Plan for Social Distancing

Landscape Architecture: Fall 2020 - Plan for Social Distancing as of 8/14/2020

The following draft plan will continue to be updated as the health crisis evolves, and university policies change to meet current realities. In all cases, any inconsistency with university guidance should be resolved by following university guidance. To view the latest UMD communication, please visit COVID-19 Updates and Resources.

While the health crisis persists, most LARC studio courses will be taught with a combination of online instruction with limited face-to-face in-class instruction. Decisions about these are made on a course-by-course basis by the individual instructors. Details regarding limited face-to-face instruction and access to specialized equipment located in the Plant Sciences Building is given below.
(Studio courses: LARC 141, 489R, 320, 340, 440, 620, 640, 642, 721, 748)

General Guidance:

  • The senior studio will be open for undergraduate students up to 10 students at a time.

  • Students will have to schedule their visit using appointment slots on Google calendar.

  • Availability is on a first signed up, first served basis. If demand is high, we may have to limit students to once or twice per week.

  • Access times will be 12 pm to 6 pm Monday and Wednesday, and 8 am to 6 pm Tuesday and Thursday to match the student class times.

  • There will be no assigned desks. Students will have to bring their gear with them to the studio, and then bring it home again when they are done for the day.

  • The 3-year MLA studio will be open for graduate students up to 6 students at a time. All other policies are the same as undergraduate students.

  • For printing purposes only, the other studios may be used by one student at a time. The workstation to be used for printing will be marked.

  • Specific desks will be taped off that students can use (or not use) to achieve social distancing. Student's swipe cards will be restricted to specified access times. Students will disinfect their hands and studio workstations before and after using them (desk, drafting table, computer mouse and keyboard).

  • Hallways to the faculty offices and laboratories are off limits. Students will come in through the Critique Hall door and ride up the elevator or take north side stairs to the second floor. To exit, students will go down to the first floor using the south side stairs near the break room, then leave through the doors on the north side by Regents Garage.

  • Accessing printers and other facilities - Students may need to print or use specialized equipment. Access will be granted on a case-by-case basis and scheduled so that a controlled number of students at a time is present in any printing room, or other specified indoor space. Instructors may hold meetings with students in a studio but must observe the maximum occupancy requirements, social distancing protocols, and cleaning plans. Students will be required to follow all safety protocols established by the university, college and department. Requests for access to facilities must be made via email to both the undergraduate chair (Professor Nola: and graduate chair (Professor Ellis: 

  • Field Trips - Field trips are in-person activities included in studio and technical courses. See instructor for details

  • Computing Resources - All design software needed by students in our program is available to students free of charge. In most cases students may download software from and install it on their personal computers. Software that is not available through terpware may be accessed through UMD Graphic Desktop (AGNR), a remote desktop application.

  • Equipment Purchases - On occasion, some specialized software and equipment will be purchased at the program’s discretion for student use to augment the learning experiences. Students will be notified of these in advance and instructed how to use the materials. Students will not be charged any additional fees for these materials.

Accessing Studio Safety Requirements:

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Students and instructors must wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times when students are in the Plant Sciences Building.

  • Within studios, all students must observe physical distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart.

  • Students must follow sanitation protocols when entering the Plant Sciences Building and follow guidelines for entering and exiting of the building.

  • Enter the Plant Science Building using the Critique Hall entrance.

  • Take the elevator to the 2nd floor alone. If someone else is in the elevator then wait until it is empty.

  • Swipe into the senior studio and print room as needed. Sanitize your hands and work station before and after working.

  • Do not walk down the hallways with the faculty offices or labs.  Stay only in the corridor by the studios.

  • When leaving, sanitize your workstation, then take the stairs by the print room down to the 1st floor and exit through the doors by the parking garage.

  • Undergraduate studios were designed for 20 students. Under social distancing, only 10 students maximum will be allowed plus 1 instructor and 1 TA.

  • Graduate studios were designed for 12 students. Under social distancing, only 6 students maximum will be allowed plus 1 instructor.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who and how many students will access the space? How often?

  • Classes will be taught in the studio spaces on special occasions set up by the instructor.

  • Students may access the studio workstations in order to send files to the printeres or to use specialized equipment.

  • Students may only access the studios by request and must follow a strict schedule.

  • Only 10 students maximum may occupy the undergraduate studios at one time (2148, 2150, & 2152).

  • Only 6 students maximum may occupy the graduate studios at one time (1142, 2154, & 2156). All students must stay at least one empty studio station apart.

How does this correspond to a ratio of about 56 ft2 per student? (Campus is using about 56 ft2 for GPC).

  • Ratios for each room exceed the minimum square foot requirements of the university.

  • Rm 0104 - 1084 sq. ft. divided by 10 undergraduate students maximum equals 108 ft2

  • Rm 0111 - 375 sq. ft. divided by 2 students maximum equals 180 ft2

  • Rm 1144 - 211 sq. ft. divided by 2 students maximum equals 105 ft2

  • Rm 2137 - 748 sq. ft. divided by 10 students maximum equals 74 ft2

  • Rm 1142 - 860 sq. ft. divided by six graduate students maximum equals 143 ft2

  • Rm 2148 - 1090 sq. ft. divided by 10 undergraduate students maximum equals 109 ft2

  • Rm 2150 - 1090 sq. ft. divided by 10 undergraduate students maximum equals 109 ft2

  • Rm 2152 - 1065 sq. ft. divided by 10 undergraduate students maximum equals 106 ft2

  • Rm 2154 - 830 sq. ft. (SSF) divided by six graduate students maximum equals 138 ft2

  • Rm 2156 - 830 sq. ft. divided by six graduate students maximum equals 138 ft2

  • Rm 2157 - 165 sq. ft. divided by one student maximum equals 165 ft2


How will this access be controlled or monitored?

  • Access will be controlled and monitored by card swipe access, computer workstation usage, and printing logs.

  • Students may only access the studios by request and must follow a strict schedule.


How will students enter and leave – e.g. are there controls and separate entry and exit routes to keep students separate.

  • Undergraduate studios have two doors. The entry door is by the swipe card device on the southwest side of the room.  The exit door is on the northwest side of the room.

  • Graduate studios have only one door for entry and exit. Access is via swipe card.

  • For all studios, the entrance doors with the swipe card device will have a hand sanitizer station beside it. Anyone entering the room is instructed to sanitize their hands prior to entering the room.

  •  All occupants of any studio will be instructed to maintain social distancing at all times.


What are your cleaning plans for instruments, equipment and for the general space?

  • Students are responsible for cleaning their space and wiping the door handles before leaving the room.

  • Students shall only work in their own personal desk space and must keep their work spaces organized and free of all trash.


What are your plans for PPE for students and instructors?

  • Students are asked to bring their own PPE. However, supplemental PPE will be provided at the entrance to the Plant Science Building at the Critique Hall entrance. All building occupants will be required to enter the building at that location.

If the course involves field trips or off-campus activities how will you handle this? Students may OPT to use personal vehicles but cannot be required to do so.

  • Instructors will make alternate arrangements for students who decide not to participate in the field trip.