He has worked on public projects from the urban planning to the community garden scale and has won international competitions for landscape designs in Chicago and Verona, Italy. Richards general research focus is on land stewardship in urban underserved communities with a specific emphasis on the analysis of use and material patterns in neighborhood yards and vacant lots. His earlier research on the characteristics, use and patterns of front yards in African-American neighborhoods has led to the use of sketching, mapping and garden stories to describe and document the creative process of nonprofessional designers. Richard teaches the Design and Implementation studio in the departments construction sequence. The class is structured to mimic the rigor of a professional studio by emphasizing deliverables, constructibility and introducing undergraduate and graduate students to construction document production.
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Graduate study leading to a Master of Landscape Architecture degree is offered in the Department of Landscape Architecture; thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students in the program have the opportunity to work with faculty on a wide range of research and design topics within the profession of landscape architecture. Special program emphasis is placed on watershed planning, landscape management and community planning and design. The design studio courses broadly consider landscape issues related to water, health and habitat in an effort to achieve the department's mission of "…fostering the will and ability to plan, design, build and manage regenerative communities. LAAB accredited programs are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions.
In addition, the program revolves around environmental and global issues, with recent involvement in projects in Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ghana and beyond. In the final year, students complete the course of study by developing a thesis and a methodology for testing their conceptual premise through a committed design project. This final requirement differs from most programs, and allows students to spend the time they need to develop a visual and written language that articulates their interests and future direction. This land is your land: democratizing landscape architecture , Adrienne Emmerich.
If you pick a topic that you feel comfortable with, writing your final draft will be easier. If for example, you study architecture, there are many things that you could address in your final document. The structures for buildings around the world change with the years and come from many different styles that have very different meanings because the cultures they were created in. This gives you an endless list of possibilities to talk about.