Landscape Architecture

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

(Department of Human Ecology – Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences)

Department Office. Department of Human Ecology; 131 Hunt Hall; 530-752-3907; http://lda.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://humanecology.ucdavis.edu/lda/people/faculty.htm

Landscape architecture is the planning and design of land areas where human use requires adaptation or conservation of the environment. Students who study landscape architecture are concerned about the welfare of the environment and the people who use and shape it. They are capable of solving physical problems and are able to visualize and think in terms of spaces and three-dimensional concepts. The program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) which is the only organization professionally sanctioned to grant landscape architectural accreditations in the United States. The program was last reviewed in 2012.

The Program. The curriculum balances creativity and visual and spatial skills with technological expertise and a thorough background in physical, natural, and social sciences. Students develop proficiency at problem solving relating to design of parks, public spaces, energy-efficient neighborhoods, land reclamation projects, city and regional planning, and landscape planning for wilderness and scenic regions, coastal and riparian environments, and other sensitive land areas. The program stresses a process-oriented approach to design and emphasizes environmental and community values.

Preparatory Requirements. Students are admitted to the landscape architecture major only after submitting a portfolio for review and selection by the faculty.

Career Alternatives. Graduates may find jobs in private landscape architectural firms or public agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations employing landscape architects. The landscape architecture major provides the student with excellent preparation for graduate school or career development in a wide range of environmental and design-related fields.

Graduate Study. Graduate-level landscape architecture courses are available to students pursuing graduate programs compatible with or directed toward landscape management, planning, and design issues. A Graduate Academic Certificate in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design is an option for any graduate student; see https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/programs/graduate-academic-certificates. Program faculty are active members of various graduate groups: Community Development, Geography, Transportation Technology and Policy, and Ecology. Faculty members have expertise in many areas, including landscape history, social theory, practice of public space design, historic landscape preservation, city and regional planning, community participation in urban landscape design, landscape ecology, conservation planning, resource management, bioregionalism, and regenerative landscape systems. Graduate students pursue more focused interests, expanding their professional expertise and/or conducting advanced research in landscape architecture correlated disciplines. 

Advising Center. See Sharla Cheney, 135 Hunt Hall; 530-754-8628; scheney@ucdavis.edu.

Major Advisor. Steve Greco

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 76-79
English Writing
4
CMN 001
Introduction to Public Speaking (Active)
4
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
ENH 006
Introduction to Environmental Plants (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
STA 013
Elementary Statistics (Active)
4
ECS 010
Introduction to Programming (Discontinued)
4
Choose one:
3-5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
3-5
CHE 010
Concept of Chemistry (Active)
4
PHY 001A
Principles of Physics (Active)
3
PHY 010
Topics in Physics for Nonscientists (Active)
4
GEL 001
The Earth (Active)
4
SSC 010
Soils in Our Environment (Active)
3
Choose two courses satisfying Social Sciences general education requirement.
8
Choose two courses satisfying Arts and Humanities general education requirement.
8
LDA 001
Introduction to Environmental Design (Active)
4
LDA 002
Place, Culture and Community (Active)
4
LDA 003
Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice (Active)
4
LDA 021
Landscape Representation I (Active)
4
LDA 023
Landscape Representation II (Active)
3
LDA 030
History of Environmental Design (Active)
4
LDA 050
Site Ecology (Active)
4
LDA 060
Landform and Grading Studio (Active)
6
LDA 070
Introduction to Spacemaking (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 58-59
LDA 102
Methods in Design and Landscape Research (Active)
3
LDA 160
Design and Build Studio (Active)
6
LDA 161
Professional Practice and Construction Documents (Active)
6
LDA 170
Site Planning and Design Studio (Active)
6
LDA 171
Urban Design and Planning Studio (Active)
6
LDA 182
Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio I (Active)
6
LDA 183
Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio II (Active)
6
LDA 184
Capstone Landscape Architecture Studio (Active)
6
LDA 120
Landscape Representation III (Active)
3
or
LDA 150
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Active)
4
LDA 190
Proseminar in Landscape Architecture (Active)
1
ENH 133
Woody Plants in the Landscape: Growth, Ecology and Management (Active)
4
ENH 105
Taxonomy and Ecology of Environmental Plant Families (Active)
4
Restricted Electives
Units: 16
Choose 16 units of upper division courses in consultation with advisor.
16
Total: 150-154
Courses in LDA:
LDA 001Introduction to Environmental Design (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to the role of design professionals in contributing to the built environment at a range of scales. Introduction to basic methods used by design professionals to evaluate, design, plan, and manage landscapes and the built environment. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 002Place, Culture and Community (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Introduction to recognizing and reading cultural landscapes, and the application of cultural landscape meaning to the creation of contemporary built environments. Topics include patterns and influences relating to agriculture, military, transportation, housing, wilderness, recreation and tourism. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 003Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Origins, theoretical perspectives, and practical applications of the concept of sustainable development across scales (site, building, neighborhood, city, region, and nation) through lectures, sketch exercises, student projects, walking tours. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
LDA 010World Regional Geography (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Major geographic regions of the world; physical and human geography of each region; interactions between the people and the environment; culture and landscape; major resources; physical environments; population distribution and major cities. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
LDA 021Landscape Representation I (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 001 (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Pass One is restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environmental Design majors. Introduction to landscape architectural representation techniques. Fundamentals of orthographic drafting, freehand drawing, photography, and basic digital representation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 023Landscape Representation II (3) Active
Studio—6 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): LDA 021; or Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture and Landscape Architecture majors only. Instruction of methods to explore and communicate landscape design intentions through digital media (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 030History of Environmental Design (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History of Environmental Design across disciplines, including landscape architecture, planning, community and urban design. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
LDA 050Site Ecology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 002B. Pass One restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environmental Design majors. Introduction to ecological concepts, including nutrient dynamics, population regulation, community structure, ecosystem function. Principles will be applied to human activities such as biological conservation, ecological restoration, landscape planning, and management. Weekly lab devoted to field exercises in local ecosystems. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 060Landform and Grading Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving; Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): LDA 070. Pass One restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture majors. Introduction of landform and topography as landscape medium and utilization of grading and drainage to design meaningful and functional spaces. Intro to site analysis and site planning, with specific attention to topography. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SE, VL. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 061AutoCAD for Landscape Architects (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s). Pass One restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Environmental Design, and Landscape Architecture majors. Introduction of computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques and their application to landscape design. Drawing set-up, layer control, basic drawing and editing commands, dimensioning and text styles, symbol libraries, and display commands used in the creation of landscape architectural drawings. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Summer Session 1.
LDA 070Introduction to Spacemaking (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 021; or Consent of Instructor. Pass One restricted to Pre-Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environmental Design majors. Introduction to basic principles of design towards the creation of space. Design methodologies and skills to define, manipulate, and represent the built environment. Workshops in 3D physical modeling for spacemaking. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 098Directed Group Study in Landscape Architecture (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 099Special Study for Undergraduates in Landscape Architecture (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 101Advanced Theory in Environmental Design (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 070 (can be concurrent); or Consent of Instructor. Open to LDA/SED majors only. Provides exploration of contemporary theories and philosophies impacting design of landscapes and the built environment. Includes exploring competing definitions of "landscape," "nature," and "culture" (Letter.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
LDA 102Methods in Design and Landscape Research (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 171; or Consent of Instructor. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Research, design, and planning methods employed in landscape architecture. Exercises allow students to design independent landscape research. Lectures provide a historical overview of research methodology. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
LDA 120Landscape Representation III (3) Active
Studio—6 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): LDA 023; or Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors. Provides hands-on workshop environment to explore advanced representation and modeling skills. Digital drawing explored as an analytical research method and generative design technique for creating presentation graphics. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 140Green Building, Design, and Materials (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 050; LDA 070. Pass One restricted to Sustainable Environmental Design majors. Sustainable design and construction techniques at site and building scales. Emphasizes real-world case studies, analysis of opportunities for actual sites, and application of LEED and Sustainable Sites green rating systems. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, VL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 141Community Participation and Design (4) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Fieldwork—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project)—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 021; LDA 030; LDA 050; LDA 070. Restricted to Sustainable Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture majors. Introduction to community participation and design. Incorporates social and cultural factors, public and community processes, theories and practices related to human-environment behavior; community involvement in design, social analysis, community engagement, accessibility, diversity and politics of place. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, SS, VL. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
LDA 142Applying Sustainable Strategies (6) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 140; LDA 141. Restricted to Sustainable Environmental Design Majors. Capstone class examines case studies and techniques of sustainable development. Student teams will develop detailed proposals for real-world sites. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SE, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
LDA 150Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Pass One restricted to Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Environmental Design majors. Basic concepts, principles, and methods of GIS are presented. Data structures, database design, GIS data creation, GPS, and spatial analysis. Not open to credit for students who have completed ABT 180, PLS 180, ABT 181N. (Same course as ABT 150.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, VL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
LDA 160Design and Build Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s); Extensive Problem Solving; Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): LDA 001; LDA 002; LDA 003; LDA 021; LDA 030; LDA 050; LDA 070. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors. Introduction to the spatial design and construction of small-scale projects. Hands-on approach to learning and understanding materials (including wood, concrete, and stone) and methods in landscape construction, and the application of technical skills (including detailing, cost estimation, and specifications). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
LDA 161Professional Practice and Construction Documents (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s); Project (Term Project); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): LDA 171. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Legal and professional aspects of landscape architecture, including the development of construction documents (drawings and specifications), proposal writing, fee calculations, project management, cost estimation, and insurance. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 170Site Planning and Design Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s); Fieldwork. Prerequisite(s): LDA 160. Open to Landscape Architecture majors only. Application of place-making and problem-solving skills to local landscape sites. Analysis of social and environmental conditions in the field. Lectures link design projects to contemporary theories and practices. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
LDA 171Urban Design and Planning Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 170. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors. Studio designing large-scale landscapes at regional, sub-regional, and neighborhood scales. Focuses on understanding complex social, economic, and environmental factors, developing sustainability priorities and strategies, and applying them through design and policy. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 180Advanced Design and Planning Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s); Fieldwork; Extensive Problem Solving. Prerequisite(s): LDA 060; LDA 160; LDA 170; LDA 171; LDA 172. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors or consent of instructor. Application of advanced theories and methods of design and planning to real-world projects. May be repeated up to 18 Unit(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
LDA 182Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio I (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 171. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors (ALDA) or consent of instructor. Landscape architecture studio featuring advanced studies and applications of creative work, design, technology and/or theory. One day long fieldtrip required. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 183Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio II (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 182. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors (ALDA) or consent of instructor. Landscape architecture studio featuring advanced studies and applications of creative work, design, technology and/or theory. One day long field trip required. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 184Capstone Landscape Architecture Studio (6) Active
Studio—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 183. Restricted to Landscape Architecture majors or consent of instructor. Capstone studio that synthesizes learning objectives within the senior-level Landscape Architecture studio sequence. Students required to apply creative problem solving, design theory, technology, and representation skills towards a design approach that addresses complex, real-world environmental design problems. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
LDA 190Proseminar in Landscape Architecture (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Lectures and discussion of critical issues in landscape architecture. May be repeated three times for credit. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 191Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Studio (2-12) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Workshop—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 001; LDA 070; LDA 170; or Consent of Instructor. Priority to Landscape Architecture majors. Faculty initiated workshops featuring advanced studies and applications of original work in landscape architecture. May be repeated up to 20 Unit(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 192Internship in Landscape Architecture (1-12) Active
Internship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Senior standing in Landscape Architecture. Professional field experience in landscape architecture. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 193ASenior Project in Landscape Architecture (3) Active
Studio—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in Landscape Architecture. Limited enrollment. Projects will focus on a critical area of landscape architectural design, planning, planning, analysis, communication, or research. Limited enrollment. Required of all Landscape Architecture majors. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 193BSenior Project in Landscape Architecture (4) Active
Studio—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 193A; And senior standing in Landscape Architecture. Limited enrollment. Projects will focus on a critical area of landscape architectural design, planning, analysis, communication, or research. Limited enrollment. Required of all Landscape Architecture majors. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 197TTutoring in Landscape Architecture (1-5) Active
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Tutoring in Landscape Architecture courses. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 198Directed Group Study in Landscape Architecture (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates in Landscape Architecture (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 200Citizenship, Democracy, & Public Space (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduction to seminal works in political theory, philosophy, and the social sciences that focus on citizenship and the public sphere; development of critical perspective regarding restructuring of public space in a pluralistic and global culture; discussion of contemporary case studies. (Same course as GEO 230.) (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 201Theory and Philosophy of the Designed Environment (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 140; Or the equivalent; graduate standing or consent of instructor. Examines the major theories of environmental design. Epistemology of design serves as framework to examine modern landscape architecture, architecture, urban design and planning. Normative theories of design are reviewed along with the social and environmental sciences. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 202Methods in Design and Landscape Research (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Explores many of the research and advanced design and planning methods employed in landscape architecture. Exercises provide the student with a vehicle for designing independent landscape research and creative activities. Lectures provide an historical overview of research methodology. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
LDA 204Case Studies in Landscape Design and Research (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Landscape Architecture, Ecology, Geography or Community Development or consent of instructor. Real-world designed environment situations where creative activity and/or basic research is the primary product. May be repeated for credit for a total of 12 units. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 205Urban Planning and Design (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Limited to graduate students. Regulation, design, and development of the built landscape, planning and land development processes, zoning and subdivision regulation, site planning, urban design goals and methods, public participation strategies, creatively designing landscapes to meet community and ecological goals. (Same course as GEO 233.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
LDA 210Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (4) Active
Laboratory—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): LDA 113 or the equivalent; graduate standing or consent of instructor. Exposes students to real-world, designed-environment situations where creative activity and/or basic research is the primary product. Advanced landscape problems will be utilized at the site, urban or rural scale. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 215Ecologies of Infrastructure (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Open to graduate standing or consent of instructor. Focus on design practices and theory associated with ecological conceptions of infrastructure, including networked infrastructure, region, bioregion, regionalization, ecological engineering, reconciliation ecology, novel ecosystems, and theory/articulation of landscape change. (Same course as GEO 215.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
LDA 216Food and the City (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Open to graduate standing or consent of instructor. Exploration of theory and practice related to the design and planning of alternative and resilient food systems, including urban agriculture, agrihoods, and agri-/rural tourism. Includes investigation of urban-rural connections and case-studies of regional urban agriculture projects. (Letter.) Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
LDA 270Environment and Behavior (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Tutorial—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor; PSC 144 recommended. Factors that influence human's interaction with their surroundings and the mechanisms used for recognizing and addressing general and specific human needs in community design and development decisions. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 280Landscape Conservation (3) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Contact department for prerequisite courses; graduate standing or consent of instructor. Focus is on land planning, design, and management techniques to further the goal of resource preservation. Examines current critical theory in the establishment and management of conservation areas. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 290Graduate Seminar in Landscape Architecture (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Seminar on selected topics in landscape architecture research, analysis, planning, design, communication, or education. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 297Practicum in Landscape Architecture (1-10) Active
Independent Study—1-10 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Opportunity for students to work directly in the field with academics at other institutions or with professionals in an office setting. Gives experience beyond the confines of campus and allows direct interaction with the community. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 299Directed Individual Research for Graduate Students (1-12) Active
Independent Study. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
LDA 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.