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Bradley E. Cantrell

Professor
Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Landscape Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 230
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
BSLA, University of Kentucky
MLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Biography

Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design.He has held academic appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. His work in Louisiana over the past decade points to a series of methodologies that develop modes of modeling, simulation, and embedded computation that express and engage the complexity of overlapping physical, cultural, and economic systems. Cantrell’s work has been presented and published in a range of peer-reviewed venues internationally including ACADIA, CELA, EDRA, ASAH, and ARCC.

ARCH 4010: Research Studio
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ALAR 5010: Introduction to Design
Credits: 1
The Summer Design Institute prepares graduate students admitted to the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture Programs for rigorous professional study in these design disciplines. Three courses comprise the full time course of study over a two month period during the University of Virginia's Summer Session. Introduction to design concepts from the scale of the city to the body, developing an understanding of design process and compositional strategies in architecture and landscape architecture. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture Program - required for entry into the three year course of professional study unless waived by the Department Chair.
LAR 5010: Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design Foundations
Credits: 1
The studio based course introduces students to design methodologies through a series of applied projects. Students will gain foundational skills that will prepare them for the foundational studios in the first year of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program.
ALAR 5020: Introduction to Design Visualization
Credits: 1
The Summer Design Institute prepares graduate students admitted to the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture Programs for rigorous professional study in these design disciplines. Three courses comprise the full time course of study over a two month period during the University of Virginia's Summer Session. Introduction to both digital and manual representational techniques, developing the precision and facility necessary for visual communication. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture Program - required for entry into the three year course of professional study unless waived by the Department Chair.
LAR 5020: Introduction to Landscape Architecture Representation
Credits: 1
A workshop based course that will present workflows and skills in analog and digital tools for the representation of landscape projects.
ALAR 5030: Introduction to Design Theory and Analysis
Credits: 1
The Summer Design Institute prepares graduate students admitted to the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture Programs for rigorous professional study in these design disciplines. Three courses comprise the full time course of study over a two month period during the University of Virginia's Summer Session. Introduction to the analysis of the physical environment at the intersection of historical understanding and contemporary imagination. Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Architecture or Master of Landscape Architecture Program - required for entry into the three year course of professional study unless waived by the Department Chair.
LAR 5030: Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design Theory
Credits: 1
A seminar that will examine foundational theories in the discipline of landscape architecture to develop a critical approach to contemporary practice.
ARCH 5130: Paper Matters
Credits: 2
Which is the role of publications in the contemporary architectural debate & in a school of architecture? The seminar has the purpose of experimenting the critical edition of contents, reflect on the instruments & educate in the related skills. It will combine the research on themes & other publications, the presence of experts & the editorial staff meetings, & will include short exercises, the definition of an editorial line.
ARCH 5132: Paper Matters II
Credits: 1–2
Which is the role of publications in the contemporary architectural debate & in a school of architecture? The seminar has the purpose of experimenting the critical edition of contents, reflect on the instruments & educate in the related skills. It will combine the research on themes & other publications, the presence of experts & the editorial staff meetings, & will include short exercises, the definition of an editorial line.
LAR 5993: Advanced Independent Research
Credits: 1–3
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
LAR 6710: Design Computation I
Credits: 3
This course introduces new conceptual frameworks on computational thinking, spatial structures, & associative modeling in conjunction with long-standing architectural techniques, technologies,& intra/inter software workflows fundamental to the design process. Terrain, vegetation, circulation, atmosphere,& water organize the semester, situate student learning activities, sequence learning assessments,& support critical, creative, & practical application.
LAR 7020: Foundation IV
Credits: 6
LAR 7020 is grounded in issues of urban design. Fundamental aspects of urban form are explored in contemporary contexts of cities impacted by urgent environmental, economic and social circumstances. Design propositions are generated at the scale of landscape infrastructure to that of individual citizens. Prerequisite: of ALAR 7010
LAR 7214: EcoTech IV
Credits: 4
Illuminating course looking at earthwork, and construction that integrates the principles of water and land into the studio, with an emphasis in self remediation, bioengineering, living systems and management.Typological library of solutions.
LAR 7416: Digital Practices IV
Credits: 1
Course explores ways of representing, analyzing and designing the landscape through a variety of 2D and 3D media. Through a series of lectures, exercises, fieldwork, case studies, reading discussions and workshops, students will be introduced to a diverse body of representational models and methods to address form, scale, materiality, context and time unique to the praxis of landscape architecture
LAR 7500: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1–3
Topical offerings in landscape architecture.
LAR 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor .
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
LAR 8020: Foundation Studio IV
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Typical projects include brownfields, urban landscape infrastructure, and sustainable designs. Prerequisite: ALAR 8010
ALAR 8020: Design Development Studio
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Typical projects include brownfields, urban landscape infrastructure, and sustainable designs. Prerequisite: ARCH 8010 or LAR 8010
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
LAR 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 3–12
Non-Topical Research.
SARC 9993: Advanced Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director.