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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Alyssa Schwann $315.00 32 Register

Course schedule: Classes run online from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will 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 will you learn?

You will learn through a combination of optional pre-class readings, online lectures by the instructors, online small group discussion, the submission of three short, in-class assignments and a two-page homework assignment.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in learning the basics of landscape architecture.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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