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In the summer of 2010, NCSU’s landscape architecture graduate students were given the opportunity to design and build Syme Residence Hall Rain Garden Project (LAR 582-004: 2010 Low Impact Stormwater Workshop,) which was funded through a NC State Office of the Provost Innovative Teaching Grant. They jumped at the chance, took the opportunity head-on, and helping begin the legacy of the Design/Build studio at NCSU’s Landscape Architecture department.

In the spring of 2011, students in the Master Planning and Site Selection class developed the primary stages of design investigation and production. After working closely with University Housing representatives, students developed various master-planning schemes.  University Housing and Department of Landscape Architecture staff collectively selected preferred design alternatives through a process of juried presentations and critical evaluation.

These design efforts resulted in the selection of the one specific project site slated for design development and construction activities during the 2011-2015 Design/Build courses, working on projects such as The Artist’s Backyard and Owen’s Refuge.

Please explore our site for more detailed information about each of the studio components.