Landscape Architecture, Department of

William C. Sullivan, Head of Department
101 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 East Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-0176
http://landarch.illinois.edu

Email: ladept@illinois.edu
Coordinator: Carol Emmerling-DiNovo

101 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 East Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-0176
Fax: (217) 244-4568

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers a four-plus-year undergraduate curriculum, leading to the professional degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture as well as a minor in Landscape Studies. The degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

The curriculum is a balanced program of technical, design, and general education courses that prepare the student with the necessary skills for entry-level professional practice in private offices or public agencies. Program requirements include design studio courses and classes in construction, plants, history, and design communication. Following the third year, students complete a professional internship to further advance their knowledge of built landscapes and the practice of landscape architecture. The curriculum also includes a minimum of 12 hours of credit in supporting electives that are taken in related art and science courses. A total of 124 semester hours of credit is required for graduation.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

A student must have and maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average and a 2.50 technical GPA based on grades in the following courses:

LA 233Foundation Design Studio5
LA 234Site Design Studio5
LA 241Landform Design & Construction3
LA 250Environmental Site Analysis3
LA 280Design Communications I3
LA 281Design Communications II3
LA 314History of World Landscapes4

University of Illinois transfer applicants must have completed 30 or more semester hours of undergraduate course work with an earned GPA of at least 2.0 (A = 4.0). Transfer students from other institutions must have earned a GPA of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0). Prerequisite credits in composition and pre-calculus are required. Courses in physical geography and plant or environmental biology are highly recommended.

The department's administrative office, upper-level studios, faculty offices, and classrooms are located in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The sophomore studio is located in Mumford Hall.

Curriculum in Landscape Architecture

For the Degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

First Year
First SemesterHours
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
GEOG 103, GEOL 100, or GEOL 1031Earth's Physical Systems3-4
RHET 105Writing and Research4
MATH 115Preparation for Calculus3
General Education Elective or Foreign Language3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
Social/Cultural Factors in Design Elective33
IB 103 or 1051Introduction to Plant Biology3
General Education Electives29
 Semester Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
LA 233Foundation Design Studio5
LA 250Environmental Site Analysis3
LA 280Design Communications I3
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
General Education Elective3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
LA 234Site Design Studio5
LA 241Landform Design Construction3
LA 281Design Communications II3
LA 314History of World Landscapes4
 Semester Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
LA 335Community Open Space Studio5
LA 342Site Engineering4
HORT 301Woody Landscape Plants I4
LA 346Professional Practice2
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
LA 336Design Workshop Studio I5
LA 343Landscape Construction4
General Education Elective 3
Supporting Elective43
 Semester Hours15
Summer Semester
LA 345Professional Internship5
 Semester Hours5
Fourth Year
First Semester
LA 437Regional Design Studio5
LA 452Natural Precedent in Planting3
Supporting elective43
Quantitative Reasoning II 3
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
LA 438Design Workshop Studio II5
Supporting electives46
Elective2
 Semester Hours13
 Total Hours: 126
1

IB 103 or IB 105 and GEOG 103/GEOL 100, GEOL 103 fulfill the natural sciences and technology general education requirements for this curriculum.

2

General Education: See current University of Illinois General Education requirements. Foreign Language Requirement 0 - 12 hours: Students entering the University of Illinois as freshmen in fall 2000 or later need to complete the foreign language requirement in order to graduate. To satisfy this requirement, students must complete a third semester level college foreign language course. This requirement may also be satisfied by three years of the same foreign language in high school. Students entering the University of Illinois without three years of the same foreign language in high school must take a foreign language placement test to determine the courses in which to enroll.

3

Social/Cultural factors elective course options are LA 212LA 218, LA 220, LA 222, LA 242, LA 270, and LA 470.

4

A minimum of 12 credit hours of professionally related courses selected from the department's recommended list of supporting electives is required, with a minimum of three credit hours in each of the categories of history, communications, techniques, and environment.

Landscape Studies Minor

The Minor in Landscape Studies enables students to gain considerable knowledge of the ecological, social, cultural and historical factors that have shaped landscapes of the western and non-western world. Students interested in integrative studies of the natural, cultural and built environment, and those concerned with landscape as context for art and design, will develop a comprehensive theoretical framework for work in their major field of study.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 17 credit hours from the following three categories is required for completion of the minor. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300-level is required.

Studies of the Professions Engaged in Landscape Inquiry
LA 101Introduction to Landscape Arch2
Studies of the Professions Engaged in Landscape Inquiry
Select a minimum of 6 hours from the following:6
Water and Society
Environmental Site Analysis
Behavioral Factors in Design
Environmental Sustainability
Study of Historical and Cultural Landscapes
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following:9
S Asian Cultural Landscapes
Exploring African Cities
History of the Prison
Islamic Gardens & Architecture
Nature and American Culture
History of World Landscapes
History of Modern Lndscpe Arch
Independent Study
Amer Vernacular Cultural Land
Social/Cultural Design Issues

Students are permitted to substitute one Landscape Architecture course from category 3 for one of the courses in category 2 upon the approval of the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Admission

University of Illinois students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and completion of the campus Composition I requirement are eligible for admission. Applicants from other institutions must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must declare their intentions and be admitted to the program by the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Prerequisites

Students must comply with any prerequisite requirements of courses to be taken under this program.

Advising

Advising of students in the minor will be conducted by the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Certification of Successful Completion

Completion of the Minor in Landscape Studies will be certified by the student's home college office.

LA Class Schedule

Courses

LA 101   Introduction to Landscape Arch   credit: 2 Hours.

Introduction to primary concepts and methods of landscape inquiry as a means to understand experiential qualities of landscape and to guide landscape design and planning projects.

LA 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. May be repeated.

LA 212   Water and Society   credit: 3 Hours.

A comparative investigation of built landscapes and hydraulic resources through history. Examines problems of water scarcity, abundance and changes in ecology, human social organization, economy, law, and cultural values related to natural water conditions and human management. Comparative case studies include the ancient Near East and modern Middle East, ancient and modern Egypt, the Roman empire, Peru, the Netherlands, South Asia, Illinois River basin, and the American West.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LA 218   S Asian Cultural Landscapes   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of Hindu, Buddist, and Islamic landscapes of South Asia. Examines urban structures, building typologies, and open space types through history as influenced by concepts of the natural, sacred, political, and social. Same as ASST 218.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

LA 220   Exploring African Cities   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the buildings, landscapes, and societies of pre-colonial, sub-Saharan African cities from the third century BCE until the nineteenth century CE. Same as ANTH 223.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

LA 221   History of the Prison   credit: 3 Hours.

History of prison architecture, landscapes, and carceral regimes from ancient times until the present. Topics include: philosophy of punishment, the invention of the modern prison, the advent of mass incarceration, and 21st century geographies of incarceration. The course focuses on the western experience, but also includes international examples, e.g. from China, East Africa, and Japan. Interdisciplinary approach includes readings in architectural history, urban planning, sociology, philosophy, psychology, history, and landscape studies. Same as AFRO 221 and HIST 219.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LA 222   Islamic Gardens & Architecture   credit: 3 Hours.

Study of the formation, history, and meaning of the landscape and architecture of the Islamic world. Same as ARCH 222.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

LA 233   Foundation Design Studio   credit: 5 Hours.

Introduction to the fundamentals of design, including studies in two- and three-dimensional abstract and applied problems, basic elements and procedures of design, and principles of landscape composition. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in LA 280 or consent of instructor.

LA 234   Site Design Studio   credit: 5 Hours.

Site as the fundamental unit of landscape design. Involves ecological, cultural and experiential understanding of sites, and the creation of place-specific designs. Field trip required. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: LA 233 or consent of instructor.

LA 241   Landform Design & Construction   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to landform design, drainage, stormwater management, surveying, and materials. Prerequisite: MATH 014 or 016.

LA 242   Nature and American Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 282, RST 242, and NRES 242. See RST 242.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LA 250   Environmental Site Analysis   credit: 3 Hours.

Principles and practices of identifying, analyzing, and recording landscape resources. Field trip required. Prerequisite: GEOL 100, 101, 103 or GEOG 103 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Physical Sciences

LA 270   Behavioral Factors in Design   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces the impacts of cultural and social factors, such as age, gender, physical ability, economic status, ethnicity and how people interact with the environment. Reading assignments, short exercises, field trips, and evaluation of space will enable students to evaluate and potentially design more socially and ecologically responsive environments.

LA 280   Design Communications I   credit: 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of visual communication in the design process and presentation for landscape architecture. Includes freehand and constructed drawing, color, media, and models. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in LA 233.

LA 281   Design Communications II   credit: 3 Hours.

Advanced principles and techniques of visual communication in landscape architectural rendering, emphasizing computer-based techniques. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in LA 234; completion of LA 280 and completion of campus Composition I general education requirement or consent of instructor.

LA 301   Senior Honors   credit: 1 to 6 Hours.

Independent guided study and research in a selected area of landscape architecture; for candidates for honors in landscape architecture. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing in landscape architecture, a university grade-point average of 3.0, and consent of head of department.

LA 314   History of World Landscapes   credit: 4 Hours.

Analysis of the development of landscape architecture as a result of environmental and cultural influences. Same as ARCH 314.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LA 315   History of Modern Lndscpe Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

A selected overview of developments in landscape architecture in the western world from 1900 to the present. Prerequisite: LA 314.

LA 335   Community & Open Space Studio   credit: 5 Hours.

Development of design solutions at site and master plan scale relative to community, urban and open space problems; emphasizes development of analysis and design techniques to integrate physical context of place with social context. Field trip required. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: LA 234 or consent of instructor.

LA 336   Design Workshop Studio I   credit: 5 Hours.

Project design at various scales utilizing problems of a wide range of complexity and subject matter; rural, community, and urban problems, housing, recreation, and natural areas; emphasizes problem analysis and generation of innovative design alternatives. Students select from several sections depending on specific interests. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: LA 335 or consent of instructor.

LA 342   Site Engineering   credit: 4 Hours.

Principles of site engineering including landform design, stormwater management, site surveying, circulation systems and site utility planning. Prerequisite: LA 241 and college trigonometry; or consent of instructor.

LA 343   Landscape Construction   credit: 4 Hours.

Construction methods, materials, and procedures related to the design of landscape structures; development of design details and cost estimating. Prerequisite: LA 342 or consent of instructor.

LA 345   Professional Internship   credit: 0 to 10 Hours.

Professionally supervised field experience in design offices and public agencies intended to introduce students to practice. Students work in the department-approved firm or agency of their choice. Seventy five hours of employment is required for each one hour of course credit. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. Prerequisite: Upper division undergraduate standing or consent of instructor.

LA 346   Professional Practice   credit: 2 Hours.

Study of the profession of landscape architecture including an introduction to modes of practice, career evolution, organizational theory, office procedures, project management and professional ethics. Field trip required. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

LA 370   Environmental Sustainability   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the challenges of creating a sustainable world. Examines: a) trends and conditions of the earth's major ecosystems, b) ways in which our economic system has created levels of consumption that threaten sustainability, c) the extent to which equity and justice contribute to sustainable systems, and d) evidence demonstrating how human creativity and innovation can create a more sustainable world. Same as ENSU 300 and NRES 370.

LA 390   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 6 Hours.

Supervised independent study, research, or special project in a selected area related to landscape architecture. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; consent of instructor and head of department prior to advance enrollment and registration.

LA 399   Off-Campus Study   credit: 0 to 15 Hours.

Provides campus credit for off-campus study. Approved for letter and S/U grading. (Summer session, 0 to 6 undergraduate hours). Final determination of appropriate credit is made by a faculty review committee upon completion of the student's work. Maximum credit, 15 hours (summer session, 6 hours), all of which must be earned within one term. Prerequisite: Junior standing; prior review and approval of the student's written proposal by a faculty committee and the department head.

LA 427   Amer Vernacular Cultural Land   credit: 4 Hours.

Focuses on vernacular structures in the cultural landscape, especially common houses, barns, and commercial and industrial structures; examines origin and geographical diffusion of vernacular architecture in the United States. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

LA 437   Regional Design Studio   credit: 5 Hours.

Ecological design and planning studio emphasizing team approaches to design development and evaluation using current human and environmental research results. Projects require field work, analysis, problem-solving, and advanced design and presentation products. 5 undergraduate hours. 5 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LA 336 or consent of instructor.

LA 438   Design Workshop Studio II   credit: 3 to 6 Hours.

Project design at various scales utilizing problems of a wide range of complexity and subject matter; rural, community, and urban problems, housing, recreation, and natural areas; and emphasizes problem analysis and generation of innovative design alternatives. The student selects from several sections depending on specific interests. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. 5 undergraduate hours. 3 to 6 graduate hours. May be repeated. Prerequisite: LA 336 or consent of instructor.

LA 441   Land Resource Evaluation   credit: 4 Hours.

Examines concepts for the value of land, land resource problems and policy responses, methods for evaluating land resource development and policy alternatives, and case studies of land resource evaluation. Same as UP 441. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

LA 450   Ecology for Land Restoration   credit: 4 Hours.

Ecological implications of alternative land use patterns; equipment, field techniques, and nomenclature in current use by environmental consultants; and elements of a baseline ecosystem study. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

LA 452   Natural Precedent in Planting   credit: 3 Hours.

Biogeography; identification of native species, uses of native plants in the landscape; and restoration and planting design projects. Field trips required. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Prerequisite: HORT 302 or consent of instructor.

LA 453   Cultural Precedent in Planting   credit: 3 Hours.

Planting design issues; historic precedent and contemporary comprehensive design projects; management practices; technical documents; and plant use and identification. Field trips required. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LA 452.

LA 470   Social/Cultural Design Issues   credit: 3 Hours.

Critical discussion of notions and theories pertaining to the reciprocal effects of landscape architectural design and human behavior. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.