Gallery of Student Work

Spring 2020


Fourth Year

The fourth-year Capstone studio sees students working more independently. Faculty members submit a variety of project proposals to students before the beginning of the semester; each student then chooses a project and the affiliated faculty member serves as the lead faculty for the project. The studio itself is led by a faculty member who is not a part of the project, requiring students to pursue more independent time management. Lead faculty members check-in with the students from time-to-time during the semester to provide a measured level of oversight.  

Eight faculty members participated as lead faculty in the spring 2020 semester. Projects for the semester included a design-build project, campus stormwater masterplan, digital fabrication project, campus wellness design, arboretum service center, small-town planning project, and a literature review for urban tree canopies. Students also benefitted from having a practicing professional from the community consulting with them weekly.

In this final studio, students are allowed the freedom to pursue projects which relate to their own interests and, in turn, gain independence as they work through them. We are proud of their work and look forward to seeing what they produce as they transition to working professionals.


Third Year

In the spring semester, third year students take the third and final course in the Design Implementation sequence, LA 373. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the technical skills and drawings required to translate design ideas into actual built work. Students were asked to design an innovative and iconic landscape that will welcome students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the former Reynolds Tobacco Warehouse, which is envisioned as the new home for UK's College of Design and CAFE’s Department of Landscape Architecture. During the first five weeks of the semester, students developed a graphically-focused schematic design package intended to convince a potential client and project team about the merits and strengths of their design. This became the foundation for a set of construction documents which students developed over the remaining 10 weeks of the semester.  Goals for the project included:

Inspiring entry and arrival sequences and spaces from the multi-use trail and parking lot

- An engaging variety of outdoor social, gathering, educational and fabrication spaces

- Model parking lot demonstrating sustainable approaches to stormwater management and urban heat island mitigation

- Passive cooling and stormwater capture/reuse strategies for the building and landscape


Second Year

Students in Landscape Architecture Design Studio III work to integrate their understanding of creative thinking from the first year studio and their knowledge of site systems and processes from the second year fall studio. In this spring studio, they develop their ability to use their previous experiences to create site design proposals around specific programmatic requests. The studio also emphasizes environmental and cultural sustainability in the design projects along with evaluations of landscape performance in neighborhoods, public spaces, and development sites in Lexington.

The Kentucky Brewing Studies Center was a five-week project whose hypothetical program was to design a brewing education center which would provide initial and continuing education in brewing science.

The three-week Livable Lexington project asked students to apply the Sustainable Sites rating system to a group of sites in Lexington. Students learned the assessments that are part of Sustainable Sites, while also comparing the relative environmental sustainability of a variety of places.

The six-week Limestone Commons project happened entirely during the period of remote learning for the spring semester. The program for this project asked students to consider the conversion of the McDonald’s property on South Limestone Street into an active public social space.


First Year