Landscape Architecture 262
Landscape Inventory and Evaluation Methods

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Before we can design, plan, manage, or restore a site, we need to be able to read the landscape–to understand its current condition, as well as how it came to be that way. Land Arch 262 will introduce you to strategies and tools used to inventory and evaluate the spatial array of the physical (topography, microclimate), biological (plants, animals, soils), and human components (activities, experiences, uses) of a site as well as to how to use this information to solve land use problems, such as the design of a park or garden.

You will learn how to obtain and evaluate information from existing sources as well as the site itself, and become familiar with ArcGIS, InDesign, and SketchUp, software programs used to display, analyze, evaluate, and communicate spatial information.


  • Evelyn Howell
  • Doug Hadley


  • Lecture: Wednesday, Friday 12:05 p.m.
  • Lab: Section 1 Wednesday, Friday 9:55 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
  • Lab: Section 2 Wednesday, Friday 1:20 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

4 Credits

LA 262 is a requirement for the BSLA and BSCALS-Landscape Architecture degrees.

It also can be taken for credit by L&S majors, for whom it counts as an intermediate level 262pub mapnatural science course.