Department of Landscape Architecture Courses

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Not all courses are offered every term. Consult the UO Catalog for the most up-to-date information about course offerings and requirements. It contains complete details for all academic programs offered by the university. Whether you’re an enrolled student or you're considering attending the UO, the catalog will provide information that helps you determine your academic path.

Design Studios

LA 289 Landscape Architectural Design. 6 Credits.
Study of places, their use, and how they evolve. Fundamentals of environmental awareness, social factors, and small-scale site design; abstract design and elementary graphic techniques. Repeatable.
 
LA 439/539 Landscape Architectural Design and Process. 6 Credits.
Intermediate problems in landscape architecture design. Relations among problem concepts, goals, design theory, communication media, and technical analysis. Repeatable four times for a total of 30 credits. Prerequisite: LA 289.
 
LA 489/589 Site Planning and Design. 6 Credits.
Advanced problems in landscape architecture, cultural determinants of site planning and design, design development and natural systems and processes as indicators of carrying capacity. Repeatable.
Prerequisite: LA 362, LA 366, LA 439.
 
LA 494/594 Land Planning and Design. 6 Credits.
Problems in landscape architecture of increased cultural complexity. Land use planning, computer-aided ecological analysis of land, environmental impact, urban and new community design.
Prerequisite: LA 489; fifth-year standing for undergraduates.

Technologies

LA 362 Landscape Technologies I—Grading. 4 Credits.
Develops understanding of contours, contour manipulation, and site engineering methodologies in the design of places; fundamentals of inclusive design, storm water management, earthwork, and design development. Prerequisite: LA 361.
 
LA 366 Landscape Technologies II—Site Construction. 4 Credits.
Consideration of aesthetic and engineering properties of materials and processes of landscape construction; communication of design intent through documentation including sources and costs. Prerequisite: LA 362.
 
LA 410/510 Professional Practice
 
LA 417/517 Computer-Aided Landscape Design. 2–4 Credits.
Understanding and use of computer-aided drafting and design technology for executing landscape design development, evaluation, and presentation tasks. Prerequisite: LA 289 or 389.

Plants

LA 326 Plants Fall. 4 Credits.
Characteristics, identification, and design uses of deciduous trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers. Emphasis on identification and appropriate use in landscape design.
 
LA 327 Plants Winter. 4 Credits.
Characteristics, identification, and design uses of ornamental conifers and broad-leaved evergreen trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Prerequisite: LA 326.
 
LA 328 Plants Spring. 4 Credits.
Characteristics, identification, and design uses of flowering trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers; emphasis on synthesizing learning from fall, winter, and spring. Prerequisite: LA 327.
 
LA 390 Urban Farm. 4 Credits.
Experimentation with food production in the city; rebuilding urban soils; farm animal-plant relationships; and nutrient cycles. Cooperative food production and distribution; use of appropriate technologies. Repeatable.

Landscape Analysis and Planning

LA 199 Design for a Sustainable World. 4 Credits.
Case-based course that examines what it means to design sustainable systems, landscapes, buildings, policies and products.
 
LA 337 Landscape Field Work. 1–4 Credits.
Direct examination and appraisal of the function, form, content, and composition of example landscapes in relation to ecological, cultural, legal, technical, aesthetic, and economic objectives. Repeatable.
 
LA 410/510 Urban Sustainability. 4 Credits.
This course provides a road map for examining urban sustainability through interdisciplinary perspectives and applying ethical and practical approaches into urban design and planning.
 
LA 410/510 Sustainable Design Principles and Practices. 4 Credits.
Team-project course that examines what it means to design sustainable systems from economic, environmental and social aspects.
 
LA 413/513 Analyzing Landscape Systems. 4 Credits.
Develops skills for collecting data and understanding how landscapes function in space and time to inform good decision-making in planning and design. Prerequisite: one course in geography, biology, or environmental studies.
 
LA 415/515 Computers in Landscape Architecture. 4 Credits.
Development, application, and evaluation of computer systems for land use and site planning (e.g., geographic information systems); encoding of data, cell storage, and analysis systems. Prerequisite: LA 440/540. Repeatable.
 
LA 440/540 Introduction to Landscape Planning Analysis. 4 Credits.
Principles of designing landscapes and waterscapes for human use and settlement. Ecological, social, and economic analyses of landscapes, resources, and patterns of occupancy in the Eugene-Springfield area. Prerequisite: LA 361.
 
LA 441/541 Principles of Applied Ecology. 2–6 Credits.
Application of ecological concepts to landscape design, planning, and management. Emphasis on spatially explicit problem-solving over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Prerequisite for 441: one course in ecology; Prerequisite for 541: one course in the natural sciences.
 
LA 465/565 Landscape Ecology. 4 Credits.
Links concepts and applications of landscape ecology through extensive field experiences that develop a deep understanding of a specific landscape or a set of issues. Prerequisite: LA 441/541.

History, Literature, and Theory

LA 227 Introduction to Landscape Architecture. 2 Credits.
Exploring the background and scope of the profession: its history, ethics, goals, skills, topics, achievements, and evolving challenges in making healthy, functional, and beautiful places

LA 260 Understanding Landscapes. 4 Credits.
Perception, description, and explanation of landscapes as environmental sets, as biophysical processes, and as cultural values.
 
LA 407/507 Landscape Architecture Theory. 4 Credits.
Contemporary design ideas situated in their historic precedents and theories, using those intellectual roots as a means of reading, understanding and critiquing contemporary practice.
 
LA 407/507 Overlook Field School Seminar. 2 Credits.
Seminar which explores an annual theme related to productive landscapes and prepares students for the Overlook Field School in summer.
 
LA 410/510 History of Landscape Architecture I, II. 4 Credits Each.
Learn about the history of landscape architectural design and how to interpret contemporary designed landscapes.
 
LA 410/510 Civic Agriculture. 4 Credits.
Students will identify—and contribute to the actual development and enhancement of—the complex set of constituents and recognized tactics which are required to create and maintain a socially responsible local food system.
 
LA 410/510 Landscape Architecture and Aesthetics. 2 Credits.
Seminar that aims to clarify design’s often ambiguous engagement with the discipline of aesthetics from the 18th century to the present.

LA 410/510 Ways of Knowing. 4 Credits.

LA 607 Seminar. 1–5 Credits.
 
LA 617 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Theory. 4 Credits.
Survey and critique of the theoretical frameworks for landscape architecture.

Landscape Architectural Media

LA 350 Landscape Media. 2–4 Credits.
Development of freehand drawing and visualization skills; exercises about line, tone, texture, and color for plan, section, and perspective drawings. Repeatable.
 
LA 352 Digital Landscape Media, 2–4 Credits.
Introductory survey and skill development in a range of basic computer graphic tools used in landscape architecture. Includes image processing, computer drawing, modeling, and drafting. Prerequisite: LA 350. Repeatable.
 
LA 408/508 Advanced Digital Media
 
LA 410/510 Data Visualization. 4 Credits.
Students will learn how to transform data into effective visual representations that can be used as exploratory and analytical tools as well as communication means.
 
LA 450/550 Advanced Landscape Media. 4 Credits.
The role of media in design inquiry; development of hard-line drawing skills, diagramming, and principles of graphic design. Repeatable.

LA 608 Workshop. 1–16 Credits.
Repeatable.


Media and Technologies Workshops

LA 408/508 Workshop. 1-21 Credits.
Concentrated programs of study on special topics. Regular offerings include Fire Ecology and Management, Landscape Design. Repeatable.

LA 459/559 3D Mapping with LiDAR. 2 Credits.
Introduces students the basic principles of LiDAR, LiDAR sensors, platforms, data collections, data processing, and analysis.
 
LA 459/559 Water, Sanitation, and Health. 2 Credts.
Examines how various water and sanitation systems (infrastructures and technologies) can both positively and negatively impact public health.
 
LA 459/559 Writing for Designers. 2 Credits.
Workshop that aims to improve skills and develop con dence in written communication in the context of professional design practice.

Comprehensive Project (BLA)

LA 490 Comprehensive Project Preparation. 3 Credits.
Finding, describing, programming, and probing environmental opportunities and problems.
 
LA 499 Comprehensive Project. 8 Credits.
Advanced planning and design projects in landscape architecture. Studio development of individually selected projects. Prerequisite: LA 490.

Research (Graduate only)

LA 601 Research Proposal Development. 2 Credits.
Preparation and presentation of the student's terminal research and design project proposal and plan for completion of the master's degree in landscape architecture.
 
LA 620 Landscape Research Methods I. 2-4 Credits.
Contemporary research issues and strategies. Theories, approaches, and techniques applicable to topics and problems in landscape architecture. Sequence with LA 621.
 
LA 621 Landscape Research Methods II. 2-4 Credits.
Contemporary research issues and strategies. Theories, approaches, and techniques applicable to topics and problems in landscape architecture. Sequence with LA 620.
Prerequisite: LA 620.
 
LA 699 Master's Project. 2-10 Credits.
Student-directed and executed performance and communication of original research or project work to demonstrate advanced mastery of landscape architecture. Repeatable.

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