6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Architecture | Landscape Architecture | Urban and Environmental Planning | Architectural History

Landscape Architecture

L AR 501, 502 - (3) (SS)
Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate degree program in Landscape Architecture
Analytical and design studies focusing on primary principles and theory of Landscape Architecture. For students without previous professional design degree in architecture or landscape architecture.

L AR 503 - (2) (SS)
Landscape Architectural Drawing

Techniques of drawing, with emphasis on free-hand sketching. Required of students entering the graduate landscape architecture program.

L AR 507 - (4) (Y)
Plants and Environment

Study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification and ecological associations.

L AR 509 - (3) (Y)
Landscape Architectural Drawing and Representation

Study of the fundamentals of both technical and artistic drawing. Includes techniques of drafting, lettering, perspective and orthographic projection, shadow casting and reflection drawing. Freehand sketching and rendering techniques are included.

L AR 510 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Landscape Graphics

Study of the fundamentals of technical and artistic drawing, with particular attention to rendering techniques in various color media (watercolor, pastel, color pencils).

L AR 512 - (3) (Y)
History of European and Asian Landscape Architecture

Examines landscape architecture as an expression of cultural values. Rather than attempt a broad survey of numerous works of a period, the lectures concentrate on a few prototypical examples. Particular emphasis is given to Ancient Egypt, 16th Century Italy, 17th Century France, 18th Century Britain, 19th Century America, and 17th Century Japan. The comparative case study approach is complemented by primary and secondary source readings.

L AR 513 - (3) (Y)
History of American Landscape Architecture

A study of the development of American landscape architecture from the seventeenth century to the present, with emphasis on seminal figures -- Jefferson, Downing, Olmsted, Platt, Farrand, Jensen, and selected contemporary designers.

L AR 514 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture

Interprets modern built landscapes as cultural products -- with their own materials, codes and concerns -- and, at the same time, underscores landscape architecture theory's interlocking relationship with changing societal constructions of nature, environmentalism and the city. The mode of inquiry focuses on exemplary built works of landscape architecture and their impact on, and debt to, specific design treatises or manifestoes as well as broader cultural and theoretical practices.

L AR 517 - (3) (Y)
Site Planning

A technical course teaching the fundamental language and principles of site planning and site engineering. A series of lectures and exercises introduces basic grading, drainage and landscape development principles leading to their application to a land planning proposal which resolves a program for development with an interpretation of the environmental limitations of the land.

L AR 520 - (3) (Y)
Healing Landscapes

An investigation of various topics centered on the general theme of designed landscapes as a means of "healing" human beings. Such healing is understood in a broad sense to encompass both bodily and mental infirmities. The seminar includes a historical overview of various healing landscapes, an examination of ancient literature on the subject, and field trips to various hospitals, hospices and out-patient facilities in the Charlottesville area.

L AR 521 - (3) (IR)
Seminar in Landscape Art

Readings and discussions of the evolution of environmental art and land sculpture as it relates to landscape architecture.

L AR 522 - (3) (IR)
The Moral Landscape

Readings and discussions on landscape as a cultural construct. Examines how nationalistic, religious, political, scientific, economic, and ecological values are attributed to landscape.

L AR 523 - (3) (IR)
Historic Landscape Preservation

L AR 525 - (4) (Y)
Grading and Drainage

Prerequisite: L AR 535
Includes site design, layout plan, grading plan, and drainage calculations for a specific project.

L AR 535 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Sites

An inquiry into the natural structure and systems of sites and how they inform design forms and processes. Introduction to computer mapping and analysis (GIS).

L AR 601 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design I

A series of analysis, research and introductory design projects which focus on understanding fundamental design compositional principles and developing a more systematic, drawing based approach to solving design problems. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the roles of history and theory in contemporary landscape architectural design.

L AR 602 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design II

Prerequisite: L AR 601
Continued study in the analysis and application of fundamental design principles with special emphasis on site planning and designing with landforms.

L AR 701 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design III

Prerequisites: L AR 601, 602
Application of design strategies to urban projects of a site-planning and site-design type at the intermediate level. Emphasis on practical application of design theory, design principles, and technical methods.

L AR 702 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design IV

Prerequisites: L AR 601, 602, 701
Application of design strategies to the design and planning of towns. The scale of concerns range from the street, block and garden to the region. Field trips to significant towns, both historic and contemporary, introduce comparable case studies.

L AR 705 - (4) (Y)
Plants and Design

Prerequisites: LAR 508
Study of the principles and theory of planting design with emphasis on recognizing various historical and contemporary attitudes toward the aesthetics of designing with plants.

L AR 713 - (3) (Y)

Introduction to landscape construction materials and fundamental methods for construction in masonry, retaining wall design, pavements, wood structures, etc.

L AR 714 - (4) (Y)
Site Engineering

Exploration of site engineering issues relevant to landscape architecture including hydrology, pond design, storm water management, site geometry, principles of statics and mechanics as related to landscape structures, and computer applications in site engineering.

L AR 721 - (3) (Y)
Ecological Design

Lectures, readings and discussions about the role of ecology in the design of the built environment.

L AR 724 - (3) (E)
The Urban Landscape

A seminar exploring transformations in the urban landscapes of Europe and America, from the 19th century industrial city to contemporary works.

L AR 725 - (3) (O)
Topographic Imagination

Readings and discussion about the role of topography and land form in design expression.

L AR 740 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Planting Design Theory

Prerequisite: L AR 705
Readings, discussions and design projects exploring theories and techniques of planting design.

L AR 801 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design V

Prerequisites: L AR 701, 702
Comprehensive study of applied landscape architecture theory, principles, and methods to problems of urban, rural or suburban environments and communities.

L AR 802 - (6) (Y)
Independent Studio VI

Studio may be pursued in one of three ways: (1) individual tutorial study under the supervision of a faculty advisor; (2) participation in an advanced collaborative study taught by department faculty; (3) participation in a collaborative studio in preservation or urbanism.

L AR 804 - (3) (Y)
Professional Practice

Primarily concerned with the pragmatic aspects of the practice of landscape architecture. Also considers the social, cultural and ideological issues that affect the quality of the profession as it is practiced. Topics include: the professional's relationship to the client and society, legal aspects, project management, the professional's moral and aesthetic values, business aspects of the profession.

L AR 807, 808 - (3) (E)
Historic Sites

Study of methods and techniques of identifying, measuring, documenting, and reporting historic sites, including field work on actual historic sites.

L AR 811 - (1-4) (Y)
Special Study in Landscape Architecture

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor. Recommended as a preparation for L AR 812.

L AR 821 - (3) (Y)
Research Methods

Introduction to research techniques and methodology.This is a required course for those students taking the spring semester independent tutorial studio project.

L AR 825 - (4) (Y)
Principles of Road Design

Study of the principles and theories of design for scenic drives, park roads, and parkways including vertical and horizontal alignments, roadside structures, and design requirements.

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