Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design


July 3 - August 11, 2017

Program Description

The [IN]LAND program introduces students to the different scales and aspects of landscape architecture and environmental planning. “People and Processes” describes the overall theme for the program, in which students investigate how to evince and design for social and natural processes in an urban environment.

Throughout the program, field trips enhance students' understanding of the studio projects. The media course complements the studio course by allowing students to develop their representation skills, both hand (analog) and digital. The lecture series consists of professors and practicing professionals, who will expose the students to the wide variety of professional and academic avenues that can be taken within the disciplines of landscape architecture and environmental planning. A weekly section meets to discuss the lecture and reading assignments, allowing students to develop their skills of critical discussion and knowledge sharing.

This course also develops foundational skills across a variety of media, from photo editing, to portfolio making, to digital form-finding. 

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"For those who are very interested in landscape architecture and want to know what, exactly, this profession is, and who are unsure whether they are able to do it (as I was), I would recommend [IN]LAND."

2016 [IN]CITY Alum

Design Studio Instruction

  • 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
  • Provides access to UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Library and Blake Gardens

Overall Program Activities

  • Guided field trips to parks, landscapes, and public spaces throughout the Bay Area
  • Lectures by renowned faculty and professionals such as Walter Hood, landscape architect for the celebrated DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park; Linda Jewell, Bonnie Fisher, and others
  • Site investigations and installations in Blake Garden, a research garden owned by the university
  • Portfolio Workshops led by instructors and students in Berkeley’s LAEP programs 

Typical [IN]LAND Weekly Schedule

9AM       Media: Tone/Texture + Plan/Section & Site Analysis  
10AM   Media: Conceptual Models [IN]LAND Lecture Site Visit: Golden Gate Park, Academy of Sciences
11AM [IN]LAND Lecture
1PM     Studio: Mid-Review Pin Up  
2PM Studio: Site Installation at Blake Garden Studio: Working Session, Desk Crits Studio/Media: Watercolor Demo and Digital Illustrative Techniques
5PM [IN]STITUTE Lecture Series  

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[IN]LAND 2017 Teaching Team

Noah Levy, [IN]LAND Academic Lead


  •     M.Arch/M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania

  •     B.A. Cultural Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz


Sahoko Yui, Studio Instructor


  •     PhD Geography, UC Davis

  •     M.S. Transportation Technology and Policy, UC Davis

  •     B.L.A. Cal Poly SLO


Sahoko Yui is a PhD candidate at UC Davis. Her interests are in using graphic tools to understand, analyze, and represent the environment and its design potential. She has taught the Media course at the UC Berkeley Summer [IN]LAND program and previously been a teaching assistant for graphics courses for the UC Davis Landscape Architecture department. Her work experience includes EDAW and various architecture and environmental consulting firms in California.