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Incoming Student Information

Welcome to UW’s Department of Landscape Architecture!

Below are information and links to help you prepare for your first quarter in the MLA or BLA program. Students moving to Seattle should plan to arrive by Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Autumn 2023 Important Dates and Activities

Design Prep Week Info

Monday, Sept 18 – Friday, Sept 22

9:00 – 12:00 Digital Drawing
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 Hand Drawing

All incoming BLA + MLA I (3-year track) students are required to attend.
For MLA II (2-year track) students who are new to Seattle, we recommend you attend the afternoon drawing sessions.

BLA + MLA I $200 (all day)
MLA II $100 (afternoon session only)
Submit payment here by Friday, September 8.

Please register for Prep Week here.

Equipment + Supplies List: For MLA I and BLAs
The list is a combined list for Prep Week (Prep) LARCH 401 (Studio), LARCH 411 (Representation) and LARCH 431 (Landform).

  • Required items are indicated with an “R”.  
  • Bolded items are required for Prep Week and should be purchased before Sept 18
  • Recommendations for a specific brand, size or type are provided if there are multiple options available.  Indicated with “REC”.
  • Columns at right indicate the course(s) in which you will use the equipment or supply, in case you have questions.  
  • PREP = items needed for Design Prep Week, purchase before Sept 18.
  • WK 1 = purchase before or during the first week of classes.


Monday, Sept 25 – Department of Landscape Architecture
Tuesday, Sept 26 – College of Built Environments

U501 Graduate School Orientation – a self-guided, online resource for graduate students

CBE Design Charrette (optional)

Saturday, Sept 23 – Gould Court
RSVP required by end of day Sunday, 9/17

Lunch & refreshments provided
Hosted by UW ARCH, LARCH, & UDP Professionals Advisory Councils.
Meet new students from other CBE programs as well as members of the professional community

Questions: contact Claudine Manio,

First Day of Classes

Wednesday, Sept 27


Incoming MLA Students Information


Incoming BLA Students Information