Landscape design is described as the design of areas; it consists of the results of interaction and action of human and/or natural-cultural factors, by bringing together science and art, and is associated with human psychology in the processes, both of their design and use. The main aim of this study is the identification of user preferences in urban landscape design studies, according to psychological developmental stages (age). Accordingly, this study aims to conduct a survey in the biggest district of Ankara, Cankaya, to reveal the preferences of each age group, with regard to the characteristics of hard and soft landscape elements. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.