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Elizabeth A Umbanhowar
L ARCH 300
Seattle Campus

Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio

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.

Class description

This course will introduce students to the profession of landscape architecture, presenting a cross section of tools, materials, methods, key concepts, history, practitioners, vocational opportunities and current trends. In particular, we will pay close attention to the historic and changing roles of landscape architects on issues of social space, place identity, public rights and advocacy, responsibilities and amenities, urban sustainability and public art. The course is structured as a "hands-on" problem-solving and learning workshop. Expect to be inside, outside, and upside down. Prepare to be challenged, to explore, to reflect and to collaborate. This class does not cover administration, legal or policy-making activities of the practice. In addition, this course will not only enhance your understanding and appreciation of a complex and interdisciplinary field, but help you make an informed decision about pursuing a degree and potentially a career in landscape architecture and prepare you to apply for the program.

Student learning goals

Broaden awareness and appreciation of the role of landscape architecture and how the practice affects the quality and experience of place

Enhance skills in design collaboration and independent exploration

Cultivate a multi-sensory vocabulary to ”see”, understand and discuss landscape/architecture and develop conceptual and spatial thinking

Introduce basic graphic competence and refine written and spoken communication skills

Experience the iterative and creative studio process and develop peer critique skills in design

Prepare for entry into the bachelors landscape architecture program

General method of instruction

Interactive, hands-on skill building exercises Collaborative and group projects Lecture and discussion Experiential and site visits

Recommended preparation

No previous experience is required. Prior art, architecture, or landscape architecture courses are helpful. Familiarity with studio format, computer design software and hand skills helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Readings and in-class discussions Hands-on exercises to build observation, drawing and creativity skills In-depth visual/graphic assignments and class presentations

Completion of 7 inquiries In-class exercises and discussion Participation in class field trips Final project


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth A Umbanhowar
Date: 10/09/2012