Courses: Fall 2017

ARCH 589: Ph.D. Colloquium

Prof. D. Fairchild Ruggles
Fall 2017 / T 5:00pm to 6:50pm
101 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 55659

Provides graduate students insight on the responsibilities and expectations of academic faculty. Core responsibilities—research, teaching and service—required of future faculty will be discussed, along with important resources and strategies to aid students in obtaining employment and plotting successful career paths. Approved for S/U grading only.

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LA 222: Islamic Gardens & Architecture

Prof. Heather E. Grossman
Fall 2017 / TR 3:30pm to 4:50pm
302 Architecture Building
CRN 69564

From the 7th century to the present, the Islamic world extended at various times from Spain, across northern Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans to Central and South Asia and Indonesia. The built environment is characterized by architecture centered around large open courtyards, often gardened, and a sophisticated system for organizing, irrigating, and cultivating the landscape. The themes for this course, which is both topical and historical, include the greening and settlement of the desert, the formation of an Islamic visual culture, the agricultural landscape, gardens of myth and memory, architectural and garden typology and symbolism, and architecture as a theater for political display.

Same as ARCH 222.

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LA 233: Site Design Studio

Prof. Stephen Sears
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm to 4:50pm
200 Mumford
CRN 30746

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles, techniques, opportunities, and constraints in the practical application of landscape architecture. The primary goal of this studio is to build design expertise and production skill sets within a professional practice context. Through the completion of a series of studio exercises, readings, and class discussions, students will develop a process-based approach to design.

Landscape architecture is a design discipline. This suggests that there is a method—or set of procedures—involved in its practice. Designers are critical thinkers who are inquisitive and creative by nature, and successful landscape architects are those who learn to be creative within certain constraints, such as those set by clients or those necessary to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare. The studio projects will be used as a way to engage such real-world challenges.

Design is collaborative—between professional disciplines, between client and designer, between communities and project teams—and, in an academic setting, individual effort clarifies performance for both the student and the evaluators. In this studio, students will construct progressive and logical arguments in order to establish individual working methods, to develop forms of expressions, and to explore ideas.

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LA 250: Environmental Site Analysis

Craig Reschke
Fall 2017 / TR 2:00pm-4:50pm
200 Mumford Hall
CRN 30751

Principles and practices of identifying, analyzing, and recording landscape resources. Prerequisite: GEOL 100, 101, or 103; or GEOG 103; or consent of instructor.  This course satisfies the UIUC General Education Criteria for Physical Sciences.

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LA 280: Design Communications I

Aneesha Dharwadker
Fall 2017 / MWF 12:00pm-1:50pm
200 Mumford Hall
CRN 30753

Fundamentals of visual communication for landscape architecture in the design process and presentation. Includes freehand and constructed drawing, color, media, and models. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in LA 233.

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LA 335: Community and Open Space Studio

Aneesha Dharwadker
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm-4:50pm
219 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30754

Development of design solutions at site and master plan scale relative to community, urban and open space problems; emphasizes development of analysis and design techniques to integrate physical context of place with social context. Field trip required. Additional fees may apply. Prerequisite: LA 234 or consent of instructor.

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LA 336: MLA Studio I

Craig Reschke
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm-4:50pm
325 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 67398  

Project design at various scales utilizing problems of a wide range of complexity and subject matter; rural, community, and urban problems, housing, recreation, and natural areas; emphasizes problem analysis and generation of innovative design alternatives. Students select from several sections depending on specific interests. 

Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule.

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LA 342: Site Engineering

Paul Littleton
Fall 2017 / TR 2:00pm-4:50pm
219 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30756

Principles of site engineering including landform design, stormwater management, site surveying, circulation systems, and site utility planning. Prerequisite: LA 241 and college trigonometry; or consent of instructor.

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LA 346: Professional Practice

Craig Reschke
Fall 2017 / W 5:00pm-6:20pm
325 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30759

Introduces modes of practice, career evolution, organizational theory, office procedures, project management, legal frameworks, and professional ethics. Information about licensure and professional organizations is also presented. Students develop a resumé, cover letter, and digital portfolio, and they meet with practicing landscape architects.

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LA 370: Environmental Sustainability

Prof. William Sullivan
Fall 2017 / TR 2:30pm-3:50pm
161 Noyes Laboratory
CRN 56709

This course explores the challenge of creating a sustainable world. We engage this topic by examining a) trends and conditions of the earth’s major ecosystems, b) ways in which our economic system has created levels of consumption that threaten sustainability, c) the extent to which equity and justice contribute to sustainable systems, and d) evidence demonstrating how human creativity and innovation can create a more sustainable world. Learning in this course grows from a series of readings, active participation in class discussion, and several short papers.

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LA 437: Regional Design Studio

Prof. Brian Deal
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm-4:50pm
219 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30763

Ecological design and planning studio emphasizing team approaches to design development and evaluation using current human and environmental research results. Projects require field work, analysis, problem-solving, and advanced design and presentation products. Prerequisite: LA 335 or consent of instructor.

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LA 452: Natural Precedent in Planting

Katherine Kraszewska
Fall 2017 / T 8:00am-8:50am; R: 8:00am-10:50am
325 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30768 (Undergraduate); 52420 (Graduate)

Biogeography; identification of native species, uses of native plants in the landscape; and restoration and planting design projects. Field trips required. Additional fees may apply. Prerequisite: HORT 302 or consent of instructor.

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LA 460: Heritage Management

Prof. Helaine Silverman
Fall 2017 / MWF: 4:00pm-4:50pm
329 Davenport Hall
CRN:  46903 (Undergraduate); 46904 (Graduate)

This course introduces students to the theoretical and practical issues of heritage management. The literature read and the discussions held provide training to students who will be confronting cultural heritage and social and environmental impact issues as museum curators, public and academic archaeologists, resource managers, and landscape architects. The course is organized primarily as a seminar focused on discussion of the readings.

Same as ANTH 460.

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LA 501: Landscape Architecture Theory and Practice

Prof. D. Fairchild Ruggles
Fall 2017 / R 12:30pm-1:50pm
305 Materials Science & Eng Building
CRN 30771

Seminar to introduce the discipline, profession, and practice of landscape architecture. Emphasis is on understanding the skills and knowledge base of the contemporary profession, including environmental, social, and historical factors in design.

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LA 537: MLA Studio II

Katherine Kraszewska
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm-4:50pm
327 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 30775

Landscape architecture comprises a set of concepts and practices that engender productive and expressive environments. It is both a profession and a discipline—that is, both a set of regulated services and a particular methodology/body of knowledge about the world. The core design sequence of the MLA program at the University of Illinois introduces students to the basic tools and processes that help them gain requisite knowledge and master the practices of landscape architecture.
  
This ecological design and site planning studio utlizes problems having a wide range of complexity and subject matter, such as housing, recreation, and natural areas in rural, community, and urban contexts. It emphasizes performance-based design that reflects evaluation and integration of new knowledge from social, cultural, and environmental research, and detailed investigation of design options.

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LA 537: MLA Studio III

Prof. Conor O'Shea
Fall 2017 / MWF 2:00pm-4:50pm
219 Temple Buell Hall
CRN 67397

This advanced level design studio in the graduate core sequence of the MLA program focuses on issues related to 21st-century urban conditions. The studio uses Chicago as a site for analysis and design and incorporates multiple site visits.

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