LAR 501 Introduction Design Studio
This studio is an introduction to landscape architectural design thinking processes and applications that include: site analysis, post-occupancy user studies, programming, site planning, elementary site grading, graphic representation (drawing, model making, digital graphics), verbal communication, and criticism and reflection.
LAR 502 Site Planning + Design Studio
Students learn strategies, principles, and methods for designing and evaluating resilient ways and means to fit an intensive development program on challenging, regionally specific sites. This design studio is integrally linked with LAR 527- Landform, Grading and Site Systems.
LAR 503 Design Development Studio
In this studio, students are immersed in site planning design refinement from conceptual schematic design through to the preparation of technical landscape architectural construction plans and details.
LAR 506 Design Build Studio
Design and construction implementation of sustainable construction practices for a low-impact landscape system installation that responds to degraded environmental conditions.
LAR 507 Advanced Topics Studio
This is a joint studio with architecture with advanced engagement, emphasizing research, development and application of experimental and best practices, on current and emerging landscape architectural topics. Some topics in the past have included Coastal Dynamics, City Design, and Urban Food Systems.
LAR 543 Performance + Metrics
Evidence-based design and landscape performance assessments are increasingly necessary to promote high-quality and sustainable design in landscape architecture projects. The purpose of this course is to expose students to landscape performance; including environmental, economic/ life cycle costs, operations and management, social, and aesthetic considerations. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of landscape performance with clients to meet their needs within regulatory frameworks. The course includes field investigations concepts, tools, and methods in practice, including setting performance goals of built work and collaborative production of a landscape performance assessment
LAR 517 GIS For Designers
This seminar offers an introduction to the methods and applications of geographic information systems and technology in landscape architecture. By the end of the course, students will apply GIS principles and technologies pertaining to modeling and analysis in two and three dimensions as an integral part of the creative design process.
LAR 527 Grading + Drainage
Students in this course apply theories, current and emerging technologies, and best professional practices required for grading and drainage processes used to reshape the earth’s surfaces, influence functionality, and water infiltration and runoff in Landscape architectural applications.
LAR 535 Social + Environmental Equity
This seminar will increase student awareness of principles of environmental justice and social equity in the context of landscape architecture, planning, and design. This seminar uses case studies, readings, in-class exercises, and community engagement to gain experience with democratic design techniques including participatory design and advocacy strategies.
LAR 520 Landscape + Culture
This course focuses on an integrative approach to human + natural systems, specifically the dynamic forces that act upon, alter, and give meaning to landscapes. The dynamics of ecological scale, function, structure, and human-ecosystem interaction will be examined through multiple methods, lectures, field trips, case studies, and theories that operate at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
Research + Methods
In this course, students interpret and evaluate the physical environment in relation to its social, political, economic, environmental, cultural and scientific contexts. Research and critical reflection are an integral part to achieve this learning outcome. They also assess the strength and weaknesses of various methodological approaches and field research techniques relevant to landscape architecture and apply various research tools systematically in a range of situations and places.