Merging Architecture and Landscape Designs

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Vectorworks
Presented by Sarah Barrett

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define how architecture and landscape architecture practices can be merged.
  2. List the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits of melding site and architectural design.
  3. 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.
  4. Describe the benefits to the designer, builder, and occupant of merging indoor and outdoor architectural design strategies and features.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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The process of integrating exterior and interior features often begins with a desire to both physically enhance the occupant experience inside the built environment while also addressing energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Integrating a building into the landscape allows architects to design for the environment and lowers a building’s ecological footprint. Architects and landscape architects, building owners, occupants, and building visitors can all benefit from creative, aesthetic, and sustainable designs that merge seamlessly with the environment of the site location.

Merging Arch

Design by Antoine Predock Architect PC. Photo ©Tim Hursley


Sarah Barrett brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer, as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling, to her role as an architect product Specialist at Vectorworks. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, she helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. Sarah also leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from Brown University.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.


Originally published in April 2019