Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


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

ARCH1342 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 1 introduces you to the discipline, discourse and culture of Landscape Architecture. Design studios expose to a breadth of approaches to design in Landscape Architecture and are vertically integrated so learning will be with students of varying levels. This encourages learning by example from more advanced students and gaining experience and sophistication as you progress through the program. Each semester you will select from a range of studios, allowing you to curate your design education.

The studios will expose you to a theoretical and practical body of knowledge to foster your understanding of design processes that engage with contemporary design issues.

You will explore specific techniques for design generation, modes of drawing and making, and relevant communication techniques to position your work in relation to the studio theme and broader design practice. You will acquire increasing independence in developing, applying and testing your project and design skills within the studio brief.

Design Studio based learning and assessment relies upon continuous cycles of reviewing, feedback and reflection between staff, your peers and other students. Your work is presented verbally and critiqued during formal presentations. You will also submit a portfolio of drawings and images. Each semester, work from the design studio is presented as a part of a public exhibition.

Design studios provide strong engagement with industry. Some projects may involve clients or actual projects where you will develop your design proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment. Professional designers may also form part of your review panel at the end of semester. 

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: 

  • Recognise landscape as a dynamic and constructed space in relation to location, program, form and representation.
  • Describe relevant practical and theoretical design precedents and identify relationships between technical, theoretical, cultural, environmental and professional issues and their implication on landscape design.
  • Apply design knowledge and techniques at an introductory level to develop ideas and outcomes in relation to the studio brief.
  • Develop your design ideas from concept formation to design development at an introductory level through an iterative and considered design process within the context of the studio.
  • Communicate your design ideas at an introductory level through verbal, visual and written media, demonstrating the aims and claims that are made for the design project.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The primary mode of learning in the landscape design studio is through 'practicing and doing'. The employed techniques are framed by the studio project. Design studios are characterised by regularly verbally presenting, discussing, explaining and reviewing your work in a critique process with staff and students, using a range of drawings, models and other modes of representations. This process will be conducted in both formal and informal setting.

In addition learning experiences will typically include some or all of the following:

  • Project visits
  • Lectures
  • Site visits, including documentation and analysis
  • Peer discussions
  • Group work
  • Workshops

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 Tristan Badham,

Overview of Assessment

Assessment occurs through a holistic evaluation of the completed design project in the form of a final presentation and portfolio. The grade is based on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

A formal presentation of your work in progress will occur mid semester point. A review panel will provide you with verbal feedback and the studio leader will provide written advice on how well you are progressing towards the final assessment.

Assessment Tasks: Final Presentation (50%) and Portfolio (50%)

Your work will be assessed holistically in the form of a final presentation of your design project to a review panel consisting of landscape architecture staff and an external panel member; and an individual portfolio of project with drawings and images assessed by your design studio leader. 

All design studios are moderated at the conclusion of the semester where a panel that includes members external to the program review the work and results.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: