7: School of Architecture

General Information | Academic Information | Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Architecture | Architectural History | Landscape Architecture | Planning

Landscape Architecture

L AR 312 - (3) (Y)
History of 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. Emphasis on Ancient Egypt, 16th-century Italy, 17th-century France, 17th-century Japan, 18th-century Britain, and 17th- to 20th-century America. The comparative case study approach is complemented by primary and secondary source readings.

L AR 505 - (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 507 - (3) (Y)
Plants and Environment I

Study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations, and plant shape and form. Incorporates drawing exercises in the field.

L AR 508 - (3) (Y)
Plants and Environment II

Continued study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations, and plant shape and form. Incorporates drawing exercises in the field.

L AR 510 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Landscape Drawing and Representation

Advanced study of technical and artistic drawing, such as rendering techniques in various color media (watercolor, pastel, color pencils) and perspective.

L AR 512 - (3) (Y)
History of 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. Emphasis on Ancient Egypt, 16th-century Italy, 17th-century France, 17th-century Japan, 18th-century Britain, 17th- and 20th-century America. Comparative case studies are complemented by primary and secondary source readings.

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

Prerequisite: L AR 512 or permission of instructor
Interprets modern built landscapes as cultural products, with their own materials, codes and concerns. Underscores landscape architecture theory's interlocking relationship with changing societal constructions of nature, environmentalism, and the city. Focuses on exemplary built works of landscape architecture and their impact on, and debt to, specific design treatises or manifestos, in light of 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 site design proposals which accomodates a program to the structures 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)
Topics in Contemporary Landscape Theory and Practice

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

L AR 522 - (3) (O)
Topographic Imagination

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

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

Readings and discussion on contemporary theory and practices for preserving historic landscapes. Evaluation of those theories and practices through a close review of select case studies.

L AR 524 - (3) (Y)
Civic Ecology

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

L AR 525 - (3) (Y)
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 531 - (4) (Y)
Construction I: Landform and Grading

Prerequisite: L AR 535
Includes site design, layout plan, grading plan, and drainage calculations for a specific project. Part of a technical course sequence in landscape architecture. Focuses on the land as a shaped medium through application of concepts and principles of land manipulation, grading earthwork, and drainage in short exercises and a conceptual grading plan for a studio project.

L AR 535 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Sites: Applied Ecology

An inquiry into the natural structure and systems of sites and how they inform design strategies and processes. Combination of lectures and fieldwork.

Physics

PHYS 203A - (4) (Y)
Architectural Physics

Introductory physics stressing the applications of physics to the architecture of buildings and building services (the heating, cooling, lighting, maintenance, etc.). Prior knowledge of differential and integral calculus is helpful but not required. Problems and numerical examples are treated in the discussion section.


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