Courses Taught

LA 2213 - Landscape Architecture Graphics I

Description: Drafting and illustration techniques for developing and presenting landscape concepts and designs in black and white media. Computer graphics applications including illustration, typesetting, scanning, and visualization techniques.

Objectives: The objective of this course is to introduce basic drafting and illustration techniques. Its vocabularies may include sheet composition, reproduction techniques and equipment, lettering, freehand pencil and pen drawing, design language, basic color, shades and shadow, sketches, rendering, and perspective, etc.

LA 2223 - Landscape Architectural Graphics II

Description: The application of multimedia color presentation and delineation techniques to more complex plans, drawings and programs. Computer aided design and 3-D modeling are included in the computer component.

Objectives: The objective of this course is to introduce advanced graphic presentation techniques for landscape design. Its vocabularies may include 3-D abstraction, form and function of space, maker rendering, and two-points perspective, etc.

LA 3324 - Landscape Architecture Design II

Instructor: Paul Hsu

Description: The course will examine the discipline of landscape design with an emphasis on the recognition of its basic design principles, design theories, and techniques. The first project will deal with landform, structure, water, and plants which is influenced by design principles such as form, aesthetic quality, and spatial sequence. Computer graphics and computer aided design and drafting (CADD) will be reinforced in all exercises. The remaining 10 weeks of this course will be applying landscape design principles and theories into four actual projects.

Objectives:

1. Expand the student's knowledge of design theory, design vocabulary, graphic expression, and to build technical skills in landscape architecture design.

2. Build confidence and familiarity with the Design and Planning Process as a system for solving site development problems.

3. Integrate computer aided design into this design course.

4. Introduce multimedia concepts into design presentation.

5. Build sufficient design graphic, verbal and written analytical skills through graphics, verbal presentations, and technical report writing.

LA 4424 - Landscape Architecture Design III

Instructor: Paul Hsu

Description: Medium scale site development projects with an emphasis on land forms and structures. Computer application is used to develop 3-D modeling concepts and site design layout.

Objectives:

1. Expand the student's knowledge of design theory, site planning and design vocabulary, graphic expression, and to build technical skills in site analysis and site layout.

2. Build confidence and familiarity with the Design and Planning Process as a system for solving site development problems.

3. Identify, analyze and communicate on-site and adjacent site systems interactions.

4. Build sufficient design graphic, verbal and written analytical skills through graphics, verbal presentations, and technical report writing.

LA 4433- Landscape Analysis and Use

Instructor: Paul Hsu

Description: The inventory and analysis of natural and man-made landscape resources and their application to land use. Computer application includes image analysis, GIS mapping, and terrain analysis.

Objectives:

1. To introduce inventory and analysis methodologies.

2. To gain knowledge in map analysis and geographic information system analysis.

3. To apply methodologies to actual projects.

LA 4514 - Landscape Architectural Design V

Description: The design of large-scale sites with an emphasis on mixed use developments. Projects emphasize on planned unit development (PUD), golf course design, and community development. Computer application is used to develop 3-D modeling concepts and site design layout.

Objectives:

1. Expand the student's knowledge of design theory, site planning and design vocabulary, graphic expression, and to build technical skills in site analysis and site layout.

2. Build confidence and familiarity with the Design and Planning Process as a system for solving site development problems.

3. Identify, analyze and communicate on-site and adjacent site systems interactions.

4. Develop conceptual design models through quick sketches.

5. Expand conceptual design models into refined site plans.

6. Build sufficient design graphic, verbal and written analytical skills through graphics, verbal presentations, and technical report writing.

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