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.




What Does Virtual [IN]LAND Look Like?


"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


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.


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 2021 Academic Lead


Derek Lazo


   MLA, Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

   BS, Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

Derek Lazo is a designer, artist and educator who investigates how landscape architecture intersects with social issues and can help uplift disadvantaged communities. Derek is a member of the Design As Protest Collective and a member of Dark Matter University, a new anti-rascist pedagogical movement. He has worked with various Bay Area landscape firms most recently at SurfaceDesign, Inc. in San Francisco. 

Derek completed his graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley developing his thesis dissertation on activating Oakland’s public parks and lands as emergency navigation centers for the city’s homeless population, and completed his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California.