LAR-12803 Studio Design Basics


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)14
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Examiner(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science.


This course introduces the basic principles of landscape design as a space creating discipline. In lectures and multiple exercises the students will be engaged with basic competences of landscape design, related to the historical development of estate design. The project area is shared with Studio Planning Basics. Part of the studio includes also the writing of a paper that intends to support the students' choice for the major landscape architecture or spatial planning. In this paper students will reflect on their personal competencies and attitude in the context of scientific and professional competences of spatial planners and landscape architects. This paper is also part of the course Studio Planning Basics.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret a given design problem and extend it with new design opportunities;
- analyse and arrange a multitude of landscape characteristics, both individually and in small groups, using GIS;
- recall and apply knowledge of the social and natural sciences;
- apply the objective of intermediate design products, such as inventive analyses, models and design sketches;
- apply basic hand drawing techniques such as perspective and reductive drawing;
- create an additional value by a new design in relation to existing cultural and academic perspectives;
- prepare and give an oral presentation on a design project;
- write a reflection paper in which personal study choices in relation to landscape architecture and spatial planning are made specific.


The exercises alternate between individual and group assignments and the use of graphical techniques, object movement and 1:1 building and testing models. Students must collect a series of photographs and sketches that document their exercise results and development. This data will be used to illustrate the written exam questions, relating to the theoretical components provided by the lectures.
List of exercises, see schedule of the course.


The examination consists of a design project that consists of a graphical representation of the existing landscape (defended orally), interpreted opportunities for design interventions and a convincing proposal for additional value by means of a new estate (scale 1:10.000 to 1:100). The final mark is based on the landscape analysis (poster and defence) (30%), landscape design (poster) (45%), oral defence (15%) and performance during studio work (10%).


Exercise book.

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD