Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


The [IN]LAND program introduces participants to the practice of landscape architecture as an active inquiry. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of landscape architectural practice through the process of making and experimentation as research into site potentials.  Initial ideas are developed and transformed through rigorous investigation in a collaborative studio environment.  Students develop a landscape vocabulary that engages with the concepts of ecology, public space, sustainability and multiple scales of design.


Throughout the course, students learn to express a site in terms of it organizational and relational characteristics while investigating a range of potential conditions over time.  Individually and collectively, students pursue inquiries that are agile and flexible, and experiment with various mediums to uncover hidden aspects of processes, spaces and materiality.

The media course complements the studio course by allowing students to develop representation skills, both hand (analog) and digital. A range of skills are introduced, including sketching, drafting, 3D modeling and digital fabrication.  Space in the schedule is reserved for portfolio production, review and exhibition.


"Amazing amount of technical skills development in a short amount of time, as well as introduction to design thinking. The instructors were uniformly great, eager to facilitate student learning and interested in evolving practices over time to adapt to the remote format. I appreciated the opportunity hear from practitioners, which was helpful in getting a sense of different firms. I am so happy I decided to participate in INLAND, even in this unconventional year!"

- 2020 [IN[LAND student survey respondent


What Does Virtual [IN]LAND Look Like?


Summer Institute

"[IN]LAND is a wonderful chance for self-exploration through a unique approach to the creative process. The program is a great introduction to the reality of graduate school as well as what lies beyond."

2017 [IN]LAND Alum


What is a Landscape Studio?

  • Encourages the observation of sites and their dynamic qualities as a process for design development.
  • Teaches mapping and recording methods of a site through drawing, scale, and measure.
  • Addresses social, ecological, and environmental factors.
  • Helps develop both digital and analog modeling and drawing skills.
  • Introduces students to the structure of group critiques and provides feedback from instructors and guest critics.




Summer Institute

[IN]LAND 2020 Academic Lead


Sahoko Yui


    PhD, Geography, University of California, Davis

    MS, Transportation, University of California, Davis

    BLA, Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Sahoko Yui is a designer, researcher, and educator who uses design tools and thinking for qualitative climate research. Sahoko's primary focus is user-experience design resarch and application and design education. Yui was recently awarded a Val Alen Institute Climate Council Research Fellowship to explore the role of design in the future of food during the era of climate change in California. She has taught courses in environmental and sustainable design at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.  She is currently an Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley's Blake Garden in Kensington, California. www.


"Sahoko was extremely supportive and organized throughout the 6 week program. We covered so much material and concepts of landscape architecture and at times it was over whelming, however she was able to tell when the class needed more time on certain parts of our curriculum and would adapt to the classes needs. I found it to be a nice balance of hand holding when you needed it along with the push to go out and figure it out on your own. She gave me the confidence to try things I had never done before and would give really helpful feedback that enabled me to grow as a designer."

- 2020 [IN]LAND student survey respondent