LAR-38806 Master Studio Regional Landscape Architecture: a Systems Approach


Studiepunten 6.00

Excursion (multiple days)16
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. dipl. ing. S Stremke
Lecturer(s)prof. AH Geuze
dr. dipl. ing. S Stremke
ir. Anneke Nauta
Examiner(s)dr. dipl. ing. S Stremke

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Landscape knowledge and academic design skills


In the Master Studio Regional Landscape Architecture, students with background in landscape architecture or related design disciplines will work within an Atelier setting to carry out an individual landscape design project. The subject of the studio is linked to on-going research and design activities in the Landscape Architecture chair group. The real-world assignment (provided by commissioner) is complex and can be of regional/ metropolitan/ infrastructural nature. The envisioned program for the site and a list of expected deliverables will be provided to the students.
Academic landscape design constitutes the heart of the studio, cultivated in an international Atelier setting. Systems thinking provides the scientific basis for the academic and self-reflective design exercise. Experienced designers and knowledgeable scientists from Wageningen University and beyond support the studio. Students are inspired and knowledge conveyed by means of lectures, an (international) excursion and design tutoring. The studio is linked with student exchange programs in order to benefit from international experience.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- compare international systemic design methods;
- conduct an analysis of a large-sized study area as a complex and dynamic socio-ecological system in accordance with international scientific knowledge;
- develop alternative models for systemic intervention on several interrelated scales and informed by scientific knowledge;
- select one model and provide a solid argumentation that complies with the design brief and the socio-ecological analysis;
- elaborate the model into detailed designs across several interrelated spatial-temporal scales that address the landscape challenges and utilize the landscape potentials;
- apply third level visualisation techniques;
- justify the design products in an individual presentation;
- reflect on development of personal competence with respect to systemic design.


- landscape architectural design (within Atelier setting );
- collective and individual site survey and system research;
- lectures; seminar;
- excursions;
- design exercises, desk critic;
- group discussions;
- intermediate and final presentations.


Student work is evaluated through a midterm review of the design synthesis, the oral presentation, the final portfolio and the public defence. Portfolios consist of the following three parts (the minimum mark for each part is 5.5):
- group analysis (10%), 
- research competencies and spatial concepts (20%);
- design on different scale levels (50%); 
- presentations and portfolio (20%).


BERGER, A. 2009. Systemic Design can Change the World, Amsterdam, Sun Publishers. Futher literature will be provided in due time!

Verplicht voor: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMScA: Spec. A - Landscape Architecture5AF