Integrated Learning and Assessment in the Landscape Architecture Capstone

Each spring, WSU’s Landscape Architecture seniors get the chance to experience a landscape outside of the classroom and to interact with the people who live in, work in, and care about that landscape. Their senior capstone course is a service-learning studio that challenges them to generate designs in response to the needs of a particular place and people, applying their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

The title of the capstone course, “The Confluence,” reinforces this goal: similar to the junction of rivers, students are asked to merge many things into one, integrating their prior learning and experience. The senior project embodies more than a compilation of skill sets, however; it is an opportunity for students to develop, expand, and challenge all they have learned–to see and create anew.

This spring, the setting for The Confluence was, quite appropriately, the Puyallup River Watershed, which stretches roughly from Commencement Bay to Mount Rainier in Washington. Students explored and generated designs in response to interrelated issues of the region, including stormwater, salmon, agriculture, urbanization, transportation, and social justice. The course project complemented work being done by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative and involved contributions of time and attention from many organizations, firms, and agencies.

Read full post at Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning.

Upper Clear Creek 2

Students and faculty at Upper Clear Creek mitigation site with WSU LA alum Derrick Eberle (in green), whose firm (Bruce Dees & Associates) is the lead on the project.