Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 4

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,

Course Coordinator: Bridget Keane

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2968

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8:11:26

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Landscape Architecture Design Studio 3

Course Description

The Lower Pool Design Studio stream consists of design research studios 2-5. In this stream you will be exposed to a breadth of approaches to design in Landscape Architecture. Each semester you will curate your design education by balloting from a range of studios offered by designers that engage directly with contemporary design issues.

Each studio will provide a focused body of knowledge that will include specific techniques for design generation, modes of drawing and making and theoretical and historical positioning as they relate to the studio brief. You will independently drive your project within this framework.

The Lower Pool stream aims to equip you with a range of approaches to landscape architecture in order to prepare you for entry into the Upper Pool stream to specialise in a particular area of design research.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Professional designers may also form part of your presentation panel at the end of semester. Some projects may involve clients or actual projects where you will develop your design proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge incorporating ecological, cultural, economic and ethical issues of landscape architecture in the medium of design using a range of design methods and practices.
  • Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.
  • Assume responsibility for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.
  • Reference technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and adapt relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.
  • Appreciate the capacity for design practice to be an agent for problem solving and change; and be able to engage this understanding through design to make decisions with some independence.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


  • Interpret landscape as a constructed space within which the studio has a set of operational ideas.
  • Investigate the design techniques of the studio to produce a developed design outcome in relation to the brief.
  • Explore the tools of the studio to test ideas through material exploration. These may include models, drawings, prototypes and 1:1 installations.
  • Independently extend your ideas and work within the context of the studio.
  • Demonstrate a practice of questioning and reflection to evaluate your own work.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The mode of teaching for design research studios is often characterised by the experience of regularly verbally presenting; discussing and explaining project work in a critique process. In addition learning experiences will typically include some or all of the following:

  • Project visits.
  • Lectures presented by either in-house staff or invited guests
  • Site visits, including documentation and analysis.
  • Peer discussions
  • Workshops to demonstrate specific design/making techniques.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment occurs through a holistic evaluation of the completed design project. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

‘If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: