Design Prep Week + Orientation


As written in your acceptance letters, there will be a design preparation program (September 16–20) for all incoming BLA and MLA students.  This required course will cover hand drawing and digital media.  The fee covers instruction, facilities, and computer resources.

Download the PDF

Please respond to the following items by the dates indicated:


Please register and submit your USD payment online at by Friday, September 6th.

2. UW NetID
This is the “User Name” that you will use to log-on to the computers and access many programs at UW. Most of you already have your email addresses, but if you don’t yet have a UW NetID, please set this up before Friday September 6th.  You’ll need your student number and Private Access Code (found in your UW Welcome Packet), before logging on here: You can also call the Registration office at 206-543-8580.

Your UW email address is how we will primarily get in touch with you regarding any Department/Course information—be sure to check it regularly, or set your UW email to forward to a more active account. 

You will want to setup your Husky Card Student ID. Your U-PASS (bus pass) is embedded in your HuskyCard. You can get your Husky Card at the ByGeorge Cafe below Odegaard Library. All registered students are automatically enrolled for an autumn quarter U-Pass (it will appear on your tuition statement). Keep in mind that your U-Pass will only work starting 9/18, if you register for classes by Monday 9/16.

Activate your U-Pass by tapping your HuskyCard on an ORCA reader at any bus or light rail station. Your HuskyCard will also be programmed as a keycard so you can access the studio facilities and Gould + Architecture Hall after academic hours.

This program includes field trips, but transportation costs are NOT covered.  You can chose to travel together via Metro bus with the Instructor(s), or you may wish to travel on your own via other methods.

The first field trip is to Ravenna/Cowen Park on Tuesday 9/17 so you could ride the bus (or it’s also a short bike ride), but your regular U-Pass won’t work by then. You could pay via:

a) CASH. You’ll need $1 bills and quarters for the bus – $2.50 to get there; and $2.75 return trip (after 3pm) depending on your home base.
b) ORCA card. Keep in mind an ’empty’ ORCA card costs $5, and would be redundant when your U-Pass kicks in on 9/18. You can sign-up in advance, or go to a vending machine and fill an ORCA card with the amount you’ll need… ORCA LIFT is a reduced transit fare that you may qualify for if you apply in time.
c) U-PASS. Please note if you took courses over the summer, your Summer U-Pass, will remain valid if you’ve registered for Autumn Quarter.

Please contact Vanessa at if you need additional assistance deciding which method would work best for your travel needs.


In General:

•  pack a lunch
•  tissues (to wipe charcoal from your hands)
•  good walking shoes for field trip days
•  USB flashdrive with your name on it

For Hand Drawing Sessions:

Download the PDF

For Digital Sessions:

Skills Survey: The instructors would like to get a quick overview of your current skills. Please complete this survey by Monday, September 16.

Adobe CC Account: 

Anyone who wants to use the lab machines for Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) needs an Adobe account.

Please set this up BEFORE the first day of Design Prep Week (and remember your password)!

To use CBE Adobe Creative Cloud Applications you must create + use a free personal Adobe account.

Have an existing adobe account? Log into it after launching a CC application.

If you do not have an adobe account you will need to create one at:

1. Click “Get an Adobe ID”. Fill out form with a valid email address, and click “Sign Up” to complete.
2. You will see a request for a phone number, you can safely ignore it.
3. Click the validation link that is emailed to you.
4. After launching a CC application, login with the Adobe credentials you provided. Tutorials: Seattle Public Library offers access to, an online resource featuring instructional videos that teach software and computer skills. Please apply for a SPL library card, and you’ll then be able to access

More Software Deals for UW

You can also purchase the academic software at discounted educational rates at the UW Bookstore Tech Center. More information can be found here.

Date: September 16–20, 2019
Time: 9:00am–4:30pm
Location: Gould 007 + various locations (see schedule)


An optional Design Charrette with the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning Professional Advisory Councils is planned for Saturday, September 21st (9:00am–2:00pm) in Gould Court.


The Charrette is organized by members of the local design community that comprise the UW Architecture & Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Councils. Following a brief presentation by the PAC, students will be organized into teams which are paired with a professional.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00am–2:00pm
Location: Gould Court
RSVP here by Monday, September 16 @ NOON.


UW Department of Landscape Architecture
2019 DRAFT New Student Orientation Schedule

Monday | 23 September 2019

9:15 am Faculty and Students Arrive – Community Design Building (across from Gould Hall) coffee/tea/donuts/fruit

9:30 am Welcome by Ken Yocom, Chair

9:40 am Faculty, Staff, and Student Introductions

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Program Advising (MLAs in Gould 100; BLAs in Gould 102)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch catered by Department

1:15 pm Landscape Architecture students depart for design firm tours

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Tour Professional Design Firms / Project Sites

Group A:  GGN and 2+U Tour

Group B:  Hewitt South Lake Union Tour and Mithun

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Landscape Arch Professional Advisory Council (PAC) New Student Reception

Berger Partnership 1927 Post Alley #2, Seattle, WA 98101

Students are responsible for their own transportation back to campus or homes following the reception (bring UPASS or bus fare is $2.75+). Walking shoes recommended.

Tuesday | 24 September 2019

9:00 am – 10:50 am Students meet in Gould 312 Landscape Studio for guest program speakers, briefing on studio policy, photos (head shots), etc.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm College of Built Environments (CBE) New Student Orientation

12:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch catered by CBE

1:00 pm Photos (in case you missed it earlier)

Day 1 – Monday, September 23, 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Your response is needed! Please fill out this STUDENT DIRECTORY ASAP!