LARC20150 Landscape Studio 2A

Academic Year 2021/2022

Building on the design skills learned in the first stage of the undergraduate programme in landscape architecture, this studio introduces increasingly complex private and communal spaces in urban/suburban context. Students test the design process through a series of projects each starting with research on related topics, precedents and site analysis, proceeding further to conceptual design, masterplanning and detailed design. Students continue to observe, understand and record the landscape on short field trips to sites of cultural and ecological interest in the Dublin area.
All trimester work will be assembled in a documentation and exhibited at the end of Spring.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have gained:
- increased competency in site survey and contextual analysis
- increased understanding of the design process from conceptual design to masterplanning and
detailed design
- ability to support the design process and argument through research
- continued discussion of the meaning of landscape architecture and its role in society
- increased familiarity with the use of plants in design
- increased familiarity with contemporary (European) landscapes and sites of cultural/ecological interest
- development of abstract thought
- basic familiarity with complex communal (sub)urban situations, social interaction, traffic, materiality,
and vegetation & its value
- greater competency in graphic expression/ 2-d/ 3-d conventions/ freehand sketching/ computer
drawing/model making
- competency in documenting and exhibiting studio work

Indicative Module Content:

Research, acquisition of technical skills, development of design processes, application of skills and design processes to experimental sites while working with themes and exercises intended to broaden knowledge and challenge the student to produce innovative and well considered landscape design.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing and diagramming; reflective learning; studio work; inquiry & problem-based learning; case-based learning; student presentations, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Familiarity with basic essential texts on design basics and landscape design.
Familiarity with key elements of the (Irish) landscape.
Familiarity with the basics and principles of design in landscape architecture.
Skills in library based research, site survey and contextual analysis, graphic and verbal communication.
Skills in representation techniques and graphic communication

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LARC10050 - Landscape Studio 1A, LARC10090 - Landscape studio 1B

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Interim reviews / presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Portfolio: End of semester review of semester work presented in a portfolio, a studio documentation and a contibution to the end-of year show (end of sem 2) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Attendance: Active participation and progression through semester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Assignments will be marked and marks delivered according to the academic regulations. Assessments are determined and verbal feedback is given, generally during presentations in studio; marks are delivered within 20 working days. If more than one assessor is reviewing students work, then the assessors' marks for each individual student are averaged. Individual feedback, post assessment, is given on request by students. Cumulative end-of-term-marks are delivered according to the academic regulations after review. Un-submitted presentations and assignments are marked as 0. Late assignments unless accompanied by officially registered extenuating circumstances, are marked at passing level only. Scheduled presentations are required to be on-time and to be considered as interim examinations.

Name Role
Ms Joanne Coughlan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Karen Foley Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Frieder Luz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr James Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Simon Ronan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Sophie Graefin Von Maltzan Tutor
Ms Angela Hayles Tutor
Mr Kevin Keenan 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) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 17:50