Courses

We offer a wide variety of courses and are receiving increasing recognition for our leadership in the use of innovative teaching methods in studio courses, research on emerging landscape design issues, and community-building services.

Our courses integrate the development of core design skills with our research, teaching and service focus on urban ecological design. Highlights include:

  • Culturally-based place making, through design build studio, cultural landscape, and community design studios
  • Ecological infrastructure through natural processes, ecological planning and design, and landscape technology studios
  • Design for ecological literacy in all coursework
  • Participatory design in advanced landscape architecture and interdisciplinary studios

The University of Washington Course Catalog provides a general description for our courses. See below for recent and current course lists.

2019 – 2020 Course Lists

2019 Autumn L Arch Course List & Other Courses of Interest

Courses for non-majors and special topics
Autumn 2019 

L ARCH 212 Designing the Future
MWF 10:00–11:20 | Keith Harris
3 credits, VLPA / I&S (SLN 16878)

How do landscape architects and other designers shape our cities, our lives, and our futures? Through fieldwork, hands-on activities, research, and discussion, this course explores innovative and interdisciplinary design thinking and practice that addresses critical human issues from the local to the global scale.

L ARCH 300 Intro Landscape Architecture Design Studio
MWF 1:30–5:20 | Kristi Park
6 credits, VLPA (SLN 16880)

This studio provides an introduction into the methods and practice of integrating landscape architectural design into urban environments. This is a heavily collaborative class in which students work closely with instructors and one another to discuss, observe, and design local environments.

L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning
TTh 10:30–11:50 | Jenn Engelke
3 credits, VLPA (SLN 16886)

“Site design and planning is the art and science shaping the places we live and work. Its aim is foundationally moral and aesthetic: to enhance everyday life. This course serves as an overview of the varied issues, scales, land uses, and contexts of site design and planning” from Kevin Lynch and Gary Hack, Site Planning, Third Edition.

L ARCH 352 History of Landscape Architecture
MW 12–1:20, F 11–12:20 | Maria Taylor
5 credits, VLPA / I&S + Writing (SLN 16887)

A critical and historical analysis of the breadth of landscape architecture as idea, art form, experience, place, and practice. How do we read designed landscape, particularly in an urban context? How has the design of landscape reflected ideas about nature, culture, and cities throughout history? How has the role of designer manifested in design of landscapes across cultures, places, and history?

L ARCH 498B Digital Fabrication in Landscape Architecture
T 6-8:50pm | Roark Congdon
3 credits (SLN 23239)

This class offers an introduction to digital design and manufacturing technologies for utilization at multiple scales, with an emphasis on developing appropriate machine coding strategies. Students utilize digital design software, digitally enhanced fabrication tools, as well as traditional, analog techniques.

2018 – 2019 Course Lists

2019 Summer L Arch Course List & Other Courses of Interest

2019 Spring L Arch Course List & Other Courses of Interest

2019 Winter L Arch Course List & Other Courses of Interest

2018 Autumn L Arch Course List & Other Courses of Interest