Architecture and the Landscape 

ARCH 373 | Fall 2015
Visiting Lecturer Tom Loew 

Project/Course Objectives:

Arch 373 Studio Projects underscore the design process and development of architecture as a response to the landscape. Specifically, students must engage with the site context, including topography and built structures, to inform a response that is thoughtful to the natural setting and enhances the quality of place.

Project One: Intervention on the Boneyard Creek:

The charge, based on your analysis of the Boneyard Creek Landscape, is to identify a location in which you propose an intervention that will further improve the quality of the experience of walking alongside or resting near the Boneyard Creek. Your architectural intervention should be in the range of 400 - 1500 square feet. 

Project Two: Arboretum Event Space, University of Illinois Campus:

The charge is to design an 1800 square foot Gathering Space that could be used for events such as graduation parties, weddings, and retirement events, at the University of Illinois Arboretum with guest seating for 100. The program should include a dais (podium or lectern), the seating area, a prep area, two uni-sex family restrooms. There should be a modulation of spaces that could accommodate large outdoor gatherings and smaller intimate ceremonies inside. The Gathering Space will be used year-round requiring the interior portions of the program to be heated and air-conditioned. 

Project Three: Kickapoo Campgrounds | Oakwood, Illinois:

Kickapoo State Recreation receives one million visitors each year to take advantage of the scenery, fishing crop, hiking paths, dirt bike tracks, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and many other outdoor activities the park has to offer. The park currently does not have any permanent structures for overnight camping and seeks to have more versatile long-stay opportunities for park visitors. You will design a master plan to include 6 sleeping structures; two bathroom facilities; one communal space for cooking, gathering, eating, and controlled fires; and a dock with common space.  You must construct paths that connect all parts of the master plan and are accessible. Two of the six sleeping structures, the bathroom facility, communal space, and dock must all be accessible by ADA standards. The sequence of space is important to the visitors’ interaction with this site and your ability to design a sense of place for those who use the campground. 

Specific Project Objectives: 

Master Planning: organization, creativity, and functionality

Forms: scale and appropriateness 

Imagery: context and creativity

Spatial use and spatial quality


Students are required to design and articulate a buildable project.

Further design and planning will involve:

Power Source and consideration of energy use. Water supply and sewage containment.

The physical structure of any designed unit or built surface.