Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 3

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Jock Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1856

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course, the third in a sequence of three, provides a survey of contemporary theory and its role in Landscape Architecture.

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:

  • 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.

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


  • to engage creatively, critically and confidently with class material
  • to position projects and practices within the discourse of landscape architecture
  • analyse the formal, spatial and conceptual objectives of projects and associated practices
  • relate contemporary projects to approaches and techniques within the discipline of landscape architecture
  • evaluate the arguments and positions taken by the authors of the readings, images and practitioners and their associated projects
  • develop analytical frameworks for the analysis, discussion, debate and review of concepts, projects and practices.
  • participate in informed discussions and debates.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, workshops and conference presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

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

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:

Assessment will be based on the presentation of both written and visual material.