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L ARCH 200 Landscape Architecture Field Trips (2) VLPA/I&S
Five field trips introduce typical landscape architecture projects and demonstrate scope of the landscape architecture field. Visits to major projects in the Puget Sound region include city and county parks, river parks, harbors, downtown redevelopments, streetscapes, campus headquarters, and others. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 212 Designing the Future (3) VLPA Johnson, Robertson
Investigates design perspectives and trends for the future. Explores the design of physical, social and ecological systems and examines design values. Surveys contemporary design and applies integrative and synthetic thinking towards designing the future. Offered: Sp.
L ARCH 300 Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio (6) VLPA
Introduction to history and environmental influences in field while developing design and graphic skills. Site analyses and drawing to convey design concepts. Relationship of visual perception to drawing, role of values in design, verbal communication, and behavioral analysis of design process. Required for admission to Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program.
Instructor Course Description: Iain M Robertson Elizabeth A Umbanhowar
L ARCH 301 Design Foundations Studio (6)
Introduces site planning and design process, principles, and skills through experiential learning. Examines and applies landscape elements used to design, including plants. Activities foster skill in design process, shaping landscape form and space, creativity, communication, group dynamics, and organization. Includes required fieldtrips. Majors only.
L ARCH 302 Urban Sites Studio (6)
Explores application of design ideas and principles to urban sites. Applies theory and research informing the design of human environments and lessons from urban and ecological design precedents to the design of urban places. Includes design across scales to detailed site design studies, including planting design. Majors only. Offered: W.
L ARCH 303 Ecological Systems Studio (6)
Project design studies related to ecological systems. Emphasizes the innovative use of ecological processes and patterns in design development to improve designed landscape's performance. Both biophysical and social criteria are used to define performance. Introduces computer-mapping applications. Majors only.
L ARCH 310 Landscape Architecture Field Sketching (2)
Introductory level sketching of landscape subjects: natural and urban sites, plants, animals, architectural elements. Emphasis on perspective. Various media, including pencil, charcoal, markers, ink wash, water color.
Instructor Course Description: Kristina Hill
L ARCH 311 Introduction to Design Graphics (2)
Introduction to communication techniques for various phases of the design process. Many techniques are introduced and their suitability and appropriateness for different purposes explored.
L ARCH 322 Introduction to Planting Design (3) VLPA
Traditional ways plants are used in landscape design. Composition and design characteristics of plant materials. Technical considerations for selection, climate, cultural suitability, availability, costs, and maintenance. Open to nonmajors.
Instructor Course Description: Iain M Robertson
L ARCH 323 Topics in Planting Design I (1)
Explores planting design topics that relate specifically to site, program, and design issues addressed in concurrent studio projects. Identifies and describes native and ornamental trees and shrubs on the UW campus and vicinity. Utilizes tree canopy layers, shrub masses, and ground plane layers as space forms in studio project designs. Concurrent with L ARCH 301.
L ARCH 324 Topics in Planting Design II (1)
Explores planting design topics that relate specifically to site, program, and design issues addressed in concurrent studio projects. Utilizes trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants as space forms in urban contexts. Utilizes plant characteristics of color, texture, and form in studio project design. Considers design principles of unity/diversity, complexity/simplicity, and pattern in studio project design. Concurrent with L ARCH 302.
L ARCH 325 Topics in Planting Design III (1)
Explores planting design topics that relate specifically to site, program, and design issues addressed in concurrent studio projects. Considers trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of natural and ecosystems human-made plant communities. Considers plant community dynamics and changes over time. Concurrent with L ARCH 303.
L ARCH 331 Landform Grading and Drainage (3)
Introduces the concepts and methods behind grading and drainage and how they are used as design and problem-solving tools. Covers the relationship between grading and drainage plan graphics and their actual three-dimensional applications. Presents basic design principles. Considers the ecological and artistic approaches to grading and drainage. Majors only. Offered: Sp.
L ARCH 332 Materials, Craft, and Construction (3)
Materials and structures in landscape construction. Design criteria and construction techniques for detail elements of landscape architecture. Working drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and procedures.
L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning (3)
Introduces urban ecological design issues for good site-planning processes, principles, and methods. Linked with L ARCH 301. Addresses planning for people, natural systems in place-making, design for movement with carried land uses. Includes readings, discussions, presentations, campus walks, case studies, graphic and written assignments.
L ARCH 361 The Human Experience of Place (3) VLPA/I&S
Interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the reciprocal relationship between people and the landscapes of everyday life. Through readings, discussion, in-class activities and mini-projects, students study place attachment, relationships to nature, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, territoriality, urban public space, diversity, participation, and the politics of space. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 362 Design of Cities (3) VLPA
Introduction to the discourses and debates in the contemporary design of cities. Provides an overview of design theories and examples of historic and contemporary work. Includes discussion of the contesting urban processes: visions and paradigms of city; discourses of nature and the city; contemporary urban changes; public and community process; and everyday place making.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou
L ARCH 363 Ecological Design and Planning (3) NW
Introduction to landscape ecological theory applied to urban environments. Comparison of different vocabularies used to describe landscape structure and function, from the fields of landscape design, urban design, and biology. Discussion of design theories that have sought to re-center landscape planning and design around the goal of achieving ecological sustainability.
Instructor Course Description: Kenneth P Yocom
L ARCH 401 Urban Recreation Design (1-6, max. 6) VLPA/I&S
Special studies in metropolitan, urban, and neighborhood recreation areas; the design, policies, and behavioral studies of existing parks, playgrounds, public places, and commercial areas. Design projects dealing with the play environment for all ages. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 402 Neighborhood Design Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Studio at neighborhood and site scales, mixed use. Incorporates urban design theory, precedents, neighborhood/project issues, and community clients. Skills in neighborhood and site analysis, programming. Designs are developed in groups and individually. Methods include readings, research, critiques, field studies, and graphic, written, and verbal presentations.
L ARCH 403 Cultural Landscape Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Studies of the landscape at various scales and in diversified contexts. Offers better understanding of visual components of landscapes, designer's capacity to evaluate and change these components, and resultant interaction with, and effect on, landscape user.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou
L ARCH 406 Individual Design Studio (6)
Senior projects in landscape architecture; projects vary according to the student's particular emphasis and needs.
L ARCH 411 Landscape Representation I (3)
Introduces fundamental graphic and representation conventions, hand-drawing techniques, and media used in landscape architecture and environmental design. Emphasizes drawing and media skills that support design ability development. Includes lectures, demonstrations, display of examples, drawing from slides, and in-class workshops. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 412 Landscape Representation II (2)
Development of advanced skills of visual representation to communicate students' visions for urban ecological design including techniques used during the design process and for presentation.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou Kristina Hill
L ARCH 423 Planting Design Studio (3)
Utilization of plants as design elements to manipulate space and modify the landscape for various activities and resolutions of site problems. Factors that determine the appropriate use and arrangement of plant materials in an urban context. Composition, plant selection, planting techniques, and maintenance requirements are major components of this class.
L ARCH 424 Advanced Planting Design Seminar (3)
Introduces and investigates the ecological and social functions behind planting design. Introduces conceptual methods to planting design using various 'lenses'. Discusses the relationship between planting plan graphics and their actual three-dimensional applications. Focuses on combining plants into a cohesive, artistic, and ecologically responsible design that responds appropriately to site conditions.
L ARCH 425 Advanced Planting Design Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Advanced seminar/studio in planting design. Provides opportunity to explore ecological, technical, and esthetic principles for selecting plants to meet specific site conditions. Project types include historical sites, multifamily housing projects, plazas, landfills, and reclamation sites.
L ARCH 432 Urban Soils and Hydrology (3)
Develops basic understanding and skills related to soil properties and their specification for use in horticulture and hydrological performance, and knowledge and skills needed by landscape architects to implement design solutions that manipulate urban hydrological conditions. Majors only. Prerequisite: L ARCH 331. Offered: W.
L ARCH 433 Design Implementation (3)
Provides an understanding of essential considerations of design implementation and construction documentation in landscape architecture. Emphasizes the landscape architect's skill in preparing drawings and specifications and their role during bidding and construction. Includes production of a construction drawing set.
L ARCH 440 Digital Media I in Landscape (1-3, max. 3) Spencer
Introduces digital applications and methodologies useful in landscape architectures' interpretive, iterative design, production, and presentation processes. Focuses on skills in 2D CAD, 3D visualization, graphic representation, and the integration of manual and digital techniques. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 441 Digital Media II in Landscape (3)
Explores Computer Aided Design as a powerful tool in landscape design, analysis, and visualization. Consists of four core units: 2D CAD drafting; digital terrain modeling; 3D solids and surface modeling; and visualization.
L ARCH 450 History of Environmental Design in the Pacific Northwest (3) VLPA
Development of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning in the Pacific Northwest from nineteenth century to the present, with major emphasis on twentieth century. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 451 History of Environmental Design on the West Coast (3) VLPA
Development of the environmental arts of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning from the eighteenth century to the present, with major emphasis on the twentieth century. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 454 History of Urban Landscapes and Environments (5)
Explores the history and historiography of urban landscapes and the design of cities with an emphasis on North America in the context of the broader study of cities in China, Japan, and in the Western world from the pre-classical through twentieth centuries in Europe. Offered: S.
L ARCH 463 Urban Recreational Design (3) VLPA/I&S
Special recreational studies in metropolitan, urban, and neighborhood areas; the design, policies, and behavioral studies of existing parks, playgrounds, public places, and commercial areas. Design projects dealing with the play environment for all ages. Open to nonmajors.
L ARCH 470 Landscape Architecture Tutorial (2, max. 6)
Various aspects of project organization, programming, scheduling of workloads, graphic and verbal communication problems, data collection methods and interpretation, methodologies for landscape planting and design.
L ARCH 473 Professional Practice (3)
Professional practice in private office, academic institutions, and public agencies. Evolution of landscape architecture as a profession, possible scenarios for future, variety of practice types and their relationships, ethical and legal/contractual responsibilities of a professional.
L ARCH 474 Advanced Design Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Detailed design studies of small-to-medium-scale projects. General focus on public landscape areas and social/psychological uses of site. Specific focus on design development and professional office presentation. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Iain M Robertson
L ARCH 475 Community Design/Build Studio (1-6, max. 6) Winterbottom
Students design and construct a community based project, synthesizing prior course instruction by going through the design process from concept to schematic design, creating construction documents, and implementing what they have designed. Offered: Sp.
L ARCH 476 Professional Operations (3-6, max. 6)
Practicum course for landscape architecture majors for internship and exposure to the profession with working experiences at various levels of professional endeavor. Student apprenticeship in selected private offices and public agencies. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 477 Landscape Architecture Consultancy Studio (3-6, max. 6)
Simulation of the professional relationship of the landscape architect as a consultant to University students in other design planning and management disciplines. Focus on site analysis, master planning, schematic designs and detailed design, working drawings, and planting plans associated with student projects.
L ARCH 481 Planning Urban Green Infrastructure Networks for Healthy Cities (5)
Explores the planning of green infrastructures to maximize ecosystems services and support more compact and livable communities. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 482 Designing High Performance Landscapes (5)
Looks at ways to design ' high performance landscapes' that integrate ecological realities and urban infrastructural needs while expressing an aesthetic of performance. From site analysis to final design, provides hands-on experience in creating green infrastructure assets in the urban environment. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 495 Landscape Architectural Studies Abroad (1-10, max. 30)
Studies conducted under faculty supervision in various locations outside the United States.
Instructor Course Description: Fredrick W. Wagner
L ARCH 498 Special Projects (1-10, max. 30)
Special projects as arranged. Open to nonmajors.
Instructor Course Description: Thaisa Way
L ARCH 499 Undergraduate Research (1-9, max. 9)
Individual or small-group studies pertaining to special problems, theories, or issues of landscape architecture and environmental issues.
L ARCH 501 Ecological Urbanism Studio I (1-6, max. 6) Rottle
Applies landscape ecological and urban design theory to multi-scalar urban environments. Focuses on the strategic design of urban green infrastructure, including pedestrian and active transport environments, green space and habitat, and integration with natural drainage systems. Credit/no-credit only.
L ARCH 503 Community Design Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Methods and techniques for developing physical design solutions and implementation strategies in neighborhoods and small communities. Social, economic, political, and individual forces affecting community development and growth. Comparison of several communities, identifying pertinent landscape issues, potential design solutions, and methods for achieving design goals through the political process.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou
L ARCH 504 Regional Landscape Planning (1-6, max. 6)
Application of landscape ecological theory to the design of urban environments. Focuses on the strategic design of urban infrastructure, including underground drainage systems, roads, parks, transit systems, and on understanding the cumulative performance of urban sites.
Instructor Course Description: Kristina Hill
L ARCH 505 Landscape Planning Studio (1-6, max. 6) Yocom
Examines the theory and techniques of landscape planning across a wide range of spatial scales and contexts in the design process. Explores the application of planning techniques and technologies by a specific design or planning project. Offered: A.
L ARCH 506 Landscape Visual Resources (1-6, max. 6)
Survey of existing theory/techniques and the generation of new methods to analyze, evaluate, plan, design, and manage the visual resources of the landscape.
L ARCH 507 Art and Landscape Studio (1-6, max. 6)
Public art placed in, or developed for, specific landscape settings. Various aspects and benefits of public art, including materials, technologies, philosophies of landscape imagery and meaning. General planning criteria for location for maximum public benefit and identification of objectives for a specific site and artwork.
L ARCH 511 Visual Learning (3)
Seminar/laboratory to develop visual learning processes and skills for applying these processes to landscape architecture. Related visualization concepts.
L ARCH 523 Landscape Technology (1-6, max. 6)
Studio on rehabilitation of stressed urban landscapes. Focus varies but often deals with an analysis of the potentials in urban watershed and the study of alternative site designs for enhancing a range of landscape functions related to water quality. Taught by an interdisciplinary team.
L ARCH 552 History of Landscape Architecture (5)
L ARCH 553 History of Modern Landscape Architecture (5)
Focuses on building an historic and critical overview of modernism and modernist designs in the practice and discipline of landscape architecture. Focuses on critical readings of historical narratives to explore the emergence of theory in practice.
Instructor Course Description: Thaisa Way Elizabeth A Umbanhowar
L ARCH 561 The Human Experience of Place (3) Manzo
Uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore the reciprocal relationship between people and the landscapes of everyday life. Studies place attachment, relationships to nature, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, territoriality, urban public space, diversity, participation, and the politics of space. Offered: A.
L ARCH 562 Landscape Art (2)
Process of developing and placing artwork in specific landscape settings. Types of artwork and landscape settings; ways for artist and site designer to interpret, alter, and incorporate factors of landscape; viewer's perception and experience; examples of public and private support.
L ARCH 563 Ecological Design and Planning (3) Yocom
Explores the contemporary theory supporting the practice of ecological design and planning. Examines the potential relationships between ecological theory and design applications, particularly in urban environments. Topics are supported by a diverse collection of examples and case studies. Offered: Sp.
L ARCH 564 Sustainable Urban Landscapes (2) Rottle
Introduces contemporary literature on urban sustainability and provides a forum for discussion about theories, applications, and practices towards the planning and design of sustainable and ecological urban environments. Offered: A.
L ARCH 570 Landscape Architecture Theory and Scholarship (3)
Covers the nature of scholarship and theory building in landscape architecture. Investigates scholarship related to the design process, design critique, research, and practice. Includes consideration of capstone project topics. Offered: W.
L ARCH 571 Landscape Architecture Research Methods (3)
Introduction to and exploration of selected research methods employed in landscape architecture research. Emphasizes how to apply research methods to a research question or problem. Includes exploration of data analysis and interpretation of research results.
L ARCH 590 Seminar in Landscape Architecture (1-3, max. 12)
Advanced topics in landscape architecture with focus on unpublished areas of research.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou
L ARCH 598 Special Topics (1-6, max. 9)
Systematic study of specialized regional landscape subject matter, including history, technology, implementation, and other topics depending on current interest/needs. Topics vary and are announced in the preceding quarter.
Instructor Course Description: Jeffrey Hou Thaisa Way
L ARCH 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
L ARCH 601 Internship (3-9, max. 9)
L ARCH 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
L ARCH 701 Thesis Studio (3-6, max. 6)
Studio designed to support students' independent thesis research and design process by providing a structured framework for regular meetings, studio reviews, peer/committee/guest critiques, and process reflections.
L ARCH 702 Capstone Project Studio (6) Way
Capstone group project studio. Offered: W.