Fieldwork and practice are an integral component of study at the BAC. Students
are exposed to real practice environments and engaging with and completing professional
projects is a cornerstone of the landscape architecture curriculum.
City Lab is an opportunity for first year students to experience the city through
the lens of the design profession. Field sketching and professional firm visits
give students a window into how the design profession, and design thinking, figure
into the fabric of the city around them.
LAF-Funded BAC Student/Faculty Research:
Professors Maria Bellalta, Department Head, and Aidan Acker, Adjunct Faculty, and student Research Assistant Jaryd McGonagle (MLA candidate) are participating in LAF's 2013 (Case Study Investigation) CSI program and working to quantify the environmental, economic, and social benefits of three diverse landscape projects. The Case Study Investigation program is a unique research collaboration that matches funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF's Landscape Performance Series. This summer, they are studying three projects: Parc Nouvelle by Martha Schwartz Partners, Watch Factory by Richard Burck Associates, and Erie Street Plaza by StossLU.
Public Art Fieldtrip:
This trip, taken annually by landscape students, introduces concepts of landscape
architecture at a large urban scale. Manhattan is rich with landscape design and home
to well respected and award winning projects and students enjoy an opportunity to sketch
and examine a number of them.