Landscape Architecture Courses

(I = Fall Semester, II = Spring Semester)
LAR 201 – Survey of Landscape Architecture (I, 3)
Introduction to landscape design theory and composition as an applied art form (lec. 3).

LAR 202 – Origins of Landscape Development (II, 3)
Examines the impact of environment, social history, philosophy, art and literature and landscape development from ancient to modern times. Emphasis on European Renaissance through contemporary United States (lec. 3).

LAR 243 – Landscape Architecture Graphics (I, 4)
Introduction to landscape graphic communication techniques with emphasis on design and construction drawing and perspective illustration (lec. 2, studio 4).

LAR 244 – Basic Landscape Architecture Design (II, 4)
Introduction to the development of outdoor space with emphasis on the design process and the manipulation of spatial volumes (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: LAR 243

LAR 246 – Digital Design Media for Landscape Architecture (II, 1) Introduction to digital media software with emphasis on principles and practices within the profession of landscape architecture. (lec. 1, studio 2). Pre: LAR 243

LAR 300 – Computers in Landscape Architecture (I, 4)
Intensive course in Computer usage for landscape architects. Focus on the application of landscape architecture computer aided design software to project development (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: Junior Standing in landscape architecture.

LAR 301 – Landscape Expression (I, 2)
Examines the three-dimensional relief of the earth’s surface as a physical design element. Introduction to methods of land measurement, graphic depiction and sculptural interpretation (lec. 1, studio 2). Pre: 244 and MTH 111.

LAR 302 – Applied GIS for Landscape Architecture (I, 3)
GIS software and data, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) hardware and software for analysis, creation of layers and design for maps. Upper Level LAR students. Pre: 300. Staff

LAR 343 – Landscape Architecture Studio (I, 4)
Landscape Concepts in Graphic form. Emphasis on preparing landscape plans for small to intermediate scale properties. Students study in a professional studio environment (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 201, 202, 244.

LAR 344 – Landscape Architecture Studio II (II ,4)
Continuation of landscape concepts and graphics. Emphasis on drawing landscape plans for intermediate to larger scale properties. Advanced rendering (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 301, 343, 345 and concurrent or prior enrollment in 346.

LAR 345 – Landscape Construction I (I, 4)
A comprehensive survey of construction materials and their uses in landscape construction (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 244 and concurrent or prior enrollment in 346.

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LAR 346 – Landscape Construction II (II, 4)
The study of soil adjustment; grading, cut and fill, reshaping of earth surfaces (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 301 and 345.

LAR 353 – Landscape Plants I (I, 3)
Identification and description under fall conditions; classification and adaptation of the important trees and shrubs including broadleaf evergreens and their value in ornamental plantings (lec. 2, lab 2). Pre: BIO 104A or BIO 112.

LAR 354 – Landscape Plants II (II, 3)
Identification and description under winter and spring conditions, classification and adaptation of the coniferous evergreens, vines, and ground covers and their value in ornamental plantings (lec. 2, lab 2). Pre: LAR 353.

LAR 399 – Landscape Architecture Internship (I, II and SS, 1-6)
Directed work experience programs at landscape architecture offices, contracting firms and related industries. Pre: Permission of instructor. S/U credit. Staff

LAR 443 – Planting Design (I, 4)
The uses of plant materials in landscape composition. Combines spatial definition of various land uses with plant selection. Preparation of plans, details, and specifications (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 344, and 354.

LAR 444 – Landscape Architecture Studio III (I, 4)
Relationship between principles of landscape design and elements of the environment that contribute to development of ecologically based plans. Client conferences and specifications for woody ornamental plants (lec. 2, studio 4). Pre: 344 and 346.

LAR 445 – Landscape Architecture Studio IV (II, 4)
Study of comprehensive landscape architectural projects. Coordination of research, preparation of contract documents, and office procedures (lec. 2, studio 4). Not for graduate credit. Pre: 443, 444.

LAR 447 – Professional Landscape Architectural Practice (II, 3)
Professional practice, ethics, marketing design services, preparation of contract documents and effective time management. (lec 2, studio 2). Pre: senior standing in Landscape Architecture.

LAR 450 – Landscape Architecture Portfolio Development (II, 1)
Covers the strategy and techniques for constructing a professional portfolio. Pre: Senior LAR standing

LAR 491, 492 – Special Topics and Independent Study (I, II, and SS, 1-3 ea.)
Special work to meet various specialized needs in the landscape architecture profession (Independent Study). Pre: permission of instructor. Staff

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Community Planning Courses

CPL 202 (or GEG 202) – Introductory Urban Geography:  Understanding Cities (3cr Introduction to urbanization processes, primarily in North America; national settlement systems; intra urban form; migration, racial, ethnic, gender, and class segregation; urban economics; environmental issues; planning and governance; urban applications of GIS. (Lec. 3)

CPL 392 – Directed Study in Community Planning (1-3cr) Independent work in planning for individual students or groups. (Independent Study) Pre: 410 and permission of instructor.

CPL 397 – Field Work in Community Planning (1-3cr) Student works as a part time intern in a planning agency under the supervision of a faculty advisor.  Fieldwork must be pre-arranged with agency and instructor. (Practicum) Pre: 410 and permission of instructor.

CPL 410 – Fundamentals of Community Planning Practice (3cr) Survey of the planning profession and its different functional areas: land use, environment, urban design, transportation, housing, economic development, and growth management. (Lec. 3cr) Pre: permission of instructor.

CPL 434 (or MAF 434) – Introduction to Environmental Law (3cr) Surveys issues arising out of laws designed to protect the environment and manage resources: right to a decent environment, government regulation versus private property rights, citizen participation in planning environmental controls. (Lec. 3)

CPL 450 Urban Design  (3cr) Concepts of contemporary urban landscapes, ranging from entire cities to specific building sites.  Includes private development, public spaces, transportation systems, aesthetics and sprawl. Emphasis on urban design processes and standards. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

CPL 483 Land Development – (3cr) Study of land development including land acquisition, development and project effectiveness. Techniques focus on land suitability and project viability, as well as environmental considerations. Focus on coastal development. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

CPL 485 Environmental Planning – (3cr) Theories, methodologies, and substantive concerns of  environmental resource analysis with attention given to coastal environmental issues. Focus on land, soils, watersheds, water quality, vegetation, air quality, wildlife, noise pollution. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior, senior, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

CPL 495 (or NRS 496) – International Development Seminar (3cr) Seminar in sustainable international development for advanced-level students interested in international development. (Seminar) Pre: 300 and/or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

CPL 516 Seminar on the Urban Waterfront  See Marine Affairs 516.

CPL 538 – Site Planning (3cr) Site analysis, planning and design processes. Principles and techniques addressing residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. Presents techniques to review site plans and evaluate postdevelopment impacts. Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CPL 539 – Environmental Law (3cr) Analysis of specific environmental issues and policies including facility siting, land use and constitutional issues, comprehensive planning, public trust doctrine, concurrence, and state impact assessments. Independent research and presentation required. (Lec. 3)

CPL 546 (or CVE 546) – Urban and Rural Transportation (3cr) Issues confronting planning for urban and rural transportation systems; the variety of policies that governments pursue in addressing issues and problems; technical and political constraints, transportation studies, and demand analysis techniques. (Lec. 3) Pre: 410 or 501 or permission of instructor.

CPL 549 – Seminar in Ecological Planning (3cr) Advanced seminar in ecological planning.  Topics include hazardous waste, power plant siting, major transportation facilities, solid waste, aquifer protection, among others. Particular emphasis on wetlands and marine and coastal settings. (Seminar) Pre: 511 or permission of instructor.

CPL 591, 592 – Special Problems in Planning (1-6cr each) Individual investigation of special problems in planning. (Independent Study)

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Geography Courses

GEG 101 – World Geography (3cr) An examination of major world regions. Basic geographic concepts are presented. Physiographic, political, economic, social, and cultural influences are addressed in a spatial context. (Lec. 3)

GEG 104 – Political Geography (3) Pattern of political units throughout the world; special emphasis on boundaries, newly independent nations, and other aspects of political control over territory. (Lec. 3)

GEG 200 – Human Geography (3) The evolution of human environments from the Stone Age to the contemporary megalopolis and the emergent world city in terms of human-earth-space resource relationships. (Lec. 3)

GEG 202 – Introductory Urban Geography: Understanding Cities See Community Planning 202.

GEG 203 – Economic Geography (3) Surveys the geographic backgrounds of economic activities. Populations and the resources of agriculture, industry, and commerce in terms of their world and regional distribution. (Lec. 3)

GEG 350 (or MAF 350) – Caribbean Geography (3) Exploration of the physical, political, economic, and cultural environment of the Caribbean region, with emphasis on small island states from the colonial era to the present. (Lec. 3)


Student Profiles


Romeo D’Andrea ’17
Hometown:  Johnston, RI

According to Romeo:  “I have wanted to be an architect since the 1st grade. I would always draw buildings and landscapes which prompted my parents to say “You’ll be an architect someday.” My concurrent love for nature and architecture led me to Landscape Architecture and I couldn’t be happier with the academic and career path I have chosen.”   When asked what has been the best part of your studies in landscape architecture, Romeo responded:  “The best part about being in landscape architecture is the fact that we have so many freedoms while designing and that we do real-life design work. There is no hypothetical work in this major. Everything we do is for real clients in real local communities, and we always get to present our work to them. I cannot think of a better way to prepare students for future employment than providing us with real-world experiences.”  

Romeo has engaged in the summer internship program at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Landscape Design Unit. He gained experience in reviewing street planting plans, visiting nurseries to select plant materials for highway projects, develop ideas for a sculpture program along state roads and supervise the Rhode Island State Tree Trimming Contracts.  This internship provided him with a wide range of experience from field work to office duties.


Svana Run Hermannsdottir, ‘18
Hometown:  Reykjavik, Iceland

 Svana has always been interested in architecture and design.  Her journey to landscape architecture has taken several turns during her academic career.  She first started her college career as an engineering major.  However, as a freshman, she wanted to keep all doors open searching for a major and career that she was passionate about.  While taking a general education class in the History of Landscape Architecture she discovered the profession.  Once Svana was exposed to landscape architecture she knew instantly that it was what she wanted to do with her life. The combination of art, science and culture has sparked her career goals.

Beyond landscape architecture studio, Svana is a member of the URI women´s soccer team.  She has proven to be a valuable asset to the team while meeting her academic responsibilities. She is also a group exercise instructor at the Anna Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center here at URI.  Her summer internship experience has led her to Cape Cod where she has worked for Bernice Wahler Landscapes.  Regarding this internship experience Svana notes: “I was fortunate to engage in so many aspects of the profession, from managing your own business, negotiating with clients as well as being able to create my own designs. I plan on working with Bernice next summer as well.”