LAR-12803 Studio Design Basics


Studiepunten 3.00

Excursion (one day)14
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. PA Roncken
Lecturer(s)P de Kort
dr. ir. PA Roncken
ir. B van Elderen
Examiner(s)P de Kort
dr. ir. PA Roncken

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAR-11803 Integrated Studio 1;
LUP-12803 Integrated Studio 2.

Continuation courses:

LAR-25806 Studio Site Design.


This course introduces the basic principles of landscape design as a space and order creating discipline. In lectures and multiple exercises the students will be engaged with basic competences of design analysis and design creativity. Part of the studio includes the use of a particular set of analytical questions to study a given amount of (historical) design references (garden, park and regional scale). These references are needed to become familiar with the development of design style, compositional elements and strategies to include landscape and societal characteristics. Another part of the studio will provide a small amount of relatively fast design challenges to familiarize students with the creative process of landscape design.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare three international historic architectural styles;
- apply a narrative design method according to the three architectural styles;
- elaborate a given model into designs for a medium sized study area;
- apply first level visualisation techniques;
- motivate the choice for the BLP major: spatial planning or landscape architecture


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 the evaluation of a design portfolio that consists of the collection of graphical and photographic representations related to the various exercises during the design studio. The final mark is based on drawing/representation skills (30%), creative design skills (45%) and the overall quality of the portfolio as a final product with a captivating quality (25%).


A set of historic design references (repertoire knowledge), selected by the course examiners.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD