Introduction to Landscape Architecture
How do landscape architects create both beautiful and functional urban and rural spaces?
This course will introduce you to the field of landscape architecture and its relationship with history, art and design, urban adaptation/re-use, ecological systems, climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and spatial and social justice. You will explore how landscape architects design private and public spaces using ecology, culture, art, and fabrication, and delve into some of the profession's foundational ideas, basic tools and contemporary issues.
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Define the role of landscape architects in the design of the built environment
- Describe and define contemporary issues and terms concerning landscape architecture
- Identify some of the key design and evaluation tools of landscape architecture
- Recognize some of the design facets and dimensions needed in the development of a landscape strategy and process
How you will learn and be evaluated
- Expect instructor-led presentations and class discussions
- Prepare to discuss, debate and formulate your own opinions
- Plan for optional pre-class readings
You will be evaluated on:
- 3 brief in-class assignments
- 2-page homework assignment
Who should take this course?
This introductory course is for both professionals and engaged citizens with an interest in learning the basics of landscape architecture.
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.
Professional development credits
AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.