The seminar will occur on two Wednesdays each month during the spring semester.Seminar reading and discussion, and demonstrations and experiments will include: The visual landscape: why think about it, and for whom? Which \'\'landscape\'\': real, visible, seen, perceived, remembered, or simulated? Descriptive theories and methods: which aspects of landscapes are important? Evaluative theories and methods: experts or the public? Control theories and methods: design, management, policy, or law?I am convinced that these issues are central to design in general. My objective, simply stated, is to expose these issues and the research supporting them. I am particularly interested in preparing students who will be designing landscape plans which incorporate visual quality issues to face the major theoretical constructs within which their activities will be taking place.