About this course
LA 233 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.
5 credit hours