UNDER THE SKY - Experiencing Landscape Architecture

The minor UNDER THE SKY - Experiencing Landscape Architecture gives insight into the field of landscape architecture through the lens of multi-sensory experience. Empirical research, observations on site and experimental analysis are combined with established analysis methods. These analysis methods are interwoven with design and construction, connected by their focus on the experience of landscape. 

Minor code: BK-MI-194-18 

Language: English

Participating institutions: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Maximum participants: 30

Education methods: Excursions, lectures, analysis exercises, workshop and design studio

Sensorial and kinaesthetic experience of place on one hand, and the dynamics and challenges related to water, vegetation, light and wind on the other hand are the basic understandings the minor deals with. How can you identify and evaluate different qualities of the site? How can sensorial, routing and place experience inform a landscape architectonical transformation in a moment of urgent environmental challenges? What landscape architectonical design instruments can be used? What are the relations between users and the landscape? All these issues will be condensed in a temporary installation on site, as a concise response to analysis, lectures, discussions, and design process.

For whom?

  • The minor is intended for academic students from architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, industrial design, geography, and other studies related to the topic of landscape.
  • Students from HBO institutions (Architecture or Industrial Design) can also apply.
  • You must have affection for design as may be expected from your respective expertise and bachelor programme.
  • For students who are not from TU Delft, a separate selection procedure applies. After applying as described on the minor website you will receive an e-mail in which you will be asked to submit a portfolio and CV. After receiving your portfolio, you will be informed whether you are officially enrolled or not.

What will you learn?

At the end of the minor you will:

  • be able to identify and analyse tangible as well as intangible qualities of landscape;
  • have a basic understanding of how landscape design can make tangible and intangible qualities expressive as a basis of environmental awareness;
  • have a basic understanding of how landscape design can address current environmental issues like climate change, water issues, public realm versus private activities;
  • have a basic understanding of landscape design, the relation between scales and between levels of abstraction: from concept to materialisation; from inventory ‘in situ’ to constructive analyses; from analyses to concepts, to design to construction.

Course overview

The minor is offered in the first quarter and consists of two interconnected courses with a total of 15 ECs.

  • Under the sky – Fieldwork (BK7361): 10 ECs
  • Parkscape – Design project (BK7362): 5 ECs

For more specific information about the courses, please visit the study guide.


Dr.ir. Saskia de Wit

Students about this minor:

"Not only spatial composition, sight lines, routes are important in a landscape architectonical design but also the experience as a connection between users and spatial design is crucial. This minor has also made me understand how soil, landscape types and vegetation can influence a design. All those aspects have a great influence on the end result; you should introduce them in the design at an early stage.''

- Kjell Wansleeben, Bouwkunde – TUDelft
" I have experienced the minor Landscape Architecture as a very instructive, versatile minor in which I have been able to develop further my design qualities in a creative environment. The minor offers both; analysis and design exercises in a good mix, I thought. It makes the course fun and educational at the same time.”

- Florian Fakkert