Course Title: Landscape Architecture Foundation Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Foundation Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Heike Rahmann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3430

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is the first Design Research Studio in the Landscape Architecture degree program. In this foundation course you are introduced to the discipline, discourse and culture of Landscape Architecture: what it is, how it is theorised and how it is practised.
Importantly, you are introduced to the key elements that define both the discipline and the process of landscape architectural design.

As such it is an induction into Landscape Architecture which equips you with a solid foundation of skills and experience, as a set of conceptual, experiential and operational tools, to take into the vertical design studios and professional practice of later years.

You will be introduced to a range of core design approaches, a variety of basic design generation methods and an array of techniques of 2D and 3D design synthesis, manipulation, visualisation, modelling and production at a range of scales.

While affording you this direct experience in the practise of design, this course also launches you into the visual, verbal, written and exhibition modes of design research presentation and initiates you into the wider design culture of peer review, feedback, discussion and critical exchange.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.
In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • 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: 

  • Recognise landscape as a constructed space of operational ideas
  • Design with a given approach through a project
  • Employ a range of design tools and techniques through a project
  • Test and develop your ideas at a range of project scales
  • Represent and communicate your design outcomes in relation to a landscape space
  • Effectively present your design work to an audience

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture Series


Demonstrations and workshops

Urban Workshop (field-based intensive)

Design Tasks




Critical Readings


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

The assessment for this course is project-based and comprises a set of incremental and cumulative tasks.

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

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: