Hort 225: Landscape Graphics I

This introductory course to the Landscape Design major begins by looking at the breadth of landscape architecture work and the integrated design process used, including observation, analysis, iteration, critique, and presentation. The majority of the course is spent learning and exploring the various hand graphic communication techniques that landscape designers have as part of their toolbox to visualize and represent physical design ideas, from early brainstorming and inquiry through realization. Although graphics are not design in and of themselves, this course teaches the fundamental ways to begin thinking and working like a landscape designer.

Hort 335: Site Development

This course serves as an introduction to site engineering for landscape architecture. The course explores concepts and methods of grading and drainage design, and their functional and ecological implications. Students also build an understanding of ADA accessibility standards and sustainable stormwater management principles and design strategies. Through integrated site design assignments, students generate grading and drainage construction documents. The overall intent of this course is to prepare students to analyze and apply an ecological and artistic approach to grading and drainage for landscape design projects.

Hort 432: Advanced Landscape Design

This capstone studio for the Landscape Design major focuses on site master planning and design, specifically in the context of creating sustainable community places, like parks, public sites, trails, or an organization's grounds. Throughout the semester, students are challenged to integrate the suite of skills acquired in their other core courses, including graphics, site engineering, planting design, and construction. The primary part of the course is a service-learning design project, from program development and analysis through to design development and public presentation.

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          Past Projects:

  • Oak Springs Community Park Master Plan, Bozeman, MT. Partners: City of Bozeman Parks and Recreation, Oak Springs Residential Owners Association.
  • Missouri Headwaters State Park- Trident Trail Extension Master Plan and Phase 1 Site Design, Trident, MT. Partners: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Sacajawea Audubon Society, Holcim (US) 
  • Gallatin County Fairgrounds Integrated Stowmwater Design Project, Bozeman, MT. Partners: Gallatin County Fairgrounds, City of Bozeman Stormwater Program

HORT 440: Urban Planning and Design

The urban planning and design studio seeks to educate landscape designers to be leaders for vision-based change at community and regional scales. The course focuses on the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities of developing an urban region, vibrant neighborhoods, and high performing green infrastructure. The first part of the semester explores topics including: city form, neighborhood and street design, sustainable urbanism, green networks, and urban landscape ecology. The second part of the course delves into developing design solutions, with a focus on master planning and design of neighborhoods, brownfield redevelopment sites, and public sites like streets and plazas.