Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


offered online July 6-August 14, 2020

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Program Description

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.


What Does Virtual [IN]LAND Look Like?

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"[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

2020 [IN]LAND Teaching Team


Sahoko Yui, [IN]LAND Academic Lead


  •     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.