Writtle University College's (WUC's) MA Landscape Architecture and Garden Design (LAGD) have returned from a short study tour to Valencia. The four-day trip took place in February 2020 and allowed students to explore the distinctive design influences found within Spain's third largest city.
Dr Saruhan Mosler said: "Study tours are an excellent way for students to build their understanding of international trends and to widen their own professional networks. We were delighted to visit Universitat Politecnica de Valencia's architecture school, in addition to meeting design professionals and visiting the region's famous parks."
The LAGD team toured Jardi del Turia, the 9km park snaking along the former route of the river Turia, and also analysed the Jardín de Las Hesperides, the Jardi Botanic, the Jardins del Real and Jardi de Montfort, and finally the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencies.
Further highlights included meeting Miguel del Rey and Juan Ignacio Fuster of Vam10 Arquitectura y Paisaje. Students then visited the region's unique Cathedral, La Seu de Valencia, which is famous for its diverse architectural influences, and the world's tallest opera house, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sophía.
WUC's MA Landscape Architecture and Garden Design aims to help students develop intellectual, communication and technical skills and tools essential for the profession. Graduates are expected to understand and design gardens and landscapes through social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sites, communities and regions. Study trips are one of the many ways lecturers promote an interdisciplinary platform of knowledge and understanding.