Landscape Architecture

Through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Landscape Architecture is offering the following undergraduate Minor in Landscape Studies, open only to students in undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto
Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
119 Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
T: 215-898-6591
rgiannet@design.upenn.edu

Richard Wesley
Undergraduate Chair
Department of Architecture
207 Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
T: 215-898-5728
rwesley@design.upenn.edu

Mission of the Minor in Landscape Architecture

The Minor in Landscape Studies will focus on the role of the landscape in the cultural imagination, on its legibility as a representation of political, social, artistic, and environmental values, and on its potential to both reflect and change our ideas about relationships between the natural world and society. Three departments will be sponsoring the Minor: the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, School of Design, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Environmental Studies.

Course Offerings

The minor will bring together courses already being taught in several departments at the University, facilitating the opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections between landscape and other areas of study (for example, history of art, English literature, environmental studies, geology, etc.). The required courses for the Minor in Landscape Studies have been continuously taught by faculty in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments at the School of Design for the last 10 years. The distributional electives are courses already being offered by several departments, including English, Art History, Earth and Environmental Science, and Germanic Studies. The minor would be open to all undergraduate majors, offering either a studio or a liberal arts concentration.

A Freshman Seminar (LARP 111-301), taught by Professor John Dixon Hunt of the Landscape Architecture faculty, will introduce the larger undergraduate community to the culture of landscape.

Academic Advising

The director for the Minor in Landscape Architecture is Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, Assistant Professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design, and will be the academic advisor for students in the Minor in Landscape Studies. Email: rgiannet@design.upenn.edu.

Program of Study

Course requirement: 6 Course Units
Students would need to begin their minor in their sophomore or junior year. The program of study would be:

 
Required CoursesLARP 535 Theory I (Case Studies in Landscape Architecture)1
LARP 540 Theory II (Topics in Landscape Architecture)1
ARCH 411 (Contemporary Landscape Architecture)1
LARP 533 Media I (Landscape Drawing) or1
ENVS 541 Geographic Information Systems 
 
Distributional ElectivesElective in Arts and Humanities1
Elective in Earth and Environmental Sciences1
 
 Total Course Units:6

For students enrolled in the Major in Architecture the program of study would be:

 
Required CoursesLARP 535 Theory I (Case Studies in Landscape Architecture)1
ARCH 401 (Studio)2
ARCH 411 (Contemporary Landscape Architecture)1
 
Distributional ElectivesElective in Arts and Humanities1
Elective in Earth and Environmental Sciences1
 
 Total Course Units:6

Distributional electives in Arts and Humanities to be drawn from the following list

  • ANTH 557 The Archaeology of Landscape (Erickson)
  • ANTH 121 (URBS 101) Origin and Cultures of Cities (Zettler)
  • ARTH 283 or ARTH 683 The Modern City (Brownlee)
  • ENGL 584 Environmental Imaginaries
  • ENGL Earth Wind and Fire (Stranahan)
  • FOLK 650 Folklore and Critical Regionalism (Hufford M.)
  • GRMN 244 (COML 254, URBS 244) Metropolis-Culture of the City (MacLeod)
  • GRMN Goethe and Perception of Landscape (Weissberg and Hunt)
  • URBS 206 (CPLN 620, URBS 506) Public Environment of Cities: An Introduction to the Urban Landscape (Nairn)

Distributional electives in Earth and Environmental Sciences to be drawn from the following list

  • ENVS 200 Introduction to Environmental Analysis (Giegengack)
  • ENVS 400 Environmental Seminar
  • LARP 511 Workshop 1-Field Ecology and Materials (Willig & Falck)
  • ENVS 301 Environmental Case Studies (Doheny)
  • ENVS 507 Wetlands (Willig)
  • ENVS 463 Brownfield Remediation (Keene)
  • ENVS 541 GIS and Environmental Planning (Tomlin)
  • ENVS 636 Urban Ecology (Laskowski)
  • GEOL 103 Disturbances and Disasters (Scatena)
  • GEOL 511 Soils (Johnson)

These lists may be subject to revision as alternative or new courses develop.