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ARCH X 493.77
Further enhance your skills, knowledge, and application on digital renderings using SketchUP.
ARCH X 493.992
Gain an introduction to the essential basic commands of AutoCAD and their applications.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 493.6
This advanced course covers the basics of managing axial images' relationships, creating and editing 3-D drawings, file sharing, and external references, and file management for construction drawings.
ARCH X 496.2
This course explores using the " watershed" approach vs. lot-by-lot approach to design of urban landscapes. These prinicples improve water quality and create multi-benifical and functional landscapes.
Format: Remote Instruction
A hands-on class that covers designing a garden as a "watershed." Students work with a client, design in a group, and install the design. Three full days of physical installation are mandatory.
BIOLGY X 499.22
California native landscapes are adapted to our climate, and provide habitat to many California native bees, birds, and mammals. Using native plants in a landscape can make a garden more resilient and drought tolerant.
ARCH X 472.15C
This seminar takes a student into the research an analysis of their final project idea. Students explore sites, programs, and submit a final capstone proposal and presentation.
ARCH X 472.15D
The final design class culminates in a self-directed project that demonstrates compentency in site selection, analysis, programing a site, conceptualizing a design, and rendering a final conceptual design proposal booklet.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 494.933
Residential design must marry the needs of the landscape to the desires of the client. Learn the skills and trade secrets of using process to work through a site to a final design sketch and solution.
ARCH X 472.4D
Using Tongva Park, students study design, program, and planting. Drawing, observing, and creating a hand-drawn plan are the outcomes.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 472.4E
Build upon drafting, lettering, and drawing techniques learned in Design Graphics 1, advanced applications of color and presentation are applied to final projects.
ARCH X 472.4F
This third course in the Design Graphics Sequence takes the same site plan and designs and renders with digital media. A full graphic package is prepared with digital renderings, sections, and elevations.
ARCH X 493.33
Lessons focus on systems, equipment, calculation procedures and terminology for a basic awareness of lighting. Creating safe spaces, lighting color, and exterior landscapes are emphasized.
BIOLGY X 497.5
A practical introduction to the basics of maintaining a home garden. 
Format: Remote Instruction
BIOLGY X 496.2
Botany, the scientific study of plants, is the basis for understanding and using plants in the human habitat; covering plant diversity, physiology, and natural adaptation as a foundation for applied uses and plantings.
ARCH X 472.12A
Using graphic conventions and calculations, grading and drainage techniques used in every landscape architecture project are applied to grade a complex site while considering public health, safety, and welfare.
ARCH X 495.33
Complete a broad survey of green infrastructure (including green roofs, green walls, water) technologies and design.
BIOLGY X 498.10
Teaching and using gardening Practices that are sustainable, this course covers composting, irrigation, water harvesting, as well as weekend field trips to LA's sustainable gardens.
ARCH X 472.6A
Covering the evolution of the designed and human-built landscape, students study how designed exterior spaces are informed by cultural ideas, landform, structures, infrastructure, and the existing natural environment.
Format: Online
BIOLGY X 498.2
This class covers both biological and non-chemical methods of insect control, andintegrated pest managemen (IPM).
Virtual Information session on certificate and specializations available in the Horticulture & Gardening Program.
Format: Remote Instruction
BIOLGY X 499.999
Internships provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience.
ARCH X 472.23
Learn the basic principles guiding the successful design of space. Human factors, engineering, natural processes, human capabilities, and limitations are woven into the design of environments.
BIOLGY X 465.33
An introduction to the fundamentals of growing plants indoors. Learn how to identify your unique indoor environment, how to choose appropriate and healthy plants, and how to create a maintenance schedule for plant success!  Elective course in the horticulture certificate.
Format: Hybrid
An overview of horticulture and plant care, this course provides the knowledge to solve many of the problems commonly faced in keeping plants healthy.
BIOLGY X 499.97
Students are introduced to various irrigation components, hydraulic concepts, irrigation design techniques and scheduling approaches. 
ARCH X 493.773
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to develop and produce professional 3-D project models using SketchUp.
ARCH X 472
A quick dive into landscape theory, history, design principles, and understanding scale and drawing. Students apply these lessons in a final project resulting in scaled drawings and models.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 472.12B
This course covers the planning, design, and specifications of irrigation systems for water conservation. Irrigation system design includes quality and quantity of available water, and model water conservation requirements.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH 747
This course helps students review and prepare for the Landscape Architects Registration Exam (LARE). It covers section 1: Project and Construction Administration.
ARCH 748
This course helps students review and prepare for the Landscape Architects Registration Exam (LARE). It covers section 2: Inventory and Analysis.
ARCH 749
This course helps students review and prepare for the Landscape Architects Registration Exam (LARE). It covers section 3: Design.
ARCH 750
Review and preparation course for the Landscape Architects Registration Exam (LARE). section 4: Construction Documentation
ARCH 728
Program Director Stephanie Landregan invites industry professions to discuss relevant and current events within Landscape Architecture and allied professions.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH 752.1
Landscape architecture and design firms are like every other business trying to successfully navigate the current challenges of remote work. This panel discussion moderated by Program Director Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, will focus on small, medium and large-scale landscape design firms in the Los Angeles area and what changes they are observing in the profession in this new era of remote work.
ARCH 751
Two-hour Virtual information session on the Landscape Architecture certificate and program specializations.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 472.14C
Prepare in AutoCAD a bid-ready set of final construction documents.
ARCH X 472.14B
Learn construction principles and practice from site design to schematic design, design development to final construction, plus documentation drawings and how to create a technical specifications bid package.
ARCH X 472.14A
Studies the basic materials and methods used in landscape architecture site construction with an emphasis on sustainable materials, construction practices, and detailing with materials.
ARCH X 471.1A
Explore form and the importance of scale in landscape architectural design. These skills and insights are applied culminating in a study of a small, site-scale school garden.
ARCH X 471.1B
Learn how to analyze a site and create a program design that responds to the site and surroundings.
ARCH X 471.2
Applying site inventory and analysis with a site program, students create their design process and concept development using real sites in interesting urban and semi-urban environments. Use of computer modeling programs is highly encouraged.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 472.9
Utiltizing methods of environmental research and analysis, students invstigate the natural, historical, and cultural factors impacting land-use.
ARCH X 472.5
Ecological and cultural contexts are examined as determinants for using plants in design.
ARCH X 472.19
Concept development focuses on developing an ability to use drawings to model and manipulate visual information throughout the various stages of design evolution. Learn intensive drawing and design thinking.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 472.8
As the precursor for Capstone, with an instructor-selected site, design process, and site analysis, the student refines a program, selects goals and objectives, and prepares a design solution and documentation booklet.
BIOLGY X 492.68
Core course in the Arboriculture Specialization. Focusing on recognized industry standards for care, protection, preservation and industry ethics, leading to certification.
ARCH X 472.8B
Focusing on understory plants and their communities, instruction focuses on selecting and placing appropriate plant material to influence the landscape architect's overall site composition.
ARCH X 472.8A
This course concentrates on trees, shrubs, and companion plant groupings, planting location, etc. as design elements. Participants study plant texture, density, form, color, and other characteristics as articulators of space.
This course focuses on plants appropriate for use in Southern California. Students learn plant names, both common and scientific, cultural requirements and proper placement within the landscape. The class uses local botanical gardens and nurseries to introduce students to over 150 plants.
Format: Remote Instruction
BIOLGY X 424.41
This course introduces students to the tools needed for navigating and identifying the diverse kingdom of plants.
BIOLGY X 497.19
A primer on residential design, site analysis, designing with plants and your site.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH X 493.9
Covers professional contract relations, responding to a request for proposal (RFP), and other areas of landscape architecture ethics and practice.
ARCH X 493.883
Students develop a solid knowledge of 3D Modeling with Rhinoceros in the context of landscape representation.
ARCH X 494.65
Using the plants of Southern California, students learn plant taxonomy through observation using illustration and journaling.
BIOLGY X 493.2
Learn the physical, biological, and chemical properies of soils; learn what is in a soil report and how to improve your soil's yield.
BIOLGY X 497.30
Pruning of trees is an art, and can allow trees to thrive or fail. Learn how to assess the best form to trim a tree, so that it provides beauty and thrives.
ARCH 752
In this lecture, JC Miller will present Royston’s work with an emphasis on his residential projects, including his final commission, a series of gardens in Palm Springs. Join us for a live Q&A session with JC Miller immediately following the presentation.
BIOLGY X 492.67
Trees provide shade, food, habitat, and clean our air. Selecting and caring for trees is the study of arboriculture.
ARCH 726
This second lecture in a series of three will explore the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services metrics and data in design projects, model assisted design and case studies such as Singapore, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 
ARCH 725
First in a series of three lectures on Urban Biodiversity within the context of the new Los Angeles Biodiversity Index.
ARCH 727
This lecture is the last of a three part lecture series on urban biodiversity. This lecture focuses on urban home gardens and sustainable urban landscape design.
BIOLGY X 489.6
Gain a command of the entire growing process from seed to harvest and explore the relationships between soil and plants, plants and insects, and how to move towards an optimum natural relationship in the garden.
ARCH 729
Discover how to implement the watershed approach to sustainable design.
Format: Remote Instruction
ARCH 730
Advanced concepts of the watershed approach to sustainable design.
Format: Remote Instruction
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