Summer Quarter

The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to provide the following summer courses for 2016. Current students looking for electives, prospective students interested in the landscape architecture program, and individuals seeking educational enrichment opportunities are welcome to enroll. Some courses run for only half of the summer quarter while others last the whole term. The quarter ends in late August, leaving ample time for a break before classes resume in the autumn.  Registration begins: April 11. Registration ends: May 18.

This year the following classes will be offered:

  • LARCH 300: Introduction to Landscape Architecture (6 credits) VLPA
    Full Term: June 20 – August 19 2016
    T/Th  11:30am-5:40pm, Gould 312

This course introduces students to the history, design process and environmental concerns pertaining to the field of landscape architecture. Through course assignments, students will acquire design and graphic skills for the development of analysis, conceptual and representational drawings. Students will engage in critiques that encourage an understanding of design values and build fundamental verbal and graphic communication skills.
Course Instructor: Sara Jacobs
This is a prerequisite course for students applying to the BLA program.
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  • LARCH 498 Neighborhood Design Studio: A Moveable Fea(s)t: (Re)connecting the Mobile City
    Full Term: June 20 – August 19 2016
    MWF 1:10-5:10p, Gould 312

In the course of the past 75 years, the freeway system in the United States has entirely re-shaped our cities. While highways have served to build economies and improve mobility, they have also destroyed historic neighborhoods, displaced low-income and diverse communities, and contributed to deteriorating human and ecological health.

How can we as landscape architects address the effect of the highway in the city? At the core of this studio investigation will be the Seattle I-5 corridor from downtown to Northgate. How does I-5 function as a corridor? As a barrier? How does it connect or divide people? How does it define or devastate neighborhood identity? Does it increase or diminish ecological or cultural complexity? What historic models can we draw on for rethinking the use of roads and bridges? What present or future technologies could provide or restore the vital cultural and ecosystem services and flows? How can other modalities of movement—pedestrian, bicycle, transit, energy, materials, water, information, etc.—be encouraged, expanded or created anew within or beyond the footprint of this corridor? In what ways are Seattle and other cities like Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York and elsewhere rethinking the place of people in the city? How do we build resilient cities by protecting, augmenting or inventing strong connections and frameworks human, economic and ecological health? How can we use the highway—once a divider of cities—as a catalyst for repairing the urban fabric? How can we re-knit neighborhoods?
Course Instructor: Elizabeth Umbanhowar
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  • LARCH 498A/598A Reading the Elwha: Exploring social, cultural, and biophysical transitions in the Elwha Watershed (4 credits)
    Partial B Term: July 21 planning meeting,  July 25th – 29th, 2016 field trip.

This one-week field course located in the Elwha River Watershed on the Olympic Peninsula examines the social, ecological, and economic impacts of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Each day students will explore different portions of the watershed and speak with officials and community members engaged in the dam removal process. Students enrolled in this course will travel to the Olympic Peninsula and spend five days tracing the river course of the Elwha River by reading and recording their observations. Students will be camping at designated sites and are asked to bring their own provisions. Transportation will be provided.
Course Instructor: Ken Yocom
Please contact instructor at for more information.  Informational meeting:  TBA.

  • LARCH 495/URBDP 498C/598C Mexico Field Studies: Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
    A Term: June 21st – 28th, 2016

Course Description forthcoming.
Course Instructor: Fritz Wagner, Regent Cabana
Please contact instructor at