Landscape Architecture - UCLA Extension

Landscape Architecture - UCLA Extension





The Profession

Throughout history people have placed great value on the order and design of their surroundings.

Farmers, poets, philosophers, and artisans were among the first landscape architects, drawing

inspiration from the natural environment, which was reflected in their design of the land.

Notable examples include the environmentally

harmonious land designs in Persia and medieval Spain,

garden traditions in the Far and Middle East, villas in

Renaissance Europe, and 18th-century English parks. The

collaboration of Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux

resulted in New York’s Central Park (1863), the profession’s

first major contribution in the United States. Today, typical

projects range in scope from residential to institutional, and

in type from urban planning and design to restoration of

historical sites and the preservation of natural ones.

Landscape architects are responsible for sensitively

arranging and relating the various elements of built and

natural environments. This requires an extensive knowledge

of design theory, technical competence, and a commitment

to the stewardship and conservation of natural, constructed,

and human resources. Current practice includes managing

and understanding information, facilitating decision making,

and assuming leadership in advocating conservation,

environmental sustainability, and resource management.

The professional concerns of today’s landscape architects

include some of the most pressing social and environmental

challenges of our time. The profession has long held a

commitment to the quality-of-life now recognized as being

so crucial to our survival. It embraces, as a major ethical

value, the understanding and recognition that these issues

are global in scope and apply to all of nature’s forms. The

effective application of this ethical value to the process of

land design and management requires landscape architects

to interface with colleagues in the fields of architecture,

engineering, traffic management, interior design, and the

behavioral and environmental sciences; to skillfully manage

politics which influence and impact projects; and facilitate

community participation.

Abundant and constantly expanding career opportunities

exist for landscape architects as public servants, private

practitioners, policy makers and educators. Public demand

for better housing, open space and parks, schools, commercial

and leisure facilities, stormwater and environmental issues

continues to heighten the need for landscape architects.

As Paul Hawken said so eloquently: “The earth is hiring.”

To protect the public and to ensure a high standard of

professional practice, California (together with 49 other

states and two Canadian provinces) requires that individuals

practicing landscape architecture or referring to themselves

as landscape architects be licensed by the Landscape

Architects Technical Committee (LATC) of the California

Architects Board within the Department of Consumer

Affairs. As the regulating body for California professionals,

the LATC assumes responsibility for protecting the public’s

health, safety, and welfare. In carrying out that charge,

it monitors professional practice, administers licensure

examinations, ensures fulfillment of educational requirements,

and responds to public concerns.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is

charged with bettering the standard of practice throughout

the country and advancing the profession in general. All

landscape architecture students, affiliated professions, and

licensed landscape architects qualify for membership in ASLA.

At UCLA Extension

The Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension requires an

academically rigorous level of commitment and participation. It encourages

traditional values and methodologies, and at the same time, encourages

students to value the search for fresh solutions to contemporary problems.

Our location within the city of Los Angeles provides unique

opportunities to observe and participate firsthand in the

critical processes of Landscape Architecture. Los Angeles

is a dynamic example of community or an assemblage of

communities impacted by nature and impacting nature.

Burgeoning growth, wealth, poverty, housing and urban

infill, and transportation issues challenge the carrying

capacity of this ever-expanding megalopolis. The range of

social, cultural, geographical, and environmental issues in

this diverse region stimulate and challenge students and

professionals active in the overall spectrum of design from

avant-garde to historical preservation, and from single

residential to whole new communities, providing a rich

study palette for students in this Program.

With a majority of our instructors involved professionally

in these design efforts, students frequently have the

opportunity to participate in real projects and to apply theories

advanced in studio classes. The Program challenges students

to seek effective ways to address problems through the

application and development of design process and current

technology. We are dedicated to developing students with

a professional attitude embracing both constraints and

opportunities and their combined challenges.

The Landscape Architecture Program is certified by the

Landscape Architects Technical Committee, California

Board of Architects, Department of Consumer Affairs, as

providing the necessary educational requirements for

professional licensure within California. It provides a unique

alternative to traditional professional degree programs in

that classes are offered exclusively during evening and

weekend hours, enabling students to pursue its course of

study while continuing their current professional positions.

The Program attracts students with a broad range of

educational and professional backgrounds. Many students

possess advanced degrees and extensive professional

experience. While most are career changers, others have

been active in related design fields or the landscape

industry and seek a new area of professionalism. This

diversity provides unique opportunities to students and

instructors alike for exposure to alternative perspectives

and collaboration of expertise.

The Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape

Architects at UCLA Extension (SCASLA), active since 1977,

functions as liaison between the student body and the

Program administration and sponsors lectures, workshops,

and social events. Each year SCASLA mounts an extensive

exhibit of current student work, inviting the public and the

profession. In 1988, SCASLA was chartered as a student

chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

(ASLA), becoming the first student organization at a

non-degree granting institution in the country.

The Program is part of the UCLA Career Center which

assists graduates with job placement. Consistent with state

licensing requirements, the Program does not recommend

students to private individuals for design services.

The Program graduated its first students in 1979; to

date, more than 300 candidates have been awarded the

Professional Certificate and over twenty-five percent

have become licensed landscape architects.

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Philosophy & Curriculum

The education of a landscape architect begins with developing the ability to see and record visual

images. From this basic sense, one begins to assemble, within the overall context of physical space,

a continuously expanding set of experiences and impressions. If properly studied and recorded,

these images will provide both basis and value for what the landscape architect ultimately creates.

The multiplicity of issues which emerge when setting out to combine the natural and built

environments requires both theoretical knowledge and technical skill to be able, first, to recognize

and understand the issues, and then to produce responsive and creative designs through a

logical and comprehensive process. It is imperative, therefore, that the educational environment

foster sensitivity to an ethic which engenders responsibility for the land, concern for human factors

in the environment, and an overall commitment to significant aesthetic value.

Consisting of 135 (quarter) units of required core courses

and 12 units of electives, the curriculum is structured as a

sequence of design, technical, and breadth courses which

begins in either the Summer or Winter Quarter and takes

four years to complete. The goal of the Program is to integrate

these three areas into a single body of knowledge so that

each segment is understood in the context of its relevance

to the others. Electives cover special interest areas and

are inserted yearly into the sequence of classes at the

convenience of the student to fulfill the total required units.

Here the student develops a directed design problem which

is intended to reflect the values, skills, and knowledge

acquired over the course of study. When all required and

elective courses have been passed with a letter grade of

“C+” or better, with a grade point average of at least 3.0,

the student is awarded the Professional Certificate.

The first-year core sequence develops basic drawing,

design, and graphic skills, placing a strong emphasis on

design theory. After a formal portfolio review of course

work at the beginning of year two, the student takes

a series of landscape design studios which introduce

increasingly complex issues and methodologies. A parallel

series of breadth and technical courses builds essential

knowledge, sensitivity, and skill, addressing the impact of

social, historical, and natural phenomena on the design

process while providing training in practical skills and

techniques. A second portfolio review at the beginning

of year four assesses the progress and competency of

the student to move into the year-long design thesis.

Design Studios

• Design Theory (I-III)

• Applied Theory (IV)

• Environmental Analysis

& Planning (V)

• Concept Development (VI)

• Advanced Design Studios


• Thesis Critical Thinking

• Thesis Research

and Analysis

• Design Thesis (IX-X)

• Planting Design

This sequence develops as a structured series throughout

the four years. Individual courses address specific theories,

methodologies, and philosophies within the overall context

of accepted design theory. All scales of design — from

large scale environmental planning to site-specific studies

and urban design — are covered.

The sequence begins with an intense exposure to pure

design theory and vocabulary, then develops process

approaches to an increasingly complex range of studio

projects. The historical evolution of design through the ages

is examined in terms of contemporary problems. Emerging

theories and processes are examined in the context of

developments in allied professions, such as architecture

and art. As students advance through the sequence, they

build upon and recall and apply the collective knowledge

of previous design and academic coursework.


• Basic Drawing

• Graphic Communication

I & II

• Drafting

• Introduction to AutoCAD

• Irrigation Practices

• Intermediate AutoCAD

• Construction Drawing I & II

• Construction Methods and


• Plant Materials I, II, III, IV

(two are required)

• Grading and Drainage

• Advanced Graphics

Concurrent with the design sequence, students complete a

series of 14 technical courses, which develop the graphic

and technical ability to create buildable design solutions

with professional competence. Graphic communication

studios develop skills for articulately expressing ideas. In

construction courses each student learns the process of

preparing a comprehensive set of contract drawings and

documents; in plant and construction materials courses

students develop an extensive knowledge of materials

used in the profession; in computer courses they develop

hands-on familiarity with the increasingly varied digital

technologies used in landscape architecture.

Upon completion of the construction series at the end of

year three, students are expected to exhibit and possess the

knowledge and ability to prepare presentation drawings as

well as grading, drainage, planting, irrigation, and construction

drawings and should have developed an understanding of

the interrelationships among the many and diverse facets

of the profession.


Landscape Architecture:

Introduction to

the Profession

• History I & II

• Professional Practices

• Human Factors

Landscape and the

Imagination: Writing

about the Landscape

• Electives (12 units)

The Program places great value on students grasping the

scope and extent of the profession, understanding historical

precedents, and developing a sensitive and comprehensive

appreciation for the peripheral fields which affect and

inform their work. Thus, behavioral characteristics of space,

user needs, history, literature, communication techniques, and

ethical values are considered necessary to a well-rounded

professional education. Breadth courses are offered

at appropriate points in the program sequence to provide

a particular body of knowledge in concert with other

course-work which calls upon that knowledge.

Courses addressing other areas relevant to the profession

such as advanced computer applications, lighting, horticulture

and other physical and natural science courses are offered

throughout the year.

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Course Sequence & Descriptions

Quarter 1

summer or winter Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4

Year 1

Landscape Architecture:


to the Profession

Basic Drawing Techniques

Design I: Design Theory

Graphic Communication I

Design II: Design Theory

Graphic Communication II

Design III: Design Theory

Drafting for

Landscape Architecture

Year 2

Introduction to AutoCAD

History I

Design IV: Applied Theory

History II

Design V: Environmental

Analysis and Planning

Grading and Drainage

Design VI: Concept


Planting Design

Year 3

Intermediate AutoCAD

Human Factors in

Landscape Architecture

Advanced Design Studio

Irrigation Practices

Landscape Construction

Methods and Materials

Construction Drawing I

Advanced Design Studio

Construction Drawing II

Year 4

Advanced Design Studio

Professional Practices

Thesis Workshop


and the Imagination

Thesis Research

and Analysis

Design IX: Thesis

Design X: Thesis

Non-sequential courses

Plant Materials IV

Plant Materials I

Plant Materials II

Plant Materials III




Advanced Graphics

Design Studios

Design I: Design Theory

X472.1A 4 units (F/Sp)

An introductory course which explores

basic design elements and principles

related to landscape architecture.

Design II: Design Theory

X472.1B 4 units (W/Su)

A broad exposure to the many

aspects of design that relate to

landscape architecture. Problems and

exercises are relatively unencumbered

by traditional values or realistic

constraints. Problems range in scale

from large urban considerations to

smaller specific site issues.

Design III: Design Theory

X472.1C 4 units (Sp/F)

Students undertake projects

which continue to emphasize

theory and design process while

incorporating the concepts of

context and appropriateness.

Design IV: Applied Theory

X472.3 5 units (F/Sp)

The design studio introduces a variety

of problems common to landscape

architecture. Problems range in scope,

scale, and duration from small-scale

private gardens to municipal parks.

Emphasis is placed on design as a

value in the context of addressing

various regulations and issues of

public health, safety, and welfare.

Design V: Environmental Analysis

and Planning

X472.9 4 units (W/Su)

A study of the methods and

attitudes of environmental research

and analysis utilized by landscape

architects. Students investigate the

natural, historical, and cultural factors

that impact land-use suitability, design

programming, and design development.

Design VI: Concept Development

X472.19 4 units (Sp/F)

This course explores the use of

drawings as tools for visualization

and design development. The focus

is on developing an ability to use

drawings to model and manipulate

visual information throughout the

various stages of design evolution.

Design VII & VIII

(Advanced Design Studio)

5 units each (F, W, Sp, Su)

Two or three Advanced Design

Studios (the selection and number

may vary from year to year) will be

offered each year. Only two are

required. The first course taken will

count as Design VII, the second as

Design VIII on the student’s internal

records within the Program. Some

Advanced Design Studio courses

previously offered include The New

Urbanism, Recovery and Transformation

of Man-made Sites, and Advanced

Environmental Analysis and Planning.

Planting Design

X472.5 4 units (Sp/F)

Plants and plant groups are studied

as basic design elements in the

landscape. Special emphasis is

placed upon the arrangement of plant

materials for defining, sequencing,

and articulating space. Ecological

and cultural contexts are examined

as determinants for sharply-focused

design concepts.

Thesis Workshop:

Critical Thinking in Design

X493.92 2.7 Units (W/Su)

This workshop is designed to

address issues related to students’

thesis topic.

Thesis Research and Analysis

X472.20A 2 units (Sp/F)

This workshop covers how to gather

data and documents, focus research,

and engage in meaningful site

analysis and planning. Emphasizing

the research process, community

outreach, and data collection,

instruction includes three mandatory

assignments related to each student’s

thesis project that complement the

coursework in X 472.20 Landscape

and the Imagination: Writing about

the Landscape.

Design IX and X: Thesis

X472.15A and B 5 units each

(W and Sp respectively)

In this final two-course sequence,

students develop a comprehensive

and creative thesis that reflects their

special interests and demonstrates the

theory, skills, and knowledge acquired

over the three prior years of study in

the Landscape Architecture Program.

Technical Courses

Basic Drawing Techniques for

Landscape Architecture

X472.1 4 units (Su, F, W, Sp)

A rigorous course in basic drawing for

the beginning landscape architecture

student. The course emphasizes the

processes and drawing skills needed

by a designer and offers practical

drawing experience including

classroom exercises and structured

outdoor sketching assignments,

perspective and scaled drawing.

Note: Each course description includes abbreviations for quarters in which course is offered: (F) Fall; (W) Winter; (Sp) Spring; (Su) Summer.

Plant Materials I, II, III, IV

X472.8A, B, C, D 4 units each

(F, W, Sp, Su, respectively)

These four courses address the

identification and design use of

seasonally-selected plant materials

used in landscape architecture.

Students study plant texture,

density, form, color, and other

special characteristics as articulators

of space. Two plant material

courses are required.

Grading and Drainage

X472.12A 4 units (W/Su)

Provides an understanding of basic

grading and drainage systems,

earth-forming and retention practices,

and landform design and construction.

Theoretical concepts of natural

earth-form grading, erosion control

and prevention, and retaining

systems are introduced. Students

compute cut and fill, import, export,

and soil compaction.

Graphic Communication

for Landscape Architecture I and II

X472.4A and B 4 units each

(F and W, or SP and SU respectively)

These two courses introduce a

variety of tools, materials, and

techniques used to execute and

communicate design concepts.

They acquaint students with the

many opportunities that drawing

and graphics can provide as

development of communication

tools in the design process.

Drafting for Landscape


X472.2 4 units (Sp/F)

Students develop a working familiarity

with basic tools, materials, and the

terminology of drafting. Line, lettering,

and sheet composition exercises are

undertaken. Students are exposed

to three-dimensional projection

techniques and are expected to

achieve competence in drawing

sections, elevations, details, and

professional-quality plans.

An Introduction to AutoCAD

X493.992 4 units (Su/W)

This course introduces students

to the fundamentals of AutoCAD

and its application toward landscape

architecture using PC computers.

Plant Materials I focuses on materials

of large scale that often influence

the landscape architect’s overall

site composition. The course mainly

concentrates on trees, as well as

fruit, flower, or foliage color.

Plant Materials II focuses on

medium-scale materials such as

shrubs, vines, ground covers, and

special-effect materials generally

used by landscape architects to fulfill

special site requirements. Attention

is also given to materials for coastal

exposures, water efficient landscapes,

and California natives.

Plant Materials III focuses on small

and temporal landscape materials

such as annuals, perennials, ground

covers, and turf grass often used by

landscape architects to embellish a

planting project. Additional attention

is given to materials for seeding and

slope and erosion control.

Plant Materials IV focuses on interior

plants, aquatic gardens, ferns,

ornamental grasses, and fruit species

adaptable to the ornamental landscape.

This course can only be used to fulfill

an elective requirement.

Landscape Construction

Methods and Materials

X472.14A 4 units (W/Su)

This course investigates the various

materials used in building landscapes

(masonry, concrete, wood, metal,

water, lighting, etc.). Their physical

properties, characteristics, and

applications are studied and evaluated

in terms of function and aesthetics.

Landscape Construction

Drawing I

X472.14B 4 units (W/Su)

The first of two construction drawing

courses imparts a working knowledge

of procedures and techniques.

The student learns the process

of assembling a complete and

comprehensive set of construction

drawings in which title and base

sheets, dimensioned layout sheets,

and demolition plans are prepared.

Landscape Construction

Drawing II

X472.14C 4 units (Sp/F)

The student prepares a set of

construction documents, including an

electrical plan, planting plan, detail

sheet, as well as miscellaneous site

furnishing schedules, specifications,

and cost estimates.

Irrigation Practices

X472.12B 4 units (F/Sp)

Provides an understanding and

working knowledge of irrigation

system design, specifications, and

construction. Emphasis is placed on

water conservation and techniques of

efficient and appropriate application.

Various systems and techniques are

explored as are concepts for system

modernization and reclamation, and

water management.

Advanced Graphics

for Landscape Architects

X493.35 4 units (Sp/F)

This course introduces the rigorous

production of graphic images used

in the design process. Emphasis is

on the process and presentation

graphics, and transferring images

using various computer applications:

CAD, Photoshop, Sketchup, InDesign

and other technological media.

Intermediate AutoCAD

X493.6 4 units (Su/W)

This intermediate course covers

the basics of managing axial

images’ relationships, file sharing

and external references, and file

management for construction

drawings. Students learn about

drawing formats, and creating objects

to increase the usability of their

drawings for both themselves and

design team use. Instruction emphasizes

the student’s ability to create and

edit drawing files similar to those

encountered in a planning or

design office.

Breadth Courses

Landscape Architecture:

Introduction to the Profession

X472 4 units (Su, W)

Taught by a team of Program

instructors, this introductory course

covers the scope, types and scale

of landscape architecture, licensure,

professional societies, and current

issues. It provides a historic and

professional overview of the

landscape and introduces terminology,

construction concepts, and basic

graphic skills.

History of Landscape Architecture

I and II

X472.6A and B 4 units each

(Su and F, or W and Sp respectively)

These two history courses comprise

a study of the evolution of landscape

design through Western civilization.

History I covers the period between

the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

and English landscape gardens of

the 19th century, their creators, and

the key personalities who shaped

the classical world. History II covers

the 19th and 20th centuries in the

United States. It reviews the gardens,

parks, great estates, urban plazas,

and the founding of the modern

profession of landscape architecture.

Human Factors in Landscape


X472.23 4 units (Su/W)

An introduction to current concepts

and research on how people interact

with their environments and how

design shapes human behavior

and perception.

Professional Practices

for Landscape Architecture

X493.9 4 units (Su/W)

Professional Practice examines those

issues specifically related to the ethical

and responsible practice of the

profession of landscape architecture.

Landscape and the Imagination:

Writing About the Landscape

X472.20 4 units (F)

This course looks at landscape

through the eyes of writers and

artists in an attempt to discover the

values and concepts that inform our

perception of the world around us.

Representative prose and poetry

selections focusing on nature and

the landscape serve as springboards

to creative and critical thinking and

offer models for written expression.

Students will have the opportunity to

express the range of their written

expression in several short assignments

pertinent to the field as well as

develop their Thesis.

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Classes are held on the UCLA campus, in the UCLA Extension dedicated studios in Westwood

Village, and in downtown Los Angeles at the Figueroa Center. Occasionally classes are also held

at other locations and sites. Plant Materials classes are organized as field trips, meeting in nurseries,

gardens, arboreta, and other designed sites in Southern California. Students also enjoy access

to ancillary campus services and resources such as museums, bookstores, restaurants, exhibits,

numerous libraries, and special collections.

The UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood Center provides a vibrant learning environment at a large

facility housing classrooms, studios, labs, counseling offices, and shared critique and gallery spaces.

The Landscape Architecture dedicated studio offers students full access to outstanding resources

and equipment, including drafting tables, reference materials, and quarterly storage for works in

progress. The adjacent library provides computers with Internet access, necessary software, and

other media equipment for students to integrate their computer skills into advanced design and

technical coursework. The facility houses a specialized library of basic texts and references.


The Program Representative provides scheduled advising

to Certificate candidates. Anyone interested in pursuing the

curriculum or needing more information about the field of

landscape architecture is encouraged to attend one of the

free biannual open houses/introductory classes before

enrolling in the Program. Advising appointment times are

announced quarterly to Certificate students or can be

made by calling the Program office.

The Program staff tracks the progress of each Certificate

candidate, monitoring grades and curriculum sequencing,

processing transfer credits, waivers, and challenges, and offering

advice or referring students for more specialized assistance.

Continuing Education for


Landscape architects and professionals in related fields are

encouraged to enroll in advanced core courses as well as

special classes covering particular skills or areas of individual

interests. Recent offerings included licensing exam reviews,

“Stormwater 101,” “Residential Lighting,” and “Green Roofs”

among others.

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Instructional Staff

The instructional staff is comprised largely of practicing landscape architects and specialists in

allied fields. These individuals have been selected for their significant professional contributions,

special interests, demonstrated ability, and commitment to the education of landscape architects.

Many have served the Program for over five years, and several since its inception in 1977. The

stable instructional body insures informed contributions to the ongoing evolution of the program.

A partial list of instructors follows:

Calvin Abe

Landscape Architect (CA 2023)

MLA, Harvard, University Grad

School; BALA, California Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Rick Abelson

Landscape Architect (CA 3524)

MLA, Harvard University,

Graduate School of Design;

BSLA, University of Oregon

Karen Adnoff

Landscape Architect (CA 3993)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Paul Arden

MFA, University of California

at Los Angeles

Perla Arquieta

Landscape Architect (CA 4701)

Professional Certificate in Landscape

Architecture from UCLA Extension

Rhett Beavers

Landscape Architect

(CA 3519, TX 810)

MLA,Texas A&M University;

BBA, University of Texas

Jeff Chamlee

Landscape Architect (CA 1736)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Jerry Hastings

Landscape Architect (CA 1577)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Francisco Behr

Architect (CA 14634)

BArch, California State Polytechnic

University, San Luis Obispo

Mark Billy

Architect (CA 20228)

BArch, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Sol Blumenfeld

Director of Community


BA, University of California, Berkeley

(Political Science); MLA, California

State Polytechnic University, Pomona;

MCP, University of Pennsylvania

School of Design

Shelley Bonus


Duane Border

BSLA, Purdue University

Kathleen Bullard

Project Manager

Loeb Fellow, Harvard University

BS, Long Island University

(Business); MBA, Pepperdine

University; MLA, California State

Polytechnic University, Pomona

Garett Carlson

Landscape Architect (CA 1606)

March University of California,

Los Angeles; BLA, California State

Polytechnic University, Pomona

Paul Comstock

Landscape Architect (CA 3126)

BFA, United States International

University; Professional Certificate

in Landscape Architecture from

UCLA Extension

Victor Corona

Architect (CA 25767)

AA (Architecture),

Los Angeles City College

James Curtis

Landscape Architect (CA 1961)

MLA, University of Illinois,

Champaign-Urbana; BA

(American History and Art);

University of California, Berkeley

Stephen Davis

Landscape Architect (CA 1960)

James W. Dean

Landscape Architect (CA 1146)

BArch, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Jan Dyer

Landscape Architect (CA 5623)

Yvonne English

Landscape Architect (CA 5484)

Nancy Giffin

Landscape Architect (CA3874)

Certificate in Landscape

Architecture, UCLA Extension

Sandra Gonzalez

Landscape Architect (CA 2964)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, San Luis Obispo

Norifumi Hashibe


MFA, BFA (Fine Art Design),

The Otis Art Institute

Kenneth Kammeyer

Landscape Architect (CA 1174)

BS (Ornamental Horticulture),

California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Michael Kaufman

Architect (CA17812)

MArch, BArch, Southern

California Institute of Architecture;

BA (Psychology), California State

University, Northridge

Stephanie Landregan

Landscape Architect (CA 4093)

Professional Certificate

(Landscape Architecture),

BA (Art) University of Kentucky

Steve Lang

Landscape Architect (CA 1771)

BALA, University of California,


Glenn Matsui

Landscape Architect (CA 1491)

MLA, BSLA, California State

Polytechnic University, Pomona

Richard Mayer

Landscape Architect (CA 1517)

MLA, Harvard University;

BS (Environmental Design),

California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Sonia Nicholson

Architect (CA 21904)

BArch, University of Illinois, Chicago;

Professional Certificate in Landscape

Architecture from UCLA Extension

Theresa Rossoff

Certified Arborist

MA, University of Oregon; BA,

California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Sheila Thomas

Landscape Architect (CA 2053)

MA (Biogeography), University of

California Los Angeles; BA (Design),

University of California Los Angeles

Michael O’Brien

Landscape Architect (CA 2701)

Professional Certificate (Landscape

Architecture), UCLA Extension;

MA (Linguistics), University of

California Los Angeles; BA (French,

Linguistics), University of Kansas

James Pickel

Landscape Architect (CA 4385)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Lollie Ragana

MA, California State University,

Los Angeles; BFA, University

of Oklahoma

Laura Razo

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, Pomona

Patrick Reynolds

Landscape Architect (CA 4440)

Professional Certificate

(Landscape Architecture),

UCLA Extension; BA (English),

California State University,

Dominguez Hills

Michael Rieger

MS and BS (Mechanical/Electrical)

Engineering, University of Karlsruhe,

Germany LEED AP

Rebecca Schwaner


Professional Certificate (Landscape

Architecture), UCLA Extension;

MA (Spanish and Portuguese

Linguistics), University of California

Los Angeles; BA (Spanish),

Miami of Ohio

Luis Serrano

MFA, The OTIS Art Institute

Alexis Slafer

Landscape Architect (CA 2563)

Professional Certificate (Landscape

Architecture), UCLA Extension; MA

(Education), California State University,

Dominguez Hills; BA (Psychology),

California State University, Northridge

James Smith

Architect (CA 14453)

MArch, University of California

Los Angeles; BA (Geography),

California State University, Northridge

David Squires

MA (Urban Planning and Architecture

Design), University of California,

Los Angeles; BSLA Washington

State University

Lucy Suzar

Landscape Architect (CA 4153)

Professional Certificate (Landscape

Architecture), UCLA Extension;

BA (Art History), University of

California, Berkeley

David Tisherman

BA Industrial Design, California State

University, Northridge

Anthony Tran


MArch, University of California

Los Angeles; BA (Art History,

Urban Studies), Stanford University

Mario Violich


MArch, University of California

Los Angeles; BALA, University of

California, Berkeley

Angela Woodward

Landscape Architect (CA 2126)

BSLA, California State Polytechnic

University, San Luis Obispo

Guidance Committee

This group of eminent professionals guides the Program Director in academic and professional

matters, curriculum, and instructor selection. Individual members may participate in special events,

seminars, and lectures, or may orchestrate extracurricular activities in support of scholarships,

facilities, equipment, or public relations.

Sandra Gonzalez, FASLA

Landscape Architect (CA 2694)

Andy Bowden, ASLA

Landscape Architect (CA 1801)

Jeff Hutchins, ASLA,

Landscape Architect (CA 3815)

Jo Ann Krause, ASLA

Landscape Architect (CA 3237)

Thomas Lockett, FASLA

Landscape Architect (CA 1551)

Carol Robinson, ASLA

Landscape Architect (CA 2962)

Emeritus members include Francis

Dean, Morgan “Bill” Evans, Courtland

Paul, and Rae L. Price, all fellows of

the American Society of Landscape

Architects. Other honored committee

members have included Joseph H.

Linesch, Warren Lausen, Emily Jean

Gabel-Luddy, Calvin E. Hamilton,

Don Roberts, and Lawrence Moline,

all Fellows of ASLA, and Barry Jesmer,

ASLA, Don Marquardt, ASLA, and

Richard Hutman, AIA.

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General Information

UCLA Extension policies and procedures regarding enrollment, refunds, parking, records, etc.

are published in the quarterly Extension catalog. In addition, the following requirements apply

specifically to landscape architecture students.


Formal admission to candidacy in the program is required

to enroll in landscape architecture design courses (II-X),

to have one’s portfolio of coursework reviewed (two reviews

are mandatory), and to receive the Professional Certificate

in Landscape Architecture. A bachelor’s degree in any

field from an approved institution, a completed Application

for Candidacy form (available online and in the Program

Office), and payment of a candidacy fee are required for

admission. The Candidacy fee is valid for 4 years. All documents,

including application, official transcripts showing proof

of degree, and fee must be received by November 15 or

May 15, based upon Winter or Summer sequence.

Fees and Expenses

Enrollment fees attached to each course and published in

the quarterly Extension catalog are due before the beginning

of the second class. In addition to the one-time nonrefundable

and non-transferable candidacy fee, students

can expect to incur expenses for books, equipment and

materials, printing, library cards, parking, and by the second

year, a laptop computer.

Once admitted, candidates are entitled to the program yearly

advising service, advance notice of quarterly course offerings

and library privileges. Membership in the Student Chapter

of ASLA (SCASLA) is automatic for all students. Students

may petition to transfer up to 12 units of core requirements

of equivalent academic coursework. Decisions on transfers

are final and more detailed information is available in the

Student Handbook.

International students should contact the International

Student Office at (310) 825-9351 for information about

the many regulations governing their participation in U.S.

educational institutions.

Painting: Paul Arden, Instructor

Financial Assistance

The program provides opportunities for students to

work in the program’s library and as teaching assistants.

These openings and qualifications are advertised on

the program blog.

A number of local, regional, national, and international

scholarships are available annually to landscape

architecture students. The Program disseminates

application information to the student body, as it is

published. Most scholarships require a minimum

3.5 grade point average, community service and

student involvement.

Competitions offered in the past include:

• Joseph H. Linesch Memorial Scholarship

• Peridian International, Inc./Rae L. Price,

FASLA Scholarship

• EDAW Summer Student Work/Study Program

• CLASS Fund/LAF Scholarships and Internships

• CLASS Fund/LAF Design Competition

• SCC/ASLA Design Competition

• TORO Scholarships

• Rainbird Scholarship

• ASLA National Student Design Competition

• National Association of Women in Construction

• Association for Women in Architecture

• Malibu Garden Club Scholarship

There are several Extension-wide financial aid programs

and scholarships available to assist students with their

education. For complete information and guidance,

call the Financial Aid Office at (310) 825-9601,

or email

For More Information

The Landscape Architecture Program office is located in

the UCLA Extension Administration Building (corner of

Gayley and Le Conte Avenue in Westwood) and is open

weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Landscape Architecture Program

UCLA Extension

10995 Le Conte Avenue, Room 414

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 825-9414

Fax: (310) 206-7382


Visit our web site at:


Gene Block, Chancellor

UCLA Extension

Cathy Sandeen, Dean

Department of the Arts

Linda Venis, Director

Landscape Architecture Program

Stephanie Landregan, FASLA, Program Director

Amanda Wesley, Program Manager

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