarchitektur, Techn. Univ. of Munich

1998 MLA, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Prof. Practice: 1998-2000 Assistant to Prof.

Valentien at Techn. Univ. of Munich

2000-2003 office and project manager Rainer

Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten Munich, licensed

landscape architect in Germany

Since 2003 Assistant Professor at University of

California, Berkeley


Tobias, Kai; Prof. Dr. – University

Kaiserslautern, BDLA-Fachsprecher


Specialization: Landscape Planning, Landscape



Warren-Kretzschmar, Barty; Prof.

Education: 1980 Dipl.-Ing. Cornell University,

Ithaca, New-York

Professional Experience:

Research and teaching, University of Hannover

Doctoral Research,

Implementation and Development Project:

Interactive Landscape Plan in Königslutter am


Since 2006 Guest Professor at Anhalt University

of Applied Sciences


Weilacher, Udo; Prof. Dr.

Education: 1986 Dipl.-Ing. Techn. Univ. of


1988 MLA Univ. of California,

2000 Dr-Ing. ETH-Zürich. Prof. Practice:

1994-1997 Research Assistant of Prof. Kienast at

Univ. Karlsruhe,

1998-2002 Research Assistant of Prof. Kienast at

ETH Zürich,

since 2002 Univ. Professor for Landscape Design

at University of Hannover,

Since 2006 Dean Department Architecture and

Landscape architecture of University Hannover


Staff, Fall Semester 2006:

Geyer, Falko

Student TA


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1.4. Faculty Participation in Areas

of Study and Research

Listed below are the study areas in which

faculty would prefer to serve as major

professors and committee members.

Faculty experience and fields of

specialization can be found at the beginning

of this document. Please contact individual

faculty to discuss additional areas of interest

and expertise.

New Technologies in Landscape


Prof. Erich Buhmann

Prof. Einar Kretzler

Prof. Dr. Claus Dießenbacher (Dept. 3)

Prof. Stephan Pinkau (Dept. 3)

Environmental Planning and Ecology

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

Barty Warren-Kretzschmar

(Guest Professor)

Prof. Dr. Birgit Felinks

Prof. Horst Lange

Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter

Prof. Dr. Kai Tobias

(Visiting instructor)

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kircher

Landscape Design

Anemone Beck –Koh

(Guest Professor)

Prof. Reiner Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Fischer-Leonhard

Prof. Dr. Andrea Haase (Dept. 3)

Architect Tancredi Capatti

(Visiting instructor)

You may also contact your Academic

Advisor about contacts to other faculty

members of Anhalt University or to our vast

number of professional partners.

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1.5. Quality Assurance

Anhalt University and the schools the

university is built on have always been

orientated to the needs of their clients: the

individual student. Each student has a

voice. Students often get appointments with

deans and presidents more easily than the

instructors do! The vote and influence of the

student government is also very strong. In

order to constantly improve the quality of the

MLA program, we have initiated the

following measures.

• MLA Advisory Board (since 1998)

• Course evaluation

• Comments & Complaints Box

• Accreditation through ZeVA (2003-


• Alumni contact forum

Accreditation ZEvA 2006

The MLA program of Anhalt University was

the first program which had been evaluated

by an external agency according to the new

European standard of higher education.

The MLA degree was being evaluated to be:

Accredited to European standards of a two

year Master program, which would

implement the general acceptance at

university level to qualify for a doctoral


Accredited for the entry level of “Höherer

Dienst” in German public service, the

highest of three levels for leading positions,

like university teachers or judges.

One member of the visiting peer group was

from the Accreditation Board of the

American Society of Landscape Architect

(ASLA). The evaluation of this American

member of the board is of great additional

importance for our international recognition.

Next step may be the accreditation

according to the ASLA standarts.

Alumni Contact forum

We are establishing an alumni contact forum

on our webpage in order to in cooperate the

exchange with our alumni in our program


Alumni are invited to join the annual MLA

conference at the end of May in Dessau.

Course Evaluation

The MLA student is asked to fill-out each

course questionnaire (see PART FIVE).

The result of this evaluation is used for

further improvement of our program.

Comments and Complaints Box

Please do not hesitate to immediately voice

your complaints or to state your suggestions

for improvement. The comments and

complaints box is located just outside the

MLA office.

1.6. Program Description of the

Master of Landscape Architecture

Program (MLA)

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„Landscape Architecture is the discipline

concerned with mankind’s conscious

shaping of his external environment. It

involves planning, design and management

of landscape to create, maintain, protect,

and enhance places so as to be both,

functional, beautiful and sustainable… and

appropriate to diverse human and ecological

needs. The multifaceted nature of the

landscape and mankind’s interaction with it,

means that the subject area is one of

unusual breadth, drawing and integrating

concepts and approaches, not just from the

two sides of the traditional divide between

creative arts and the natural sciences, but

incorporating many aspects of the

humanities and technology as well”.

Quote: European Council of Landscape Architecture

Schools, published in Le Notre: Thematic Network

Project in Landscape Architecture, Handbook 2002-

2003, p.81

Landscape Architecture is an ambitious

profession focusing on the physical beauty

and sustainability of our environment.

Landscape architects therefore need to be

trained in a variety of design, planning,

construction and process management

skills. The alteration of the physical

environment has been a product of human

activity since the earliest times of human


Establishment of the Program

Since 1999, the Landscape Architecture

Program at Anhalt University has been

educating international students from all

over the world to become practitioners and

teachers, designers and planners,

advocates and policy makers, who will

devote their careers to the viable,

sustainable integration of natural and

cultural communities.

Given the worldwide globalization and

internationalization in research and

business, it is of utmost importance to create

a variety of university degrees which will

meet an international standard.

The new English language MLA Program is

offered to meet the international demand for

globally competitive professionals with

1.7. Prerequisites and Admission


practice-oriented education and focuses in

two main areas:

1. International exposure to German

landscape architecture within a

European context

2. Application of new technologies in

landscape architecture.

The English language Master Program at

Anhalt University was established in 1999

and is unique in Germany because of its

orientation towards international education.

Both the German language undergraduate

and English language graduate Program at

Anhalt University in Bernburg are very

distinctive programs within the approx. 20

landscape architecture programs in

Germany. The permanent faculty is

supported by over 20 visiting instructors.

Faculty interests range from plant materials

and construction to regional planning, from

ecological planning to urban design and

from theoretical, issues to historic

preservation. We all strongly emphasis use

and research of new computer technologies.

English-speaking internships, preferably in

European countries, are an integral part of

the educational program to further both

knowledge of professional life and relevance

to the profession. The program also places

strong emphasis on the improvement of

social skills, and the ability to conduct

professional presentations and discussions.

Integration of guest professors of

internationally renowned universities

teaching in the program contributes to and

secures the necessary scientific depth of the

Master Program.

Emphasis on scientific research and

development also concerns the second area

of focus, the application of new technologies

in the landscape professional context.

Following is a list of criteria that motivated

and were decisive for the current MLA

Program students in choosing Anhalt

University for their studies.

Students seeking admission to the MLA

Program may apply to enter based on

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education and experience. Admission


Students must document their proficiency of

written and spoken English unless their

previous university degree is from an

English-language program.

EFLA (European Federation of Landscape

Architects) Education Policy Document.

Special arrangement for academic fees are

offered to conversion students.

Among the list of courses are:

Admission can be granted according to

three different conditions.

Group A:

The most typical condition for admission is a

completed course of study at a university in

Germany or abroad with a Bachelor degree in

landscape architecture. Those with

undergraduate degrees in landscape

architecture seeking specialization within the

profession, advanced exploration or an

academic career.

These applicants must submit resume,

official university transcripts, and portfolio.

Group B:

Furthermore, applicants with an international

Bachelor degree in architecture or city planning

can be admitted. Others with degrees in

related fields such as architecture, city and

regional planning, and environmental design

entering the program to broaden or redirect

their design and planning skills. These

students without a first degree in landscape

architecture must take additional two on-line

introduction Modules. The first focusing on

landscape planning, the second on

landscape design. Each of the MLA on-line

Modules is divided into 3 courses with each

2 credits according to ECTS. These MLA

on-line courses are offered the summer

before the first semester. The current rate

for this total of 12 credits of additional LA

introduction courses are € 600 (€ 50/ECTS


Group C - MLA conversion:

As an exception, other applicants with

degrees in related programs such as

agriculture or horticulture can be admitted.

In such cases, students are required to first

finish an additional year of study (60 credit

points in the European Credit Transfer

System ETCS) with courses complementary

to their previous studies, and in accordance

with the course requirements listed in the

Landscape Design and Planning

Design and Planning Theory

Design and Planning Skills

Man, Society, and Environment

Landscape History and Theory

History of Fine Arts, History of Architecture,

Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture

Principles and Rules of Government

Natural and Functional Aspects of



Land Use Types and their Functional


Techniques and Management

Data Processing Techniques

Landscape Construction and Engineering

Project Management

A summer semester with short period of

compact studies (20 May – 10 June / 1-30

September) is offering a total of 30 credits

ECTS in introduction to Landscape

architecture is designed to serve a

“conversation semester” for the students

with related backgrounds. If necessary

additional LA introduction courses will be

arranged for the candidates.

A minimum of one year of work experience

is required to enter this postgraduate


The departmental advisory committee

(“Fachbereichsrat”) asks an admission

committee to judge the student’s

qualification for admission based on the

documents submitted by the applicant.

1.8. Areas of Study The landscape architecture graduate

program provides a well-balanced

curriculum in landscape architectural design

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and planning, coupled with opportunities to

pursue an individualized advanced study of

broad range of topics. We emphasize

management skills as well as research and

design focus and specialization in the use of

New Media in landscape architecture.

Environmental Planning and Ecology

Landscape Planning is the focus of the first

MLA semester in the fall. The purpose of

this area of study is to address a range of

practical applications in landscape and

urban ecology as they relate to the practice

of landscape architecture. In this

contemporary interdisciplinary approach

students learn about the structure,

heterogeneity and ecological processes of a

broad range of natural, modified and urban

landscapes. People are recognized as an

integral part of the landscape and are

included as a major focus of research and


Students will have an opportunity to develop

a theoretical and analytical framework for

describing different landscapes and their

ecological components of different levels:

the individual organism perspective, a

population and community point of view, and

ultimately at the ecosystem level.

Landscape planning looks at an integration

of landscape elements; disturbance,

fragmentation; landscape manipulation;

fundamental ecological processes;

compositions and structure; environmental

influences. Urban ecology includes

integration of climatology; geomorphology

and soils; hydrology; plant and animal

communities; ecological engineering and

restoration. Both landscape and urban

ecology are effected by human landscape

perceptions, attitudes toward the

environment or landscape types and

patterns of settlement, and socio-economic

issues and behavior.

All these elements will be used to develop

an understanding of the ecological essence

of landscapes in order to design ecologically

sustainable settlements that promote human

quality of life.

There are growing opportunities to address

landscape and urban ecology issues in

academic, public and private practice.

Graduates might be involved in research

and consultancy in ecological design, and

urban planning. Employment opportunities

for landscape architecture focusing on

landscape planning are found in public

agencies and private offices.

Landscape and Design

Landscape Design is the focus of the

second MLA semester in spring. The

purpose of this area of study is to address

design, planning and research with regard to

human settlements including: research and

concepts for “Shrinking Cities” traditional

communities such as cities, towns, hamlets,

and their hinterlands: and more traditional

issues of specialized communities such as

institutional and corporate campuses, cohousing

and new towns, as well

The studio, seminars and lecture courses

provide introductory and advanced

exploration into the theories, principles and

practices of design, planning, preservation,

and revitalization, as well as the search for

new paradigms. The courses are supported

by a wide range of electives in the

department at Anhalt University of Applied

Sciences. Related courses offered in the

graduate program of Architecture will be

added as electives.

This area of study is especially appropriate

in an era which calls for (1) the redefinition

of the city, (2) the conservation and

rejuvenation of rural and regional

landscapes, and (3) the exploration of

traditional and new design paradigms to

create sustainable symbiosis of community

and place. The courses explore how to

design and plan socially interactive,

environmentally sound, aesthetically

pleasing settlement pattern that engenders a

strong sense of place and a strong sense of


There are abundant opportunities for

careers in urban design, city and regional

planning and corporate facilities planning.

This focus is for graduate students

interested in design, planning and research

at the community scale in public, private,

academic or nontraditional practice.

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New Technologies in Landscape

Architecture, and Research


Besides focusing on two scales: Landscape

Planning and Landscape Design we place

strong emphasis in exploring the use of new

technologies in landscape architecture. We

are continuously up grading our computer

facilities, and try to apply new

communication tools like video

conferencing, E-Learning and use of Virtual

Reality (VR) environments. This areas aids

both planning and design. Graduate

students with good knowledge in the

classical skills who are focusing on

complimenting them with new technological

tools will have extremely good professional


practice of landscape architecture, and

encourage the use of these technologies by

students. Advanced students may choose

to specialize in the application and

integration of computer technologies as part

of their final integrative experience.

Students in the graduate program in

landscape architecture have also an

excellent opportunity to draw upon the

extensive faculty expertise in ecology,

natural sciences, resources management

and many other environmental disciplines.

Add to this the resources available through

other academic programs like architecture,

design, nature conservancy and civil


Major areas of recent research activity

include GIS-use in landscape planning,

visual simulation and city planning.

Experimenting with virtual worlds in

landscape architecture and E-Learning in

Research is an important aspect of the

graduate experience in landscape

architecture. Students may participate in the

funded studies directed by individual faculty,

or in specific studies of their own design.

Furthermore, many community service

projects are handled in the context of the

design studio, bringing real world problems

into the studio learning experience. In this

way, the on-going efforts of students and

faculty expand professional knowledge on

skill, while providing a challenging academic

environment for the students.

The faculty teaching in landscape

architecture believes that computers,

internet and video technologies are very

important to the future of the profession.

They are committed to exploring the

application of digital technologies in the

landscape architecture are new areas of

research at the MLA program.

Graduate students may take advantage of

extensive opportunities to conduct research

or do internships in Germany or abroad.

Our studies are conducted mostly

cooperatively with international partners

such as Harvard University, State University

of New York Syracuse SUNY, University of

Massachussetts, at Amherst, Wageningen

University or University of Malta.

At Anhalt University graduate studies in

landscape architecture are strongly

supported by computer aided visualization

technologies, including: computer-aided

design (CAD) and graphics, Geographic

Information Systems (GIS), image

processing, desktop publishing (DTP),

multimedia and video/digital presentation

technologies, Virtual Reality Environments

(VR), and other analytical systems.

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1.9. Sequence of Courses

Following are 3 tables of the course

structure in relationship to the European

Credit Point Transfer System (ECTS). First

you find the general schedule of the

Academic Year of the MLA Program. This

Schedule indicates the annual events,

especially the deadline of registration and

the defense presentation weeks then the

second year is meeting the first year. The

next table contains all standard courses.

First and second semesters in residence

follow the same structure, with a general

course load of 30 ECTS Credit Points. Each

semester is divided into three modules of six

weeks each. Each module is organized in

the rhythm of three six weeks period adding

to an 18 weeks teaching period on each

semester. Before each teaching period

thesis presentations are scheduled. Each

teaching period finishes with the first

semester by studio presentation and some

final assignments. Those courses are given

compact within this 6 weeks periods

followed immediately by an exam. The third

table list of the courses names of

instructions and type of exam. The studio

modules must be taken in sequence as

required courses. In addition to such

modularization, a classical course catalogue

is also kept to guarantee transparency in the

transfer of student credit. Field trips are a

fundamental part of all studios and many

other courses offered.

MLA Thesis, the Final Integrative


The MLA student must complete a thesis

(30 credit points). The thesis may be a

combination of research in which new,

original knowledge is generated or it may be

a study that focuses on the application of

existing knowledge to a new situation. The

MLA student must participate in the thesis

seminar during the first two semesters of the

program. MLA students must disseminate

the result of their integrative studies through

thesis seminar.

In concert with specific program

requirements, each student should be aware

of the college requirements for all master

degree students to complete am minimum of

120 credit points according to the European

Credit Point Transfer System (ECTS).

Evaluation of performance and conveying of

ECTS Credit Points is based on the basic

framework rules (“Rahmengrundsätze”) laid

down and recommended in the European

Credit Transfer System, ECTS. These credit

points constitute the basis for graduating

from the Program. The Program is finished

with submission and review of the Master

Thesis and its oral defense.

CP (credit points)

2 studios 6 credit points each

(2x 2 modules) 24 credits points

4 required modules 6 credit points each

24 credit points

2 elective modules 6 credit points each

24 credit points


1 professional internship 24 credit points

or 3rd studio

1 independent 6 credit points

Studio project

1 thesis 30 credit points

120 credit points

Each credit point requires 30 hours of

guided and individual student work. In order

to manage this work load of 120 x 30 hours

(equal to 3.600 hours of work, or 90 weeks

with a weekly workload of 40 hours over the

period of 2 years without many days off) the

graduate student needs to be very focused

in order to finish within two academic years.

In general, more electives are offered during

each module than necessary to obtain the

minimum required 30 Credit Points each


During the end of first and second semester

students have to see the program director

for academic advice on planning of their


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Sample for Sequences of Modules and Courses

Summer MLA online Introduction Courses

Additional Required courses for „Non BLA“

Credit Points ECTS

I1 Introduction Module Landscape Planning

− Landscape Planning 2

− GIS for Landscape Architects 2

− Plants in European Landscape Architecture 2

I2 Introduction Module Landscape Design

− History of European Gardens and Landscapes 2

− Site Design and Construction 2

− CAD for Landscape Architects 2

First Semester

0. Orientation Seminar -


Studio Project “Landscape Planning”

R1 Studio “Path of Development” 6

R2 Studio “Conceptional Development” 6

R5 Landscape Planning

− Environmental Planning 3

− Seminar European Practice in Landscape Planning 3

R6 Research and Methods in Landscape Architecture

− Research Methods and Planning Theory 3

− Spatial Planning and Urbanism 3


E1 Environmental Planning Issues

− European Environmental Law 3

− Advanced Digital Presentation Techniques in Planning 3

E3 Management in Landscape Architecture

− Professional Office Practice and Management 3

− Rhetoric and Communication 3

Second Semester


Studio Project 2 “Landscape Design”

R3 Studio “Urban Fabric” 6

R4 Studio “Visualization and communication” 6

R7 Landscape Design

− Landscape Design 3

− Seminar European Practice in Landscape Design 3

R8 Landscape Design Practice

− Sustainable Design 3

− Planting Design 3


E2 Design Presentation

− Graphic Design and Presentation 3

− Advanced Digital Presentation Techniques in Design 3

E4 Landscape Architecture Practice

− Special Problems in Landscape Architecture 3

− Current Themes in Landscape Architecture 3

Third Semester

R9 Independent Studio Project 6

R10 Internship 18 weeks (proposal, seminar, reports, oral exam) / option 3 rd studio 24

Fourth Semester

Thesis Proposal Seminar, Thesis Seminar, Thesis, Colloquium 30

Total 120

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General Schedule for Academic Year of MLA Program







Last week



First week


Last week




Second Weekend


Application dead line for 1st semester

Begin of MLA Online Introduction

Courses for applicants with architecture


Begin of Orientation Seminar for first year

MLA students

Begin of lectures for 1st semester,

Welcome by Dean

Friday: Welcome Party

Cloister Christmas Festival


Presentation of Thesis

Internship / Independent studio

Ex-matriculation celebration

Re-registration for spring



Studio presentation 1st semester


Monday last week Presentation of Thesis /

Internship / Independent Studio

End last week and first Excursion(s) for second semester

week April



Second week

Begin of lectures for 2nd semester


Last week MLA Conference Alumni meeting

Advisory Board meeting

Begin Conversation Classes for

applicants with related disciplines



Re-registration fall semester

3rd week, Wednesday Cloister Festival Bernburg



Final studio presentation 2nd semester and

final excursion

Weekly Schedule Monday, 19:00 : “MLA STAMMTISCH” at Amadeus

during lecture period: Wednesday, 13:00 : Brown bag lunch

Last update: 1 Aug. 2006, EB – Public holidays are effecting this schedule in some years

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1.10. Academic Performance,

Credit Hour Load, Transfer Credit,

Time Limit, etc.

Academic Performance

Each student in danger of being failed in one

course will be given the opportunity to

appeal this action based on any

extraordinary conditions which may have

contributed to the unsatisfactory

performance. This appeal must be made in

writing and submitted to the MLA Program

Director. Each appeal will be reviewed by

the involved Faculty. The Program Director

will take final action and inform each student

in writing.

Students who have been failed or are not

satisfied with their grades can protest in

writing to the head of Examination Board.

The steering committee for exams of the

department will decide on the complaints.

Credit Hours Load

To meet academic requirements, graduate

students must be registered each semester

and take at least one course each semester.

Failure to register for each semester will

result in the student being withdrawn from

graduate study and, if the student wishes to

return in the future, a new application must

be filed and reviewed prior to re-admission.

There is no full-time credit hour load to meet

academic requirements.

Master’s students who have met all

academic requirements except for their

thesis requirement will be considered fulltime

students if they are registered, and

have their major professor verify in writing

they are working full time on the completion

of degree requirements.

Based on the advice of the Academic

Advisor or the Major Professor the student

should select courses. They are always

advised to take the studio and the required

courses offered each semester. The MLA

student has to be registered for each course

he or she is to take by signing on the

registration list for each course posted in

front of the MLA office.

Dropping or Adding Courses

Students may add courses with the approval

of both their academic advisor and the

course instructor and may drop courses with

their major professor’s approval and

notification to the course instructor. They

must use the appropriate drop/add form until

the last day for program adjustments as

listed in the Anhalt University MLA calendar.

Courses dropped during this time will not

appear on the student’s transcript. Courses

that begin after the published add date may

be added prior to the start of the course.

Courses that last for less than one semester

may be dropped no later than halfway

through the course. In either case, the

student must submit a completed add/drop


Transfer Credit

Up to twelve credits according to ECTS

(European Credit Transfer System) of

graduate coursework in which a minimum

grade of “B” was earned from an accredited

institution and not used to complete another

degree may be accepted towards

completion of a master’s degree as

approved by the academic advisor and the

Examination Board (“Prüfungsausschuss”).

Time Limit, Re-Registration, Leave of


The Program is designed for a two years

intensive period of studies.

Graduate students need to complete all

requirements for the Master of Landscape

Architecture within four years, of the first

date of matriculation otherwise they will be

withdrawn automatically from graduate

study. The student must register for the

next semester by the end of each semester.

Students failing to re-register for next

semester in time will be dropped

automatically. See INFORMATION ON RE-

REGISTRATION. Students who are not

able to join classes for a certain period have

to apply for leave of Absence (“Antrag auf

Beurlaubung”). Please be aware that you

must always Re-Register in time and in

case of absence, apply for “Beurlaubung”.

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Visa Extension

International students in need of visa

extension and for following year will be given

on request a letter of Academic Standing by

the Program Director.

You also need to proof your financial

standing toward the foreign office of the

county (Ausländerbehörde) for your annual

visa extension.

It is recommended to keep an address for

residency in Bernburg as long as you are

enrolled in the MLA Program.

Area of Study

The general area of study for each master

program student is interested is not implied

by the title of the program in which the

degree is awarded. Areas of study may be

established within degree programs by

individual faculty members that further

define the student’s area of specialization.

The student’s area of study is not listed on

the student’s grade record.

Internship during the third semester

The MLA Program offers an internship

option in the third semester. The MLA

student is advised to apply for native

English-speaking internship places within

the first semester. On request, the

Academic Advisor will write a letter of

recommendation according to the academic

standing. The Academic Advisor will also

help finding addresses of qualified firms to

apply to.

Communication Skills:

All students entering graduate programs at

Anhalt University are expected to be

proficient in communication skills, including

technical writing and library skills. Students

are expected to have completed at least one

course in technical writing and one course in

library usage, to improve presentation

techniques as an elective course.


Participation is vital to the student’s

graduate education. All graduate students

at Anhalt University are required to

participate in graduate seminars as follows:

European Practice Seminars: Each graduate

student is expected to participate in special

topic seminars and workshops, including

presentations, as determined by the

individual faculty with appropriate approval.

This requirement can be alternatively

fulfilled, by seminars and special issues

offered by various faculty members.

Thesis Seminar: Students completing the

master degree are required to attend the

thesis seminar. The purpose of the thesis

seminar is to provide an opportunity for the

graduate student to present technical

information to a critical body of professionals

and peers.

Standards for Thesis, and Internship


University wide standards for thesis and

reports are developed in consultation with

the various faculties. Please refer to part 5

“Instructions for Thesis and Reports”.

Academic Standing

For the extension of a visa, the school has

to state your academic standing. The term

„in good academic standing“ means that a

student is eligible or has been allowed to

register for and undertake academic

coursework at the university for the

semester in question. In some instances,

the university may define a student as being

„on academic probation“. The mechanism

of academic probation, including any

accompanying constraints upon a student’s

activities, is intended merely as an

educational device designed to encourage

greater effort on the part of students who are

having difficulty in meeting certain conditions

are not met, but a student on academic

probation is considered to be in good

academic standing. Any question

concerning whether or not an individual

student is in good academic standing will be

determined by the Program Director.

Academic Advisor and “Major Professor”

During the first semester, the Program

Director serves as Academic Advisor to all

new MLA Students. The student should

contact him regularly. During the second

semester, the MLA Program Director will

advice the MLA student on finding a first

examiner for the thesis, who is referred to as

“Major Professor”. The “Major Professor’s”

responsibility is to support thesis work.

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The “Major Professor” serves as head of the

thesis committee and will be one of the two

committee examiners. The “Major

Professor” must be a faculty member of

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. The

second examiner of the thesis committee

can be from outside the university.

However, he/she needs to have at least a

Master Degree.

By the end of the third semester, the MLA

student should have a thesis proposal

approved by the examiners and the

examination board.

Graduate Student Research


Students with associated professional

degrees may be considered for a graduate

research assistantship depending upon

qualifications and portfolio during the second

semester in residency. No student research

assistantship can be given before

outstanding completion of the first semester.

Students may apply for landscape

architecture graduate assistantships during

the end of the first semester.

A limited number of teaching assistantships

is awarded each year to qualified candidates

Student Complaints

Please use the informal brown bag lunch

with the MLA-faculty on Wednesdays at

13:00 before studio and the “International

Stammtisch” on Mondays at 19:00 to voice

your complaints.

Otherwise you can use the complaints box

in front of the MLA office. Written

statements do not have to be signed.

If you feel the MLA staff has not responded

to your complaints, please send your

complaints to the dean’s office.

Each critique from your side will help us to

improve the program.

So please do not hesitate to submit your


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1.11. Office Hours, MLA-Reference

Library, Studio Space, Computer

Use, MLA Building, Security,

Student Government etc.

MLA Office in Fall 2006

Daily Office Hours during lecture periods are

Wed, Thu 13:00 – 14:00

Friday 12:00 – 16:00

Contact of the MLA office:

Telephone: ++49 (0) 3471-355-1205

Fax: ++49 (0) 3471-9-1116


The tasks of the MLA administrative

assistant are as follows:

• assisting the students in finding a

first apartment

• helping in visa formalities

• distribution of plotter paper, refill

of cartridges, as well as

• correspondence with student

applicants and universities

• preparing


• administration of student files

and curriculum materials

The MLA Teaching assistant is Falko Geyer.

The MLA Computer Resources Assistant is

Christian Schultze.

Please be aware that both positions can be

only part-time for the small amount of MLA

students in residency. Therefore the time

available for each student is limited and

absolutely restricted to the office hours.

Technical problems have to be listed in the

problem sheet on the doors of the two

computer labs.

Students are advised to visit only during

office hours or after making an appointment.

For academic advice you need to speak with

the Program Director regularly during his

office hours.

Office Hours of MLA Program Director

Please sign up for academic advice each

Friday 14.00 – 18.00. Use the MLA office

or Prof. Erich Buhmann mobile email or

phone for appointments:


Examination Office, Dept. 1,

Verwaltungsgebäude, Campus

Strenzfeld, room 30

Office Hours are

Monday 9.30 – 11.00

Wednesday 9.30 – 11.00

Please contact Prof. Kaufmann via email:

Student Government

MLA Student speaker each year is electing

during the 3 rd week the study. A speaker of

both active years is in charge of

communicating with student government of

campus in Bernburg. Students of Dep. 1 and

Dep. 2, the student government in Bernburg

“Fachschaft” are meeting every Tuesday at

19:00 in Bernburg, Strenzfeld.

Information Platform

Although we are still using Email as the

main means of communication other than

lecture time, our intent is to use the as the virtual information

space. We will increase the use of webCT

for communication each semester.

MLA Reference Library

Room 007 hosts a reference library of basic

English books on landscape architecture.

Daily library hours during the teaching

period are:

13:00 – 14:00

Books may be borrowed only from Friday

13:00 – Monday 13:00

Please ask the MLA administrative assistant

or your program director if you need

additional reading time.

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All books need to be returned on Monday at

13:00. Students have to pay a deposit of 10

Euro for each book. They will not receive

diplomas before all books are returned or

the full price of replacement is paid. The

management of the reference library is done

by student assistants in the name of the

MLA Program Director.

Studio Space

Each MLA Student attending the studio has

to sign up for a desk in studio Room 1

downstairs (with university PC’s or Laptops)

or in studio Room 2 upstairs (only some

university PC’s, but with internet plugs for

individuals’ own laptops). Please get a

name tag from the MLA office and reserve a

desk, placing this name tag on a free table

on a first come first served basis. Thesis

students have no priority during the entire

teaching period (October 1 – February 15

and April 1 – July 15) in the studio rooms.

Thesis students will get desk assignments

outside the studio rooms during this period.

Desks in the PC-labs cannot be used for

personal use. Please be aware that GISpool

is also used for lectures in the

undergraduate program. Classroom

lectures always have priority. During

lectures you are asked to leave the GIS-pool

if you are taking this class.

Security and Keys

Each registered MLA student is advised to

rent a room key and a security chip for the

entrance door facing the city wall. There is

a 15 Euro deposit for each. The total of 30

Euro deposit is returned as soon as the key

and chip have been returned. The fee for

key usage will be collected with semester

academic fee. For renting a key and chip an

agreement has to be signed. The security

chip is needed in order to work after closing

time at 20:00 or during weekends and

holidays. Students will be instructed in

using the chip. The key opens the outside

door, the PC lab and the two studio rooms.

Before leaving, all doors must be locked,

computers shut down and windows



There are two telephones accessible to the

MLA students. The international numbers

are as follows:

GIS-Pool: +49-3471-355-3859

Studio 1: +49-3471-355-3860

You may receive international calls, but you

can only make internal calls (MLA Office -

1205, Christian Schultze - 3816, Prof.

Buhmann – 1116, Guest prof. – 3898, Prof.

Kaufmann - 1146, Dean 1100, etc.) or in

emergencies 0110. Other outgoing calls are

strictly prohibited!

Emergency Calls and Security

In case of emergency you can use the

phone in the PC lap us followed:

Police: 0 110#

Fire Department 0 112#

General Security Advice

Bernburg is generally a quiet town.

However there are known cases of petty

crime (bicycle, mobile phone, purse theft) so

watch your bicycle possessions.

Working outside regular teachings hours

(weekends, holidays) and especially at

night, exterior doors must be locked while

you are in the building. It is also advisable

not to walk alone through parks or the

city after dark.

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1.12. Rules and Instructions for

Computer Usage at the MLA


After showing proof of payment of the

academic fees for the semester (excursion,

copy card etc.) every student will get an

individual user name and password before

starting to use the MLA lab.

A wide variety of professional software in the

field of landscape architecture is available in

the computer pool of MLA Building.

Products from GIS, CAD, Imaging and

Presentation to Web tools are there to be


The GIS and the CAD instructor and his

student assistant will help you in answering

all computer related questions during the

related courses.

Please contact the administrator if you want

to have internet access for your private


File Structure on Server

Each student must save all his/her data on

the server and not on the local hard drive.

There is a well defined file structure and

very clear organisation of folders on the


The file structure should be divided into four


1) Individual folder

2) Projects folder

3) Student public folder

4) Teaching folder

Individual folders are only accessed by the

persons with their own password. Every

student will get sufficient server space so

that they can save data there.

Project folder is related to the studio work

where all the data related to studio can be


University computer storage is strictly limited

to academic data. All private data are

prohibited and will be deleted.

Students Folder

The Student Public folder is a place where

students can share folders with each other,

and where everyone can use the data.

Students are not permitted to delete any file

in this folder.

The teaching folder is the folder where

teachers of different subjects put teaching

materials for students (assignments,

literature, etc.).

Use of Plotter

Only A0 or A3 sheets purchased at the

MLA office are allowed to be used in the

MLA plotter. They need to be purchased


1 Sheet A0 3, 00 Euro

4 Sheet A3 2, 00 Euro

The cost per sheet includes the cost for the

ink, and is much lower then the price on the

Strenzfeld campus and about a quarter of

the professional price. All prints and plots for

your course work have to be paid for.

Because the cost for the ink is included in

the paper price, plots are only to be made

on MLA paper.

Test plots should be sized down to A3

format in order to save costs.

All lots have to be one sided. The plotter is

gloching up otherwise.

Students found using their own A4 paper

or printing double sided must pay a

penalty of 20 Euro to contribute to the

plotting budget and will be blocked for two

weeks from using the school’s computer


Note: A4 size paper is strictly forbidden on

the plotter. A4 paper can be purchased at

the MLA office for A4 size only printers.

Please plan your plotting time – we do

not have 24 hour, 7 day a week service!

Organizing your resources, material and

your plotting is part of your professional


MLA Student Handbook Fall 2006 - October 2006

Rules for Using Rooms and Computers

The use of MLA phones for outgoing

calls is not allowed. The phones are only

allowed for incoming calls and emergency

calls to the police. All the calls are registered

in computer resource center.

Internet in MLA Program is provided only

for academic purposes. Each and every

access of website is strictly monitored first

by the administrator and counter checked by

the main computer resource center.

The Internet may also not be used for

private telephone calls and private chatting

during studio, lecture and advising times.

Academic work and concentration of

students on their work should never be

effected by music and phone use.

Turn off your mobile phone or use the silent


You are not allowed to install any

software or move any hardware. These

are tasks strictly limited to the administrator.

Make sure your data or sticks or CDs are

not infected by any virus.

If you are not sure about a message by the

system, ask the administrator.

Every Friday at noon the rooms have to

be cleared of trash for the cleaning crew.

Please remove your personal material to

your individual drawers or your personal

bags, because everything else will be


Please do not touch the screens with your


No food or drinks are allowed in the

computer lab.

Please follow these rules so that the working

environment runs smoothly for all involved.

Failure to follow the rules will result in loss of

use of the computer lab and password


Close all windows and switch off the light

before you leave. All MLA students have a

key in order to close doors after leaving the

room. The students with the keys are

responsible for the lab in which they are

sitting; they cannot leave the room open if

no other student has the key. They have the

full right to ask the other students without

the key to leave the room so that they can

lock the room. Logout and shut down your

computer if you finished your work for the

safety of your login and to your personal


MLA Student Handbook Fall 2006 - October 2006

MLA Student Handbook Fall 2006 - October 2006

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