Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Theory

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Theory

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Judy Rogers

Course Coordinator Phone: 99253518

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Landscape Architecture Design Theory sits within the Theoretical Frameworks stream, it works selectively through a series of approaches to contemporary critical theory. It examines the influence of these critical frameworks on design theory and the relevance of these theoretical paradigms to design practices.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are.

  • Engaging with and understanding the design canon in a critical way
  • Effective verbal, written, graphic and visual communication


On successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Introductory knowledge of a selected range of the influential critical theories from the twentieth century onwards.
  • An understanding of influential contemporary theory relevant to significant contemporary design problem
  • An ability to critically analyse and evaluate design projects in relation to the theoretical frameworks covered in the seminar.
  • An ability to construct and present an argument supporting the position formulated as a result of critical appraisal or analysis.
  • Written, graphic and verbal communication skills adequate to the communication of the above.
  • Research and organizational skills adequate to the completion of the above.

Overview of Learning Activities

In weekly seminars we will focus on a particular  theme and consider it in relationship to reading.   In the seminars you will all be required to present one seminar paper addressing a set question and based on prescribed reading. You will all need to read the set reading each week and complete weekly workbook exercises.

Much of the learning will be based on set readings and linked seminar discussions, so active preparation and participation by you essential.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include:

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at:

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based upon your contribution to seminar discussions, a seminar presentation, the ongoing production of a workbook and an  essay.