Incoming Student Information

Design Prep Week and Orientation Info (check back later for more info)
College of Built Environments Orientation

General UW//LA Student Resources
Student Discussion Forum (MS Teams)


You can find other information on the Department Student Resources Page.

Other questions? Contact your adviser.

Jennie Li, BLA Program Adviser
Julie Parrett, MLA Program Adviser

Design Prep Week + Orientation

Design Prep Week (September 20–24)
Orientation (September 27–28)

We’ll have more details later in the summer. Classes start on Wednesday, September 29.

Student Communications

Incoming BLAs | June 2021

Change of Major

For current UW students, we’ve submitted paperwork to declare your new major. You’ll officially be listed as a BLA student beginning Autumn 2020. 

Transfer Admissions

For transfer students, I’ve reached out to UW admissions to let them know that you’ve been accepted into the BLA program. You should receive additional information from UW soon. Once you are officially accepted into UW, I’ll work with you to begin Autumn registration. 

Autumn Registration

For everyone, we will register you for required L ARCH courses for your first term in the program. You will be registered for the following courses:

L ARCH 401 Design Foundations Studio

L ARCH 411 Landscape Representation

L ARCH 431 Landform and Grading

L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning (unless you’ve already completed this course) 

This course load equals 15 credits (12 credits if you’ve already completed L ARCH 341). This is an appropriate course load for your first term in the program. However, if you have space in your schedule and would like to take something else, please register for that yourself. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about your course load or other course options. 

Design Prep Week and Orientation

Don’t forget that the program requires you to attend Design Prep Week (9/20–24) and Orientation (9/27–28) before classes begin on 9/29. We’ll have more information on these later this summer.

Congratulations once again and welcome to the BLA program. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have over the next few weeks or anytime this summer.  

Connecting with Incoming Students

Join our UW//LA Student Discussion Forum on MS Teams. This is a space where we share all kinds of news with students and for you to connect with one another. We’ve created a channel #year-incoming-2021 as a place where you can chat with incoming students this summer

Summer activities

Many incoming students ask me what they can do to prepare for starting the program over the summer. Here are my suggestions:

My number one recommendation is to enjoy some time outdoors if you are able. Visit outdoor spaces and observe the ways people use them and find places that inspire you as a future designer of landscapes. 

Some of my favorite outdoor spots in Seattle: 

  • Gas Works Park (designed by Rich Haag. founder of our department)
  • Burke-Gilman Trail
  • Occidental Square
  • Ravenna Park and Cowen Park
  • Ballard Locks
  • Lake Washington Boulevard
  • Discovery Park
  • UW Arboretum 

Feel free to take photos, sketch or write notes about these spaces. 

If you want a topical book to read in any of these places, Here’s a short list of some foundational books for our department. These readings are not necessary, but a starter if you want to dig in. 

You may also be interested to see examples of what you will soon be doing. EXTENTS, the student-led publication of our department showcases work from last year. As well, recent studio work is available on our website (

Finally, if you want some experience with digital representation over the summer, you can access many great free tutorials for programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD, GIS on through LinkedIn Learning, which is free through UW.  

Incoming MLAs | May 2021