This article will explore the growing trend of fusing landscape design and architecture. Design that blends the lines between “indoor” and “outdoor” spaces is becoming increasingly popular both in an aesthetic and sustainable sense. This learning unit will look at the advantages of designing with a holistic approach to building and land, and the sustainability benefits of merging site design with architectural design.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how architecture and landscape architecture practices can be merged
  • List the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits of melding site and architectural design
  • Explain the importance of early planning and coordination with all members of the design and build teams for successful integration of interior and exterior design and features
  • Describe benefits to the designer, builder, and occupant of merging indoor and outdoor architectural design strategies and features