CMG Active Educational Leaders Teaching Across the Bay Area

Jamie Phillips PLA, Principal and Nico Wright, Associate are co-teaching a Landscape Architecture studio this fall semester at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The studio concept is an extension of CMG’s Resilient by Design competition, Estuary Commons. Through this course, the students will explore modes of urban ecological design to deal with sea level rise and ground water flooding in East Oakland.  The studio will work with community groups to identify strategies for resilient urban design and planning that create wealth and stability for the housing stock and economics of under-served residential communities.

Course Taught: LD ARCH 201 Ecological Factors in Urban Landscape Design

Noah Levy, RA is leading a semester-long course on design media at California College of the Arts (CCA). As a laboratory using both analog and digital media, the fall course introduces students to fundamental techniques necessary to investigate, analyze and represent spatial configurations. Students will weave together multiple aspects of drawing, digital 3D modeling and fabrication in order to discover new potentials for expression, reveal qualitative aspects in their work and effectively communicate design intent.

Course Taught: Design Media 1

Paul McGehee is co-teaching with Graduate Student Instructor, Miriam Arias a 24 undergraduate student class at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. This exciting course marks the first dedicated studio for the students, after having previously taken drawing and analytical classes, beginning with exercises geared towards having students articulate their point of view, and interests in landscape architecture. Through a series of semester-long learning practices, students will develop drawing skills, conceptual design response tactics and habitat studying tools, which they will then apply to their final park design project. The course is meant to give student a platform and skill set to discuss scale and experience, legibility of conceptual intent, and political notions related to public space and representation.

Course Taught: LD ARCH 101 Fundamentals of Landscape Design

Phoebe White is leading a digital representation and drawing undergraduate course this semester at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The class familiarizes students with moving dynamically between analogue and digital representation methods and teaches them how drawing is a tool for design. Additionally, offering students an overview of the history, theory, and methodologies of digital representation within the field of landscape architecture. Course exercises are meant to foster critical design discourse, to encourage exploration and experimentation, to engage analogue drawing techniques, and to capture the dynamism of the landscape medium. Students are challenged to consider how digital drawing techniques can evolve their design process and narrative across many scales.

Course Taught: LD ARCH 134B Drawing Workshop II