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Cultural Landscapes

When approaching the design or planning of sites, students engage in in-depth archival research and on-site surveys to explore the social, cultural, and environmental values of place. Walking the site, talking to the people that live there, understanding the evolution of the site in an historical timeline helps students envision the place’s evolution and work creatively within that process. In this sense, as they are perceived by students and their stories told, all landscapes are cultural.

Specific courses that emphasize cultural landscapes include:

  • LARC 151 Introduction to the Built Environment
  • LARC 363-65 Landscape Architecture Studio 3 and 4
  • LARC 364/564 Summer Study Abroad Studio
  • LARC 382 Landscape, Language and Culture
  • LARC 389 History of Landscape Architecture
  • LARC 390 Italian Hill Towns and Urban Centers
  • LARC 453-55 Landscape Architecture Studio 5 and 6
  • LARC 463-65 Landscape Architecture Studio 7 and 8
  • LARC 480 The Resilient Landscape
  • LARC 481 Urban Systems in Ecology
  • LARC 520 Regional and Community Design Seminar
  • LARC 554 Graduate Studio 1 and Regional and Community Design Studio (Boise)
  • LARC 556 Graduate Studio 2 and Urban Design Studio (Boise)
  • LARC 560 Cultural Interpretation of Regional Landscapes


Landscape Architecture Program

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

Phone: 208-364-4571

Fax: 208-885-9429


Urban Design Center

Physical Address:
Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4571