Architecture and Landscape - ARCH5520

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) Rebecca Hobbs checkmark-circle


This course focuses upon the relationship of landscape and architectural, particularly through the siting of a building, site planning, and elementary planting design and landscape detailing. The design project is treated as a totality, with architecture and landscape fully integrated both spatially and conceptually. The building brief is of moderate complexity, following sustainable principles relating to the Climate module. The history and theory of landscape architecture is covered in a series of accompanying lectures. Lectures and workshops with landscape architects and others introduce students to the contemporary profession of landscape architecture, techniques of landscape representation, and to the dynamics of professional team work with related disciplines. Computer drawing, 2D and 3D, is also taught in this module, and students present aspects of their design scheme using these methods.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 46 hours
Private study hours: 254 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Amoroso, Nadia. (2012). Representing landscapes: a visual collection of landscape architectural drawings. New York: Routledge.
Dee, Catherine. (2001). Form and fabric in landscape architecture: a visual introduction. London: Spon.
Haney, David H. (2010). When modern was green: life and work of landscape architect Leberecht Migge. New York: Routledge.
McHarg, Ian L. (1992). Design with nature. New York: Wiley.
Moore, Charles Willard, Mitchell, William J., Turnbull, William. (1993). The poetics of gardens. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
Turner, Tom. (2005). Garden history: philosophy and design, 2000 BC--2000 AD. London: Spon.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 The ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a
2 The knowledge of the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach
3 The creative application of knowledge of the fine arts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation
4 An understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design
5 An understanding of the way in which buildings fit into their local context
6 An understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to
site and context
7 An understanding of the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation
8 An understanding of the western and selected non-western traditions of landscape design
9 An ability to design buildings and landscapes which are plausible technically and environmentally
10 An ability to produce 2D and 3D computer drawings
11 An ability to produce high quality rendered images

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 An ability to generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic
discipline of architecture
2 An ability to apply a reasonably developed range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
3 An understanding of the alternative materials, processes and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction
4 An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions at a reasonably developed level in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured
discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design
5 An ability to solve complex problems and to communicate their resolution clearly.
6 An ability to be self-critical and an understanding of one's strengths and weaknesses
7 Ability to use images as a communication tool


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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