Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The department encourages students to practice critical thinking, creativity, analysis, and practical understanding. As a result, graduates are prepared to serve as design and planning leaders around the world and help communities increase their resilience in a rapidly changing economic, social, and ecological context. The department offers a variety of degrees to meet students’ various educational and career goals, preparing them to be leaders in landscape architectural and environmental planning practice, research, or related fields.

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP) offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Landscape Architecture. This program offers both a liberal arts oriented and preprofessional education. The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning offers a Minor in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The department also cosponsors the Sustainable Design Minor with the Department of Architecture.

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Landscape Architecture, a professional degree accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and a PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.  The Master of Landscape Architecture requires two or three years depending on the student’s incoming background, and provides the option to specialize in landscape design or environmental planning.

Understanding the need for professionals with the knowledge and skills of more than one discipline, the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning offers concurrent master's degree programs with the other departments in the College of Environmental Design. See the links below for further information:

For questions about any of the concurrent programs, contact the LAEP Graduate Office at laepgrad@berkeley.edu.

Licensure and Accreditation

The BA degree is certified by the State of California and counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (UNE), as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE) for licensure.

The MLA degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). It also counts as part of the education/experience requirement of the Uniform National Examination (UNE), as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE) for licensure.

Visit the Landscape Architects Technical Committee and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards for more information about licensure in California.

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Lecture Series

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning sponsors a lecture series which offers students the opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed speakers. These speakers often also participate in classes and seminars as part of their visit to campus. For a schedule of speakers and events in this lecture series, see the College of Environmental Design (CED) website.

Undergraduate Programs

Landscape Architecture: BA, Minor
Sustainable Design: Minor (offered in conjunction with the Department of Architecture)

Graduate Programs

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning: MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture); PhD

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Courses

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

LD ARCH 1 Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This introductory studio course is open to all undergraduate students in the University, who want to investigate the process of drawing as a method to learn how to perceive, observe and represent the environment. This studio will encourage visual thinking as a formative tool for problem solving that provides a means to envision a sustainable future. The focus will be on the critical coordination between hand
, mind and idea.
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LD ARCH 12 Environmental Science for Sustainable Development 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016
The scientific basis of sustainability, explored through study of energy, water, food, natural resources, and built environment. Physical/ecological processes and systems, and human impacts from the global scale to local energy/resource use. Energy and water audits, opportunities to increase sustainability of processes/practices. Discussion/lab section involves field data collection/analysis (e.g., habitat characteristics and macroinvertebrate
communities in local streams, measurement of atmospheric particulate matter concentrations, measurement of water savings from updated irrigation technologies) and a final, integrative sustainability assessment project.
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LD ARCH 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Supervised group studies of various topics relevant to department that are not covered in depth by other courses. Topics may be initiated by students. Open to students in good standing who, in consultation with a faculty sponsor, present a proposal with clearly formulated objectives and means of implementation. Intended for exceptional students. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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LD ARCH 101 Fundamentals of Landscape Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This studio introduces students to the programmatic, artistic, and technical aspects of land form and topographic adjustments to accommodate human use. Topics include pedestrian and vehicular circulation, conservation and addition of plant materials, movement of water, recreation use, and creation of views. Sculptural land forms will be emphasized through the use of topographic plans, sections, and contour models.

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LD ARCH 102 Case Studies in Landscape Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This studio stresses the shaping and coordination of ideas from initial concept to complete design product. A product(s) of intermediate scale and complexity (such as a garden, small park, plaza, or campus courtyard) will be developed in detail including the selection of planting, selection of construction materials, and topographic design. Lecture modules on selected professional topics are integrated into this course.

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LD ARCH 103 Energy, Fantasy, and Form 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This is an undergraduate studio with a central focus on climate modification for energy conservation. We will research historical precedents in order to develop new garden forms for passive green designs. We will also explore how past cultures integrated metaphysics into their gardens as an adjunct to microclimate and habitat design. The contemporary landscape should be a balanced interweaving of proportion, function, comfort, energy conservation
, and enlightenment. Additionally, we will study the choreography of space and investigate how to animate the landscape through the creative interpretation of text and film. Many new and exciting opportunities lie ahead for the creation of garden forms that not only conserve energy, but are also works of art and places of spiritual renewal.
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LD ARCH 110 Ecological Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Analysis of environmental factors, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem dynamics, as related to decision-making for landscape planning and design.

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LD ARCH 110L Ecological Analysis Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introduction to field techniques for assessment of landscape factors. Factors include topography, geology, climate, soil, hydrology, flora, vegetation, and wildlife.

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LD ARCH 111 Plants in Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Through lecture, research, and studio assignments, this course introduces the use of plants as design elements in the landscape, from the urban scale to the site-specific scale, focusing on the public open space. By analyzing historic, contemporary, and Bay Area examples, the course examines the spatial, visual, and sensory qualities of vegetation, as well as the interplay with ecological functions and engineering uses of plants.

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LD ARCH 112 Landscape Plants: Identification and Use 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is an introduction to the identification and recognition, as well as design applications and uses, of plants in the landscape. Through lectures, assignments, and fieldwork, the course provides class participants with an appreciation of the importance of vertical vegetation as a design element. Students will be introduced to a variety of built projects and plants commonly used in Bay Area landscapes.

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LD ARCH 120 Topographic Form and Design Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Technical, graphic and computational exercises, and studio problems in topographic site design and the shaping of the site for surface drainage.

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LD ARCH 121 Design in Detail: Introduction to Landscape Materials and Construction 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course introduces the visual and physical characteristics of landscape construction materials including, but not limited to, stone, brick, concrete, metal, asphalt, and wood. Additionally, lectures cover the production and availability of these materials, any existing evaluations on their sustainability, and their potential impact on the immediate environment. Students also learn to utilize standard sources of information on building
materials and the terminology typically utilized when choosing and specifying construction materials. They become familiar with dimensional standards for landscape structures, including pavements, stairs, furnishings, retaining walls, freestanding walls, fences, decks, and small overhead structures.
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LD ARCH 122 Hydrology for Planners 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course presents an overview of relevant hydrologic, hydraulic, and geomorphic processes, to provide the planner and ecologist with insight to incorporate these processes into the planning process and coordinate with specialists in the field of hydrology. Relevant government regulations and policies are also reviewed. The course is not intended to duplicate more specialized courses offered in such fields as engineering hydrology, coastal engineering, or geology
, but rather to provide an integrated understanding. The course takes a process- and field-based approach to hydrology, and emphasizes interdisciplinary perspectives.
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LD ARCH 130 Sustainable Landscapes and Cities 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This course is an introduction to issues of sustainability in the designed landscape and in our cities. It includes environmental history as well as contemporary social, environmental and political issues surrounding sustainable design and activism. The course stresses motives and values expressed through environmental design at various scales – from neighborhood to global and examines problems affecting healthy
environments and their solutions. Students study the need for protection and restoration of healthy ecological systems within the design of cities and landscapes and discuss ways to enable these systems to thrive. Readings and discussions focus on means to evaluate, create and advocate for healthy, sustainable environments.
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LD ARCH 134A Drawing Workshop 1 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This studio will elaborate on a number of studio themes while introducing the students to a variety of graphic mediums and drawing techniques. Measured drawing procedures (including orthographic projections) will be augmented by figure-ground principles and themes of contrast, color, chiaroscuro, and compositions. On-site and visits to galleries and museums will complement the studio sessions.

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LD ARCH 134B Drawing Workshop II 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course introduces students to digital tools relevant to the discipline of landscape architecture. The course encompasses a series of lectures, lab exercises, and projects designed to equip students with a solid and expandable computing skill base relevant to the learning and practice of landscape architecture. Beyond technical competency, particular emphasis is placed on empowering students to move freely and creatively between software programs
as an effective way of representing landscape.
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LD ARCH 135 The Art of Landscape Drawing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course develops freehand drawing as an integral part of the creative process and as an expressive design tool. A broad range of exercises is employed to help students progressively gain creativity, skill, and confidence in their drawing. Various media such as ink, colored pencils, and watercolor are explored as a method to design innovative landscapes. A variety of presentation techniques will be investigated for communicating landscape design.
In addition to field sketching, there will be excursions to art galleries, artists' studios, and other creative environments. Through the integration of drawing with intuition and imagination, students will be able to bring their visions to reality.
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LD ARCH 136 Advanced Landscape Delineation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Imagination is the foundation for creative expression in the landscape. This course encourages exploration and personal expression for the realization of new landscape forms. This laboratory intends to refine drawing compositional skills by fostering imagination, intuition, and creativity. The media explored will be pen and ink, watercolor, collage, and 3-dimensional construction. We will study the human figure through analytical drawings
and live models. The realms of moving images, the landscape of the animated cartoon, and the sequential art of the comic will be investigated.
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LD ARCH 140 Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
User-oriented approach to design. Post-occupancy evaluation as a tool for understanding use of designed open spaces. Design as a communication process. Environmental needs of vulnerable populations--children, elderly, disabled, low-income families. Personal and societal environmental values.

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LD ARCH 154 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2004
Designed to be a forum for presentation of student research, discussions with faculty researchers and practitioners, and examination of topical issues in landscape architecture and environmental planning. Topics will be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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LD ARCH 160 Professional Practice Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Survey and analysis of professional practice in landscape architecture focusing on: the context of professional practice--office structure, public, private and non-profit practice, marketing, project management and delivery; the legal parameters of practice--contracts, codes, planning regulations, project approval processes, liability; and economics--budgeting, profits, project development costs, fiscal impacts, and financing.

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LD ARCH 170 History and Literature of Landscape Architecture 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course surveys the history of landscape architecture in four realms: 1) gardens; 2) urban open space, that is, plazas, parks, and recreation systems; 3) urban and suburban design; and 4) regional and environmental planning. The course will review the cultural and social contexts which have shaped and informed landscape architecture practice and aesthetics, as well as the environmental concerns, horticultural practices, and technological
innovations of historic landscapes.
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LD ARCH C171 The American Designed Landscape Since 1850 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course surveys the history of American landscape architecture since 1850 in four realms: 1) urban open spaces--that is squares, plazas, parks, and recreation systems; 2) urban and suburban design; 3) regional and environmental planning; 4) gardens. The course will review the cultural and social contexts which have shaped and informed landscape architecture in the United States since the advent of the public parks movement, as well as, the
aesthetic precepts, environmental concerns, horticultural practices, and technological innovations of American landscapes. Students will complete a midterm, final, and a research assignment.
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LD ARCH C177 GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course offers an introduction to spatial data analysis. It integrates ArcGIS analysis with spatial statistical analysis for the study of pattern and process applicable to a wide variety of fields. Major topics covered include: spatial sampling, processing data with ARC Info, exploratory GIS analysis, spatial decomposition, spatial point patterns and Ripley's K function, spatial autocorrelation, geostatistics, spatially weighted regression
, spatial autoregression, generalized linear models and generalized linear mixed models.
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LD ARCH C188 Geographic Information Systems 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course introduces the student to the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It addresses both theory and application and provides the student with a dynamic analytical framework within which temporal and spatial data and information is gathered, integrated, interpreted, and manipulated. It emphasizes a conceptual appreciation of GIS and offers an opportunity to apply some of those concepts to contemporary geographical
and planning issues.
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LD ARCH 189 Representation as Research: Contemporary Topics in Landscape Visualization 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course will explore landscape representation through a variety of drawing types and conventions, across a
range of scales, and through interplay between analog and digital media. The semester is composed of three
units. Each unit explores topics central to the San Francisco Bay Area and introduces students to new tools and
techniques that reinforce strategies for effectively communicating ideas for the landscape. Given our proximity to
the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding ecological, infrastructural, and social systems, each exercise is
intended to guide students to observe, image, and communicate landscape strategies for the Bay.

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LD ARCH 197 Field Study in Landscape Architecture 2 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
See departmental information sheet for limitations. Supervised experience relative to specific aspects of landscape architecture. Regular individual meetings with faculty and outside sponsor. Reports required.

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LD ARCH 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply.

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LD ARCH 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2013
Enrollment restrictions apply.

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LD ARCH 200A Fundamentals of Landscape Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This studio introduces students to the programmatic, artistic, and technical aspects of land form and topographic adjustments to accommodate human use. Topics include pedestrian and vehicular circulation, conservation and addition of plant materials, movement of water, recreation use, and creation of views. Sculptural land forms will be emphasized through the use of topographic plans, sections, and contour models.

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LD ARCH 200B Case Studies in Landscape Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This studio stresses the shaping and coordination of ideas from initial concept to complete design product. A product(s) of intermediate scale and complexity (such as a garden, small park, plaza, or campus courtyard) will be developed in detail including the selection of planting, selection of construction materials, and topographic design. Lecture modules on selected professional topics are integrated into this course.

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LD ARCH 201 Ecological Factors in Urban Landscape Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Through lectures, studio problems, research projects, and discussion, this course will explore the challenge and potential incorporating ecological factors in urban contexts. The course focuses on the interaction of landscape science (hydrology, geology, etc.) with the necessities and mechanisms of the human environment (urban design, transportation, economics, etc.). Lectures and research projects will particularly emphasize innovative and forward
thinking solutions to the ecological problems of the human environment. Throughout the semester, reading and discussion sessions will highlight the connections between the broader concerns of the global ecological crisis and landscape design and planning.
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LD ARCH 202 Design of Landscape Sites 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A site design studio stressing the shaping and coordination of ideas from initial concept to complete design of open space in various contexts. Typical projects will be of an intermediate scale and might include a park, plaza, museum sculpture garden, playground, office park, or housing project. Modules on social factors and planting design are included.

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LD ARCH 203 Landscape Project Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A site design studio stressing the shaping and coordination of ideas from initial concept to the thoughtful execution of design ideas at the site scale. Typical projects will focus on the experiential rather than the pictorial. Projects might include a park, plaza, or rehabilitation of a brownfield site.

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LD ARCH C203 Shaping the Public Realm 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This interdisciplinary studio focuses on the public realm of cities and explores opportunities for creating more humane and delightful public places. Problems will be at multiple scales in both existing urban centers and in areas of new growth. Skills in analyzing, designing, and communicating urban design problems will be developed. Studio work will be supplemented with lectures, discussions, and field trips. Visiting professionals will present
case studies and will serve on reviews.
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LD ARCH 204 Advanced Project Design 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Special topics in the design and planning of the landscape. The focus of the studio varies from semester to semester. Possible topics include community design, educative environments, landscape as art, park design, or energy-conserving design. For current offerings, see department announcement.

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LD ARCH 205 Environmental Planning Studio 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Application of environmental planning principles to a complex problem involving a variety of environmental criteria and desired land uses in a complex institutional and political setting. Student teams will identify needed data, assess environmental developmental problems, weigh competing uses, and prepare an environmental management plan.

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LD ARCH 206 Final Project Preparation Studio: Thesis and Reports 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This is a spring studio for students to work on final projects (theses and professional reports). The studio, including lectures by the instructor, is meant to train and assist students in thesis or professional project research and help them in finalizing their thesis or professional report topic. The course includes weekly exercises ranging from writing articles documenting, illustrating, and critiquing landscapes to finally producing a
thesis or professional report.
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LD ARCH 221 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Planning 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Discussion and critique of the application of quantitative methods to environmental assessment, analysis, and evaluation in environmental planning. Topics to include geographical information systems and data bases, remote sensing, and multivariate analysis. This course emphasizes computer applications and data analysis.

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LD ARCH 222 Hydrology for Planners 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course presents an overview of relevant hydrologic, hydraulic, and geomorphic processes, to provide the planner and ecologist with insight sufficient to coordinate with technical specialists in the field of hydrology. In addition, relevant regulations and policies are reviewed.

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LD ARCH 226 Landscape Design Construction 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The course investigates the process of developing schematic landscape design proposals into constructed landscapes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the durability of materials and design details, the efficient use of materials, and the ability to evaluate how material selection and detailing can impact the environment. Field trips to construction sites, manufacturing facilities, and built landscapes will be included.

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LD ARCH 227 Restoration of Rivers and Streams 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course reviews the underlying goals and assumptions of river and stream restoration projects, reviews techniques employed in these efforts, and emphasizes strategies for evaluation of project success. The course focuses on geomorphic and hydrologic analyses relevant to restoration and enhancement of aquatic and riparian habitat in freshwater systems. Format: lectures by instructor, guest lectures, presentation of student independent projects
, and field trips. Course requirement: independent term project involving original research.
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LD ARCH C231 Environmental Planning and Regulation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
This course will examine emerging trends in environmental planning and policy and the basic regulatory framework for environmental planning encountered in the U.S. We will also relate the institutional and policy framework of California and the United States to other nations and emerging international institutions. The emphasis of the course will be on regulating "residuals" as they affect three media: air, water, and land.

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LD ARCH 232 The Landscape As a Sacred Place 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Visual and cultural analysis of landscapes, inventory procedures for "place" values, and problems related to sustainable design development, with special emphasis on highly valued places.

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LD ARCH 237 The Process of Environmental Planning 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A review of the techniques used in environmental planning, and evaluation of alternate means of implementation in varying environmental and political circumstances. The class will examine and critique a number of well-known environmental planning programs and plans. Lectures and discussion will address recurrent planning problems, such as the limitations of available data, legal and political constraints on plans, conflicts among specialists.

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LD ARCH C241 Research Methods in Environmental Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
The components, structure, and meaning of the urban environment. Environmental problems, attitudes, and criteria. Environmental survey, analysis, and interview techniques. Methods of addressing environmental quality. Environmental simulation.

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LD ARCH C242 Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Process 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An examination of the roles of the citizens and citizen organizations in the city planning process. Models for citizen involvement ranging from advising to community control. Examination of the effectiveness of different organizational models in different situations.

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LD ARCH C250 Theories of Urban Form and Design 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Theories and patterns of urban form throughout history are studied with emphasis on the role of planning and design in shaping cities and the relationship between urban form and social, economic, and geographic factors. Using a case study approach, cities are evaluated in terms of various theories and performance dimensions.

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LD ARCH 251 Theories of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
The focus will be on debate and discussion of central ideas in landscape architecture and environmental planning, drawing on primary literature over many decades of thought. This is not a history course, but it will include some literature that goes back to the early years of the field. This course covers the breadth of thinking in the field, including both environmental planning and landscape design as well as other sub disciplines. Each week
students will lead a debate on a different theoretical issue.
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LD ARCH 252B Thesis and Professional Project Proposal Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Students learn research methods including social factors, historical/archival, design exploration, master planning, theoretical, and scientific field work. Students develop a conceptual framework, survey instrument, literature review, and detailed work plan. A full committee and funding proposal due on the last day of class.

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LD ARCH 253 Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Colloquium 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Invited lectures on current research, planning practice, and design projects. Out of approximately 14 presentations per term, typically two or three would be by department faculty, two or three by graduating students, the remainder by outside speakers.

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LD ARCH 254 Topics in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Designed to be a forum for presentation of student research, discussions with faculty researchers and practitioners, and examination of topical issues in landscape architecture and environmental planning. Topics will be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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LD ARCH 255 Doctoral Seminar in Environmental Planning 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Designed to be a forum for presentation of doctoral student research, discussions with faculty researchers and environmental planning practitioners, and examination of topical issues in environmental planning. Topics will be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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LD ARCH 257 Special Topics in Design 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Research seminar on selected topics in landscape design. Seminars will focus on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of design and planning methods as well as emerging issues in the discipline. Seminars will include lectures by the faculty member offering the course, guest lecturers, student presentations, and discussions. Readings and requirements vary from year to year based on the topic and instructor.

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LD ARCH 289 Applied Remote Sensing 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course consists of one lecture and one computer lab per week introducing fundamental principles and methods of environmental remote sensing and their practical applications. We will explore strategies for working with different types of remote sensing data and extracting image-based landscape information for various environmental research and planning objectives. This course focuses largely on local to regional scale applications of remote sensing
in ecology, environmental planning and design, civil & environmental engineering and natural resource management.
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LD ARCH 295 Supervised Research in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Supervised experience on a research project in landscape architecture and/or environmental planning. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor required. See departmental sheet for other limitations.

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LD ARCH 296 Directed Dissertation Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Open to qualified students who have been advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and are directly engaged upon the doctoral dissertation.

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LD ARCH 297 Supervised Field Study 2 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Supervised experience relative to specific aspects of practice in landscape architecture and/or environmental planning. Regular meetings with faculty and outside sponsor as well as final report required. See departmental information sheet for other limitations.

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LD ARCH 298 Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
Special group studies. Topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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LD ARCH 299 Individual Research 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Research work conducted preparatory to completion of the thesis or professional project as well as other approved research. A maximum of six units will be counted toward the M.L.A degree. The six units allows for four units maximum for thesis or professional project research, and two units maximum for other approved research. See departmental information sheet for other limitations.

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LD ARCH 300 Supervised Teaching in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Supervised teaching experience in undergraduate courses. Regular meetings with faculty sponsor. See departmental sheet for other limitations.

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LD ARCH 301 Methods of Teaching in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2009
This course presents general pedagogical principles and methods adapted to teaching in the fields of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and environmental sciences. The format varies from week to week, but involves presentations by faculty and experienced graduate student instructors (GSIs), guided discussions, sharing of teaching experiences for current GSIs, discussion of readings on effective teaching, viewing of videos, and presentation
by GSIs of sections for upcoming weeks. Required of all graduate students to be eligible for appointment as GSIs; may be taken concurrently with first GSI position for entering students. Topics include learning objectives, lesson plans, active learning, group learning, classroom diversity, assessing student learning, giving constructive feedback, teaching in the studio environment, engaging students through field exercises, grading, and composing effective tests.
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LD ARCH 375 Methods of Teaching in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014
This course presents general pedagogical principles and methods adapted to teaching in the fields of landscape architecture, environmental planning, and environmental sciences. The format varies from week to week, but involves presentations by faculty and experienced graduate student instructors (GSIs), guided discussions, sharing of teaching experiences for current GSIs, discussion of readings on effective teaching, viewing of videos, and presentation by
GSIs of sections for upcoming weeks. Required of all graduate students to be eligible for appointment as GSIs; may be taken concurrently with first GSI position for entering students. Topics include learning objectives, lesson plans, active learning, group learning, classroom diversity, assessing student learning, giving constructive feedback, teaching in the studio environment, engaging students through field exercises, grading, and composing effective tests.
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LD ARCH 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study for final degree requirements in consultation with adviser.

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LD ARCH 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Danika Cooper, Assistant Professor.

Iryna Dronova, Assistant Professor.

Kristina Hill, Associate Professor.

Richard L. Hindle, Assistant Professor. Patents, landscape architecture, ecology, technology, innovation, fabrication, horticulture.
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Walter J. Hood, Professor. Urban design, community development, landscape architecture, environmental planning, landscape design, citizen participation, design of architecture and landscape.
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G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor. Ecological restoration, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, environmental geology, environmental impact assessment, riparian zone management.
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John Lund Kriken, Adjunct Professor.

Karl Kullmann, Associate Professor. Landscape and urban design, landscape and urban theory, digital representation.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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David Meyer, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Louise A. Mozingo, Professor.

John Radke, Associate Professor. City and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, geographic information systems, database design and construction, spatial analysis, pattern recognition computational morphology.
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Chip Sullivan, Professor.

Lecturers

Jennifer Brooks, Lecturer.

Joan Chaplick, Lecturer.

Agostino Di Tommaso, Lecturer.

Andrea Gaffney, Lecturer.

Susan Goltsman, Lecturer.

Daniel S. Iacofano, Lecturer.

Brian R. Jencek, Lecturer.

Dawn A. Kooyumjian, Lecturer.

Michael M. Lamb, Lecturer.

Kelley D. Lemon, Lecturer.

Blaine Andrew Merker, Lecturer.

Tim Mollette-Parks, Lecturer.

Paul P. Peninger, Lecturer.

Erik Prince, Lecturer.

Kimberlee Stryker, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, landscape architecture, environmental planning, medium-density housing, public housing modernization, public open-space design, children_ _s environments, housing for the elderly.
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Randolph T. Hester, Professor Emeritus.

Linda L. Jewell, Professor Emerita. Urban design, landscape architecture, environmental planning, landscapes and structures, on-site design decisions, site planning, sustainable construction.
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+ Joe R. McBride, Professor Emeritus. Urban forestry, forest ecology.
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Robert H. Twiss, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-9335

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Department Chair and Head Graduate Adviser

Louise Mozingo, MLA

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-2965

lmozingo@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Renee Chow, MArch, SBAD

366 Wurster Hall

rychow@berkeley.edu

Landscape Architecture Major Adviser

Omar Ramirez

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0926

oramirez@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Tony Tieu

206 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2965

laepgrad@berkeley.edu

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