The School of Landscape Architecture requires students to hand in an archive of their work for each of their respective classes.

Join instructor Nick Gotthardt for an hour long seminar on Tuesday April 15, 2014 for tips and tools to compile an effective and beautiful archive booklet.

Location: 601 Brannan , Room 101 



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A silver medal was the well-deserved icing on the cake for the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter installation, “Urban Mixology”, at the2014 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show!

August 2013 marked the beginning of a successful design/build process with a one-day charrette that was followed by many weekends of design development and full-scale building. The final design combined strong ideas from proposals by MFA student Jason Jeon, BFA student Eric Arneson, and design detailing by MFA student Avery Hu. By September 2013, “Urban Mixology” was in full-blast production mode.

The Concept: In urban environments we are surrounded by the vibrancy of experiences that are a direct result of the diversity of its inhabitants, their cultures, and interests. This diversity is reflected through the design of urban spaces.

Digital culture is an essential part of urban inhabitants’ lives. The mixology of RGB colors in digital design allow for the expression of millions of colors in the visible spectrum.

Urban Mixology, celebrates the density and diversity of urban centers and the overlap of digital design through the use of color and texture of meticulously selected plants that have the ability to flourish in urban environments.









The Collaboration: In every stage of the design process, MFA and BFA students of the School of Landscape Architecture worked as a team, with smiles on their faces, and a skip in their step to build a garden that was their pride and joy.  Expertise and skill sets were assessed early on, yet students rotated between various roles based on the needs of the project at different points in time.





The Build: Move-in day at the San Mateo Event Center came faster than any of the students could have anticipated. Truckloads of materials such as wood, plants, rocks, soil, and tools arrived, and students set to work by building, painting, planting, and fine tuning the design to perfection. In 5 short days the concrete floor of the event center was transformed into a glowing garden that was the epitome of the design concept.







The Reward: True to the nature of collaborative design, “Urban Mixology” became the impetus for the birth of long lasting friendships, professional connections, a deep understanding and appreciation for the design process from concept to reality,  and last but not least, a SILVER MEDAL! We couldn’t have asked for more!

A heartfelt thank you to our ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter on beautifully executed design. You have made The School of Landscape Architecture very proud!

Left to right: Ashley Wu, Chloe Pu, Daniel Correia, Sophie Zhang, Avery Hu, Yasmine Farazian (Faculty), Heather Clendenin (Director of the School of Landscape Architecture), Alex Zheng, Nahal Sobhati, Jason Jeon, Hilda Lin, Eric Arneson

Photos Courtesy of: Bob Toy, Eric Arneson, Avery Hu
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The Landscape Modeling Seminar will be held in two parts at 460 Townsend, Room 206:

Part I – April 8, 6:30-8:00 PM
Part II – April 9, 6:30-7:30 PM



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It’s that time! Time to register for Summer & Fall 2014 Classes.

Register Online:

Register in Person:

Undergraduates: 415.618.6508
Graduates: 415.274.8617

Summer Classes Start: June 16th

Fall Classes Start: September 4th

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This landscape-level restoration project began in 2009 and is designed to bring back natural function to the the creek, freshwater wetlands, intermittent tidal lagoon, and dunes.

The LAN Workday will consist of planting native species to help restore the ecosystems of the Redwood Creek and Tidal Lagoon, which are home to several endangered species.

***We’ll be working rain or shine. Please be prepared and dress for various weather conditions.***

Project Site: Muir Beach

Type of Service: Habitat Restoration – Volunteers are needed to restore the tidal lagoon and creek at Muir Beach and to maintain the new native plants along Dias Ridge above. The future of the endangered Coho salmon, steelhead trout, andCalifornia red-legged frog are at stake. Help heal this special watershed and protect endangered species.

Work Overview: (click here to download) - General Volunteer Work Description

What to Bring:

  • Bring completed agreement forms
  • Bring a reusable water bottle. We’ll have water stations for refills
  • All necessary tools, supplies, gloves and training will be provided. If you have a pair of favorite gloves, feel free to bring those

What to Wear:

  • Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (NO shorts or sandals/high heels)
  • Dress in layers for changing weather, bring hat, and wear sunscreen
  • Be prepared to get dirty

Register via e-mail to no later than February 26.







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Join the Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture Cinematic Landscape movie night!

Which Movie? SAMSARA

When?  Monday February 24th @6:30 pm

Where? 601 Brannan Street, First Floor Presentation Space

Watch the Trailer HERE

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

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Together we Thrive!

AAU Ladscape Architecture Students summoning some much needed H20 with their rain dance! (IT WORKED!!!)

By Sara Giarratana

As cities and regions grow, the landscape is often altered to accommodate the needs of the people that live there. Oftentimes these changes are made without consideration for the other animals and plants existing in their natural habitats. It is easy to forget that human life is but one element in a larger system that must co-exist in order to maintain balance. Many ecosystems have been impacted by the abundant development of the San Francisco Bay Area, and as species are becoming threatened and endangered, we are called to intervene and re-establish a self-sustaining ecosystem for the region.

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, at the mouth of the Redwood Creek Watershed at Muir Beach, a 46-acre project is underway to restore natural function to the creek, freshwater wetlands, tidal lagoons, and sand dunes. Since 2009, The National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have been working with volunteers to improve the habitat of Coho Salmon, Steelhead Trout and California Red-legged Frogs. Students from the School of Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design and Game Design recently joined together to plant native Coyote Bush seedlings along the Dias Ridge at the project site.

We were welcomed by a cheerful group of interns from the GG National Parks Conservancy, who spoke to us about the Redwood Creek region and why it is important for this creek to flourish. For example, the range of the Coho Salmon stretches from Northern Alaska to the Redwood Creek, and their lifecycle depends upon the diversity of these waterways. The fish hatch in a freshwater creek, migrate to the ocean to mature, and return to the creek where they hatched in order to reproduce. The Coho can smell the soil in their home territory, and trust they will have a safe return! Sadly, due to drastic changes in the surrounding environment, including rerouting the creek to better serve grazing land for cattle, the Coho no longer have a place to lay their nest and are now listed as an endangered species. By restoring the creek and surrounding area to its natural state, there is hope that the Coho will thrive again!

This Landscape Workday is the first of many volunteer events planned for the semester. We consider ourselves lucky to live in such a beautiful and nourishing region; it is important to give back, especially to the flora and fauna that need it most!

After a long day’s work, we headed down to Muir beach for a lunch break, where we were greeted to beautiful sunshine along the California coastline! Rewarding!!!!

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On Saturday, 2/08, join your fellow academy of art students taking part in the ART U Share Your Shot Competition.

1st place: $100 Utrecht Gift Card

2nd place: $50 Utrecht Gift Card

3rd place: $25 Utrecht Gift Card


Sign up for Fan Buses HERE


Questions??? Contact Kevin at

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-  All new students must take a shop orientation to gain access to the model shop.

-  Shop orientations must be renewed once a year; students who last took their shop orientation Spring 2013 must retake the shop orientation.

-  Students who would like to use the metal shop must attend a metal shop orientation and must have attended a Model Shop Orientation prior to taking the metal shop orientation.

The shop will be hosting shop orientations on the following dates and times:

Model Shop Orientations

Week 1

Wednesday, January 29, 3:00PM

Thursday, January 30, 3:00PM

Week 2

Monday, February 3, 3:00PM

Tuesday, February 4, 3:00PM

Wednesday, February 5, 3:00PM

Thursday, February 6, 3:00PM

Friday, February 7, 3:00PM

Metal Shop Orientations

Week 3

Tuesday, February 11, 3:00PM

Wednesday February 12, 3:00PM

Thursday, February 13, 3:00PM

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Heritage Salvage is looking for a design & sales representative for our new San Francisco showroom featuring our reclaimed wood flooring, unique wood slabs, one of a kind pieces and samples.  Orders for custom build items may also be placed and will then be crafted by our Petaluma team.  Our showroom has a dynamic, eclectic environment located within throwing distance of SF Giants stadium.

You will be responsible for managing showroom, customer appointments and sales transactions.  Knowledge of lumber, wood, and building is a plus. Need to be proficient in sales and customer service.  Ability to draw and capture design details on paper desired.  You will be documenting concept and dimensions for custom design-build orders.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11-5pm, San Francisco Showroom

Compensation based on experience.



Employment Type: Part Time

Job Category: Sales/Business Development

Location: San Francisco, California, US

Number of Openings: 1

Desired Start Date: January 22, 2014

Duration: 6 mo- 1 yr

Approximate Hours Per Week: 30

Paid: Yes

Salary Range: Not Specified

Job Qualifications: This job is for if you are:

  • Confident in your ability to present and work well with customers
  • Able to conceptualize design and translate ideas to paper
  • Enthusiastic about sustainability and working with reclaimed materials
  • Experienced in sales and closing deals
  • Strong verbal and written communicator
  • Self-motivated
  • Trust-worthy

See our website to learn more about us: Heritage Salvage
This is a fun and creative place to work!


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