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Postgraduate Course: History of Landscape Architecture (ARCH11168)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to landscape architecture history from the Neolithic until contemporary times. It is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars and assessed via a seminar presentation and a written essay submission (2000 words).
Course description This introduction to the history of landscape architecture covers European landscape history, from early agricultural communities to mediaeval gardens in Europe; expressions of the Renaissance in garden designs of Italy, France and Britain; the eighteenth-century English Landscape Garden tradition, including the work of Kent, Brown and Repton; the Picturesque; the early parks movement in Britain; Loudon and the Gardenesque; and gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It also takes an international perspective to cover key design traditions in one or more of the following: northern India, China, Japan and North America.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites


Prohibited combinations
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the profession and the characteristics and context of different landscape design styles, traditions and movements.
  2. Analyse, and compare particular case studies of historical landscape design practice, demonstrating a broad understanding of the selected historic styles and contexts, and of the design elements and vocabulary typical of them.
  3. Discuss principles, techniques and practices from history as precedents for contemporary practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to present a succinct and critical understanding of the case studies allocated for assessment purposes, using oral and visual presentation skills.
Reading List
Beyond the few items listed below, a further, considerably more extensive reading list, indicating what is relevant to each lecture, is provided as a separate document on LEARN and notes on each lecture and details of examples illustrated will be provided at least 24 hours in advance.

Debois Landscape Survey Group, Designed Landscapes in Scotland: notes on their planting and management, Scottish Natural Heritage Review, No 82, 1997

Girouard, Mark. Life in the English Country House. Penguin Books, 1980, London

Girot, Christophe. The Course of Landscape Architecture: A HIstory of our Designs on the Natural World, from Prehistory to the Present. Thames & Hudson, 2016, New York.

Hunt, John Dixon & Willis, Peter (Eds). The Genius of the Place : The English Landscape Garden, 1620-1820 P. Elek, 1975, London

Jellicoe, Geoffrey & Susan. The Landscape of Man, Thames & Hudson, 1975, London.

Moore, Charles et al. The Poetics of Gardens, MIT Press, 1993, Cambridge (US) and London

Moser, Monique & Teyssot, George (Eds). The History of Garden Design, Thames & Hudson, 1991, London

Pregill, P., & Volkman, N. Landscape in History: Design and Planning in the Eastern and Western traditions, 1999, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York

Steenbergen, Clemens, et al. Architecture and Landscape: The Design Experiment of the Great European Gardens and Landscapes, Prestal Verlag, Munich, 1996.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to undertake critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, concepts, and issues around historic landscape design. Draw on a range of sources in making judgements.

Ability to present information on a specialised topic to informed audiences and interpret, use and evaluate a wide range of graphical data to achieve goals.

Ability to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative, and take responsibility for own work.
Special Arrangements Landscape Institute criteria: social, economic and cultural context
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is delivered primarily through a lecture series and seminars. All assessment is individual, based on a seminar presentation and an essay submission.
Course organiserDr Francisca Lima
Tel: (0131 6)51 5862
Course secretaryMrs Anne Davis
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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