LARC10050 Landscape Studio 1A

Academic Year 2021/2022

Studio 1A focuses on aspects of large scale landscape analysis and design. Students learn to observe, understand and record the Irish landscape and its components through exercises and a 4 day study trip to sites of cultural and ecological interest. In the autumn trimester 2021 the 4 day study trip will be replaced by a series of field-trips in Co. Dublin due to the ongoing pandemic. Key elements of landscape architectural design are introduced in short lectures and are further explored in projects at different levels of abstraction. Site visits and on-site exercises develop analytical skills and spatial imagination with a focus on plants / vegetation. Research methods as well as graphic communication and model making as core skills in landscape architecture are introduced and continuously developed. A strong focus is put on the development of hand-drawing as a key communication tool in architecture / landscape architecture. Students keep a visual record of visits and project development including sketches, annotations, botanical drawings and relevant research. This notebook is maintained throughout the 4 years of study. Students will be introduced to relevant computer software.
At the end of the term all trimester work of studio 1A will be assembled in a portfolio and prepared for the landscape architecture end-of-term student showcase.
With the trimester being curtailed by 2 weeks some components of the curriculum might be condensed, omitted or moved to the following trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The understanding of different landscape elements and components derived from observations in the Irish landscape:
familiarity with different types of natural, designed and managed landscapes;
development of skills in spatial observation and recording;
preliminary understanding of landscape context and scale;
the understanding of key elements in landscape architectural design;
basic competency in site survey, analysis and representation;
ability to communicate verbally, graphically and through models essential findings / results of research, analysis and design;
ability to conduct research using the UCD library.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics addressed in this module are:
the Irish landscape - a typology;
landscape elements - topography, vegetation
design elements - space, motion, focal point;
site and context - research, survey and analysis;
strategic and conceptual design;
scale and measurement;
(hand) drawing & (model) making;
computer graphics and lay-out.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module are:
studio work;
project-based learning;
introductory lectures and demonstrations;
individual and group work;
precedent studies;
regular graphic and verbal presentations;
reflective learning.
Note: In the autumn trimester 2020 the teaching methodology will be adapted to social distancing rules due to Convit 19 restrictions. A blended teaching methodology consisting of 1to 2 face to face meetings per week in studio, field trips and online talks and tutorials will be introduced. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: active participation in studio and attendance to studio sessions Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: regular presentations/reviews of project work Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Portfolio: submission of all semester work in a portfolio and contribution to the end-of-term student showcase Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are asked to present their work to their tutors and the class on a regular basis. Their work will be discussed in class and verbal feed back will be given during the session. According to the criteria set out in the brief marks and their weighting will be released within 3 weeks after the presentation. Individual feedback will be given on request after the release of the marks.

basics of landscape architecture: history, design, graphics


Bell, Simon (20042)
Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape
London: E&FN Spon Richview, 712/BEL

Boults, Elizabeth and Chip, Sullivan (2010)
Illustrated History of Landscape Design
Hoboken New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Richview, 712.09/BOU

Dee, Catherine (2001)
Form and fabric in landscape architecture:
a visual introduction
London: Spon Press Richview, 712/DEE

Hutchison, Edward (2011)
Drawing for Landscape Architecture:
sketch to screen to site
London: Thames and Hudson Richview, 712.3/HUT

Loidl, Hans and Bernard, Stefan (2003)
Opening Spaces: design as landscape architecture
Basel: Birkhäuser Richview , 712/LOI

Lynch, Kevin, 19601
The Image of the City
London : M.I.T. Press Richview, 711.40973/LYN
Name Role
Dr Karen Foley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Victoria Kavanagh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Frieder Luz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Dom Comerford Tutor
Ms Angela Hayles Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 14:00 - 17:50