suggested readings

This list was compiled by the LAEP Faculty as a means to guide prospective students in the month
preceding enrollment in the department. While preparatory reading is critical, students are encouraged
to continue reading from these seminal works during and after their studies at USU.  Download PDF Version

A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time
J. B. Jackson
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
Francis Ching
Becoming a Landscape Architect
Kelleann Foster
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
Wallace Stegner
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Marc Reisner
Community Design Primer
Randolph T. Hester
Cradle to Cradle
William McDonough
Design with Nature
Ian McHarg
Good City Form
Kevin Lynch
Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design
Anne Whiston Spirn
Great Streets
Allan Jacobs
Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land Use Planning
Wenche Dramstad, et al.
Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications (4th edition)
William Marsh
Landscaping on the New Frontier
Meyer, Kjelgren, Morrison, Varga
Learning from Las Vegas (Revised Edition)
Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour
Pattern Language
Christopher Alexander
People Places
Clare Cooper Marcus and Carolyn Francis
Regenerative Design-Sustainable Development
John Lyle
Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold
The Biophilia Hypothesis
Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson
The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism
Adam Rome
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs
The Experience of Landscape
Jay Appleton
The New Urbanism
Peter Katz
The Next American Metropolis
Peter Calthorpe
The Planting Design Handbook
Nick Robinson
The Universal Traveler: A Soft Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem Solving and the Process of Reaching Goals
Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall
Water in Environmental Planning
Thomas Dunne and Luna Leopold
Wilderness and the American Mind
Roderick Nash
With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature
R. Kaplan, S. Kaplan and R. Ryan