Landscape Architecture

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Berkeley's undergraduate curriculum in Landscape Architecture centers upon creative and ecologically tuned design and introduces students to the breadth of knowledge common to the profession. This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Landscape Architecture and provides the necessary education for students interested in entry-level professional practice.

At the heart of the undergraduate curriculum are three core studios: LD ARCH 101, LD ARCH 102, and LD ARCH 103. The core studios ensure that undergraduate students benefit from the department's full range of interests and expertise.

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 (U.N.E.) as well as for the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) for licensure. Please visit the Landscape Architects Technical Committee and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards for more information about licensure in California.

Admission to the Major

Students must declare one of the CED majors at the time of application to the College. However, current UC Berkeley students may apply to change into the College of Environmental Design. Transfer applicants must complete two years worth of lower division coursework to be considered for admission to CED. For information regarding admission to the major for freshman, transfer students, and current students who wish to change majors or colleges, please see the College of Environmental Design (CED) page in this Bulletin, or the CED website.

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Minor Program

This program introduces students to conceptual issues of landscape architecture. Open to all majors at UC Berkeley except Landscape Architecture.

Other Minors Offered by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

The Department sponsors a minor in Sustainable Design, in conjunction with the Department of Architecture. For further information regarding this minor program, please see the program's page in this Guide.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All lower division courses taken in fulfillment of major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  2. Courses taken to fulfill lower division major requirements may also be used to fulfill Seven-Course Breadth.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
  4. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken at UC Berkeley is required for graduation.
  5. Courses used to fulfill an upper division major requirement may not simultaneously fulfill a breadth requirement.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Major Requirements

Freshman and sophomore year (three courses)

LD ARCH 1Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity4
Physical Science: Select one course from the following 1
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
and Field Study in Environmental Sciences (if taken prior to Fall 2011)
The Planet Earth
Environmental Earth Sciences
Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Introductory Physics
Descriptive Introduction to Physics
Biological Science: Select one course from the following: 2
General Biology Lecture and Laboratory
The Biosphere
Environmental Biology
Sierra Nevada Ecology
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development
Plants, Agriculture, and Society
The (Secret) Life of Plants
Bioenergy
1

 This course simultaneously satisfies the physical science breadth requirement (see the College Requirements tab).

2

 This course simultaneously satisfies the biological sScience breadth requirement (see the College Requirements tab).

Upper Division Major Requirements

Twelve courses.

LD ARCH 101Fundamentals of Landscape Design5
LD ARCH 102Case Studies in Landscape Design5
LD ARCH 103Energy, Fantasy, and Form5
LD ARCH 110Ecological Analysis3
LD ARCH 110LEcological Analysis Laboratory2
LD ARCH 112Landscape Plants: Identification and Use4
LD ARCH 120Topographic Form and Design Technology3
LD ARCH 121Design in Detail: Introduction to Landscape Materials and Construction4
LD ARCH 134ADrawing Workshop 13
LD ARCH 134BDrawing Workshop II3
LD ARCH 135The Art of Landscape Drawing3
LD ARCH 170History and Literature of Landscape Architecture3

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a letter grade of C- or above.
  2. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA in the upper division requirements for the minor.
  3. Any course used in fulfillment of minor requirements may also be used to fulfill major and upper division CED non-major requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill a breadth requirement may also be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  5. Students may apply the non-CED version of a CED cross-listed course towards the minor.
  6. Students may use up to two courses taken abroad to fulfill upper division minor requirements, with faculty approval of the individual courses.

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Minor ​Requirements

Lower Division (Choose one from list)
ENV DES 1Introduction to Environmental Design3
LD ARCH 1Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity4
LD ARCH 12Environmental Science for Sustainable Development4
Upper Division (Choose five from list)
LD ARCH 110Ecological Analysis3
LD ARCH 111Plants in Design3
LD ARCH 130Sustainable Landscapes and Cities4
LD ARCH 135The Art of Landscape Drawing3
LD ARCH 136Advanced Landscape Delineation3
LD ARCH 140Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design3
LD ARCH 141ACThe American Landscape: Multicultural Difference and Diversity3
LD ARCH 170History and Literature of Landscape Architecture3
LD ARCH/AMERSTD C171The American Designed Landscape Since 18503
LD ARCH C177GIS and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis4
LD ARCH C188Geographic Information Systems4

College Requirements

For College Requirements, please refer to the College of Environmental Design.

Plan of Study

Each student’s plan will vary, depending on interests. Students should see their adviser if they are interested in applying for graduate school, studying abroad, attending summer school, pursuing a minor or second major, or anything else. 

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the Major Requirements tab.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENV DES 13Reading & Composition B4
Reading & Composition A4-6ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (Must complete 2 of 3 to graduate)3
Bio Sci for Major (fills Breadth #1, BS)3-4Phys Sci for Major (fills Breadth #2, PS)2-4
Elective, if needed to reach 12 units2Breadth #33-4
 12-15 12-15
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (Must complete 2 of 3 to graduate)3LD ARCH 14
Breadth #43-4ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (Must complete 2 of 3 to graduate)3
Breadth #53-4Breadth #63-4
Elective, if needed to reach 12 units3Breadth #73-4
 12-14 13-15
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
LD ARCH 1015LD ARCH 1025
LD ARCH 1103LD ARCH 1703
LD ARCH 110L2LD ARCH 1124
LD ARCH 134A3CED Upper Div Non-Major #12-4
LD ARCH 134B3 
 16 14-16
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
LD ARCH 1035LD ARCH 1214
LD ARCH 1203CED Upper Div Non-Major #22-4
LD ARCH 1353CED Upper Div Non-Major #32-4
American Cultures or elective, if needed1-4LD ARCH 160 (or elective if needed to reach 12 units)3
 12-15 11-15
Total Units: 102-121

Students must complete 120 units to graduate. 

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals of the Major

  • To communicate effectively in graphic, written, and verbal formats.
  • To understand the relationship of the history and theory of landscape architecture.
  • To acquire knowledge of the basic fundamentals of environmental design, particularly the implications of social and natural factors.
  • To apply design principles in a range of sites and scales.

Advising

The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising provides a wide array of programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students, as well as to students in other colleges who are pursuing CED minors or taking CED courses. The professional advising team assists students with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

Advising Staff

Architecture Major Adviser Rhommel Canare
250 Wurster Hall
rhommel.canare@berkeley.edu
510-642-4944

Landscape Architecture Major Adviser Omar Ramirez
250 Wurster Hall
oramirez@berkeley.edu
510-642-0926

Sustainable Environmental Design Major Adviser Nancy Trinh
250 Wurster Hall
nantrinh@berkeley.edu
510-642-0928

Urban Studies Major Adviser Omar Ramirez
250 Wurster Hall
oramirez@berkeley.edu
510-642-0926

College Evaluator Nancy Trinh
250 Wurster Hall
nantrinh@berkeley.edu
510-642-0928

Undergraduate Advising Director Susan Hagstrom
250 Wurster Hall
hagstrom@berkeley.edu
510-642-0408

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Renee Chow
382D Wurster Hall
rychow@berkeley.edu

Advising Hours

Fall/spring: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon (office opens at 9 a.m.) and 1 to 4 p.m.
Summer: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Address

Office of Undergraduate Advising
College of Environmental Design
250 Wurster Hall #1800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800
510-642-4943

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. To schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor or for more information on CED CSC, please click here.

Office of Undergraduate Advising

Mission

The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising helps students graduate in a timely way with a meaningful educational experience at Berkeley. In alignment with the College's Vision and Principles, the Office collaborates with CED faculty, deans, and student service units across campus toward the common objective of supporting students as they achieve their educational and career goals. The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Attract a highly-motivated, diverse pool of applicants.
  • Connect students with resources that match their goals and aspirations.
  • Support the development and transformation of undergraduates as they become educated, active and socially just citizens of the world.
  • Prepare graduates who are uniquely qualified and highly sought after in their field of choice.

Advising Values

Student Success. Above all, CED dedicates itself to maximizing student potential and to helping students succeed in their University experiences. CED encourages students to explore their minds and their hearts, challenge them to do their best work, and help them realize their talents and passions and achieve their goals.

Equity & Inclusion. CED is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. The Office of Undergraduate Advising aspires to provide fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of all.

Health & Well-Being. Collaboration with campus partners keeps the CED community healthy by helping students balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, and environmental aspects of life.

Advising Excellence. In all that it does, CED strives to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality by seeking to continuously educate itself on developments in the field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Academic Opportunities

Student Groups and Organizations

The college provides opportunities for students to be involved in student chapters of professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIAS), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), as well as other student groups like the Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association (CASA), Global Architecture Brigades, and more. For information regarding student groups, please see the Getting Involved page of the CED website.

Study Abroad

The College of Environmental Design (CED) encourages all undergraduates in the college to study abroad. Whether students are interested in fulfilling general education requirements, taking courses related to their major/career, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to them, Berkeley Study Abroad will work with students to make it happen. For information about Study Abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. For further information, please see the CED Career Services website.

Prizes and Awards

CED offers a number of annual prizes, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants to its currently enrolled students. Some of these prizes and awards are college-wide, and some are geared toward students in specific majors. For general information regarding CED prizes and awards, including application instructions and a deadline calendar, please click here.

CED Events and Exhibits Calendar

CED and Wurster Hall is home to a variety of events, lectures, and exhibitions that welcome professors, professionals, and friends to the college to discuss and celebrate the community and professions. Through events and media CED is constantly creating ways to keep the college connected and up-to-date. To view this calendar, please click here.

CED on Facebook

CED on Twitter

Cal Design Lab

The Cal Design Lab at Wurster Hall is an experimental studio space to promote hands-on, interdisciplinary design activities. Faculty and students from UC Berkeley's many schools and departments can come together at the Cal Design Lab to work on critical design challenges. The goal of the lab is to be a nexus for design research and practice, and to facilitate discourse that transcends different design disciplines. For further information, please see the Cal Design Lab's website.

CED Lecture Series

The departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning each sponsor 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 these lecture series, please see the CED website.

CED Connects

CED CONNECTS is an online LinkedIn networking resource connecting CED students with alumni who might provide advice, information, and support. As a student, you can gain perspective on your long-term career goals; acquire advice on balancing education, career, and extracurricular activities; and receive honest feedback and encouragement.

Research Opportunities, Internships, Public Service, and Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising website for additional opportunities.

Courses

Landscape Architecture

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: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
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 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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LD ARCH 39A Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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LD ARCH 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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LD ARCH 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Fall 2015
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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, Fall 2010
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 131 Implementation of Sustainable Landscape Design 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2013 10 Week Session, Summer 2013 8 Week Session
Course will explore Bay Area built landscape projects intended to promote sustainable landscapes and urban environments. Site visits plus lectures/discussion. Instructor to present specific problems and how policy, planning, and design can address them. Site visits allow students to examine issues and solutions for sustainable environments. Class meetings include discussion with designers and policy makers as well as readings.

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LD ARCH 132 Computer Applications in Environmental Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
This course introduces students to the use of computers in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. It develops applied computing skills in Web publishing, Computer Aides Design (CAD), image scanning, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). CAD is emphasized in the first half of the semester and includes: 2D and 3D modeling, object rendering, integration of images, fly-through movies, and solar studies. The rest of the semester expands
spatial design, graphics, and virtual modeling by integrating support information from geographic information systems (GIS), digital ortho-photos (DOP/DOQ), and global positioning systems (GPS). Lecture time is spent discussing problems and solutions of data: acquisition, accuracy, representation, modeling, and communication in landscape design. The lab/studio seeks innovative application of technology to medium- to large-scale landscape design problems. The focus of the lab/studio varies from semester to semester, but typical topics include garden design, park design, neighborhood design, open space design, and others.
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LD ARCH 132A Computer Applications for Environmental Design 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
This course consists of both a lecture and a "hands-on" laboratory session each week. The lecture is structured as a seminar in which the instructor and students discuss problems and CAD solutions in landscape design. The laboratory provides a practical introduction to some tools for spatial data manipulation in CAD.

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LD ARCH 134A Drawing Workshop 1 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2014
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 138 Analysis of Metropolitan Form 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010
The extraordinary cultural diversity of San Francisco Bay Area shapes the everyday experience of most of it residents. We discuss the process of urbanization in the context of history, culture, and natural resources to better understand how the region is expected to accommodarte its share of California's growing population, while addressing the human-induced consequences of climate change, and strategies for overcoming social and functional
segreagation - visions for a sustainable region.
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LD ARCH 138AC The Metropolitan Landscape 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013
The extraordinary cultural diversity of San Francisco Bay Area shapes the everyday experience of most of its residents. We discuss the process of urbanization in the context of history, culture, and natural resources to better understand how the region is expected to accommodate its share of California's growing population, while addressing the human-induced consequences of climate change, and strategies for overcoming social and functional segregation--visions
for a sustainable region.
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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 141AC The American Landscape: Multicultural Difference and Diversity 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course will compare and contrast the nature of African American, American Indian, and European American relationships with the American Landscape. Traditional patterns of land use within each subculture will be explored, and juxtaposed against prevailing theory and ideology. Social patterns of use, perception, attached meaning and sense of place, and the transformation of the environment as the result of social change are some of the topics
to be discussed.
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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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 Contemporary Approaches To Visualization and Communication in Landscape Architecture 3 Units

Terms offered: 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: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
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: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply.

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

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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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

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 Minor Program Faculty Adviser

Louise Mozingo

202 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-2965

lmozingo@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Major Head

Chip Sullivan

302 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-2938

csully@berkeley.edu

Landscape Architecture Major/Minor Adviser

Omar Ramirez

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0926

oramirez@berkeley.edu

College Evaluator

Nancy Trinh

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

nantrinh@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Renee Chow

366 Wurster Hall

rychow@berkeley.edu

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Susan Hagstrom

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0408

hagstrom@berkeley.edu

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