Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Maj Plemenitas

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

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

The landscape architecture environments stream gives you the opportunity to study, explore, research and challenge notions of landscape processes, landscape systems and landscape materials. You will study the complexity and dynamic processes of environments through a wide range of design-based learning activities such as drawing, documenting, mapping, recording, researching, making, fabrication and prototyping.

The environments stream consists of four distinct courses: environments 1-4

Environments 4, the final course in the course sequence, focuses on applying structural and material aspects of landscape architecture through modification processes in a design research context. The course assumes and builds on the knowledge and skills that you have gained in environments stream and is positioned to offer specialisation in all of the previous aspects of the course.
You will integrate and apply knowledge of landscape systems, performative aspects of material landscapes and construction techniques. You will document and position your work in a design research documentation package and through an applied design project.

You will specialise your skills and knowledge through an applied design project that involves structures, materials, techniques and processes of construction in landscape architecture, fabrication and design investigations in small-scale prototyping while being positioned in dynamic landscape systems. Aspects of the course focus on landscape architecture specific documentation drawing sets, modeling and site manipulation.

This course is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, projects and placements and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Learning activities include field research, lectures and workshops that involve making and analog and digital fabrication tasks through which you will investigate and modify structures and material processes in landscape architecture.

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.

  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas, which are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.

  • Be responsible for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.

  • Refer to technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and utilize relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.

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

(1) Integrate landscape systems and performative aspects of material landscapes

(2) Modify techniques and materials to demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and technical aspects of landscape systems, landform, material in landscape architecture, in relation to other diverse practice modes

(3) Produce prototypes and drawing documentation that demonstrate your understanding of performative aspects of landscape materials and their modification

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in environments 4 involve field research, lectures, expert consultation, tutorials and 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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

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

Assignment 1 (Group work / 20%) - Focus: Background and Analysis Recording, Mapping and Drawing of Complexities, Processes and Dynamics [CLO 1, 3]

Assignment 2 (Group work / 30%) - Focus: Scenarios
Rigorous Experimentation, Drawing, Prototyping with Matter and Processes, [CLO 1, 2, 3]

Assignment 3 (Individual work / 50%) - Focus: Comprehensive Design Documentation Package [CLO 1, 2, 3]

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

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