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The Foundation Studio

Stephen Sears

Spring 2018 / MWF 2:00pm to 4:50pm
CRN 35305 (UG); 57634 (UG); 57633 (GR)

The Foundation Studio is an intensive course where students learn how to be designers. The studio is a unique environment to the University. It’s not just a course, it’s a place. It’s a kind of home base where students spend a semester focusing on a series of real-world projects.

Landscape architecture is a creative practice, and the Studio is a place where students are given the opportunity to apply their skills, like sketching, drafting, and model-making, to solve problems and develop design proposals. The Foundation Studio is a truly transformative experience. It promotes skill building in design and focuses on broadening students’ understanding about the built environment. New designers gain confidence by doing, by experimenting and making things.

The Studio projects help channel one’s creativity through a process that captures ideas through drawing. Projects start small and increase in scale and complexity. Students new to drawing will develop the production skills needed to move from hand drawing to computer renderings in a short 16-week period.

The Foundation Studio allows landscape architecture students to become visual thinkers, and more importantly to become critical thinkers who are able to articulate their own agenda. By the end of the term, students will understand the impact of landscape architecture in the built environment and are already equipped to take on any design challenge.

In this studio, students will develop site-scale design proposals for the public realm that respond to the dynamics and outcomes of human conflict in the built environment. The design process will be informed by gaining and applying knowledge about a range of issues: 1) the relationships between public space and public action; 2) the divisive nature of global issues like social equity, land tenure, economic disparity, cultural identity, political expression, court decisions, civil enforcement, legislative impact, food security, environmental action, among others; 3) the mechanisms for civic standards, perceptions, and the means of contemporary civil control.

The Foundation Studio is an intensive course where students learn how to be designers.

The studio is a unique environment for the university. It’s not just a course, it’s a place. It’s a kind of a home base where students spend a semester focusing on a series of real-world projects.

Landscape Architecture is a creative practice. And the studio is the place where students are given the opportunity to apply their skills like sketching and drafting, or model-making to solve problems that result in fully developed design proposals.

The Foundation Studio is a truly transformative experience. It promotes skill-building and design and focuses on broadening a student’s understanding of the built environment.

New designers gain confidence by doing, by experimenting, and making things. The studio projects help channel one’s creativity through a process that test ideas to drawing. Projects start small and increase in scale and complexity.

Students new to drawing will develop the production skills needed to move from hand drawing to computer renderings in a short 16-week period.

The Foundation Studio allows landscape architecture students to become visual thinkers and more importantly to become critical thinkers who are able to articulate their own agenda.

By the end of the term, students will understand the impact of landscape architecture in the built environment and are already equipped to take on any design challenge.