Design + Build (LAR 506) is a fully unique experience that prepares prospective designers for real-world practice. It is a hands-on "landscape architecture design" studio that has been offered to College of Design students for nearly a decade. It puts them in a scenario where they must conduct research, perform site analysis, ideate solutions, and construct a project for a client within a budget and a time frame.
Created by Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Andrew Fox, ASLA, the first project by the studio in 2010 involved designing and building a rain garden outside of NC State's Syme Residence Hall - one of the student residence halls adjacent to the NC State Design campus.
NC State's Syme Hall Master Plan - 2019
Since then, the studio has grown the project into a multi-phase transformation of the landscape outside the residence hall, with the vision to improve the green infrastructure - and the overall student experience - within the context of NC State's land grant mission and the Campus Sustainability Strategic Plan. The project has received major support and funding from NC State University Housing and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.