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we are the Program of Landscape Architecture @ the University of Connecticut. Founded by Rudy Favretti in 1966,the program received national accreditation in 1998 and remains the only accredited program in the state. Landscape
architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design,  management, and stewardship of the natural and built
environments.

We can help you by:  providing objective, multi-disciplinary state-of-the-art planning expertise. We can help you develop specific land use plans for your site or region that will help guide development in an orderly manner. Orderly development mitigates the negative effects on the natural and built environments while allowing for reasonable economic growth.

DowntownWe want to help you because: UConn is a land grant university committed to the state's service. The land grant mission is a living, working reality that impacts communities at all points along the economic spectrum. We exist not only to educate the students who enter our campus, but also to meet the needs of every resident of our state.

Who will be working on your project: Each project team will be captained by a tenured landscape rchitecture faculty member. Other faculty members and graduate/undergraduate students from UConn's Program of Landscape Architecture will support the team captain. Depending on project complexity, expertise from other state organizations will be incorporated into the team.  Some of the past team members include transportation engineers from UConn's Transportation Institute, architects from Yale's Urban Design Workshop and specialists from UConn's Clear program. The university underwrites many of the costs associated with our service projects.

To augment the universities resources, we also obtain private, state and federal land use grants. This allows us to perform in-depth planning/design services for a per project cost of approximately $10,000. The exact cost will be determined based on your project specifics and duration.

Additional information:
Please contact
Associate Professor Peter Miniutti:
email: peter.miniutti@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-486-1940

* The program of Landscape Architecture consists of a service and teaching component

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Our Design Process
Problem Development | Research | Analysis | Planning/Design | Grants/Project Construction

Program Development - Our design team, working with the town planner (or other town officials) will evaluate the given program to determine goals and objectives. Priorities will then be developed. We will listen to program initiatives and offer our expertise on how best to fulfill project goals. It is a time to strategize on how best to attack the problems. We will share knowledge of past experiences with documents and procedures that have worked for similar projects. It will be a brainstorming session with a core group of people. It is a time to build a team consensus, an attitude, and a trust amongst the team and produce a game plan in which we can all get behind.

Research - This phase is characterized as "fact-finding" of natural and cultural characteristics. The maps generated in this phase serve as an inventory. Data is collected from a number of sources including extensive site reconnaissance, public agencies, planning offices, and the Internet for GIS based information.

Analysis - The research phase is an objective "fact-finding" process; the analysis lends meaning to the facts. The goal of the analysis phase is to transform the inventory maps into maps that identify opportunities and constraints in relationship to the program statement.

Planning/Design - Conceptual studies are prepared to explore design alternatives, which take advantage of site opportunities and mitigate site constraints. These early studies are kept simple and diagrammatic to clearly explain the conceptual ideas as they relate to the site and program. As the "conceptuals" evolve, they are subjected to a comparative analysis for positive and negative attributes and net-yields. Unsuitable schemes are rejected or modified, promising concepts are improved, and other approaches suggested by reviews are added to the array of contenders. Where feasible, all plan approaches will be delineated and compared. The best plan will be developed into a schematic drawing and schematic list of probable construction costs (for funding purposes) will be provided for this plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of the Program of Landscape Architecture - Service Component?  Our mission is to be a regional leader in sustainable planning and site design. Our mission can be accomplished by providing municipalities objective, multi-disciplinary state-of-the-art planning expertise. We promote and encourage collaborative research with an emphasis on "real world" projects as they apply to sustainable development. 

Does the Program of Landscape Architecture have other components?  Yes, a teaching component. Our program is the only nationally accredited Program of Landscape Architecture in the state. We have four tenured faculty members, three adjunct instructors and eighty students majoring in landscape architecture.Do you work with other agencies and groups when you develop plans?  Yes. Some of the groups we work with include: The Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, United States Department of Agriculture, National Park Service and the Green Valley Institute

Are you the only state group that offers land-planning expertise? No, there are two other groups at UConn, which also provide the citizens of Connecticut with land planning resources. The two groups are CLEAR and NEMO.

Is there a difference between what you do and what CLEAR does?  What about NEMO?  Yes. We provide municipalities of Connecticut with specific land use plans. CLEAR's mission is to provide information, education and assistance to land use decision makers. NEMO's mission is to educate local land use officials to the relationship between land use and natural resource protection. So, there is an explicit difference between the services of these three organizations. We are the only state program that develops specific land use plans.

Do you work with CLEAR or NEMO?  Yes. We have worked together in the past in a limited capacity and are actively pursuing joint projects. Although our methods are different, we share the same vision and that is to help the citizens of Connecticut.

 
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