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December 19, 2005

DesignIntelligence Releases List of Top Landscape Architecture Schools
Publication features regional rankings and comparisons to the 2005 rankings.

DesignIntelligence has released its seventh annual survey of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools, a survey that includes rankings of landscape architecture programs, along with assessments of architecture, interior design, and industrial design programs. The landscape architecture rankings include graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as regional rankings.

The study ranks programs accredited by the Landscape Architecture Review Board, based on the participation of leading landscape architecture firms and public practitioners. The surveys were conducted between June and July 2005 and were targeted to individuals with direct experience hiring and evaluating the performance of graduates. Participants were asked to identify the schools that have best prepared their graduates.

DesignIntelligence notes that, while the rankings can be helpful to current and prospective landscape architecture students, they should be considered among other factors, such as the job placement record of a program, the focus of study, faculty areas of specialization, and the availability and caliber of internships. The survey authors also recommend that students take part in campus visits and talk with graduates about their real-world experiences.

America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2006 is available for $39.95 in printed form, and $24.95 as a PDF download from DesignIntelligence.

Design Intelligence Top 15 Landscape Architecture Schools 2006*

Undergraduate Programs

  1. University of Georgia
  2. Purdue University
  3. Louisiana State University
  4. Pennsylvania State University
  5. Kansas State University
  6. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  7. Ohio State University
  8. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  9. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY;
  10. Cornell University
  11. Ball State University; Texas A&M University
  12. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; University of Florida; West Virginia University

Graduate Programs

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Louisiana State University
  5. University of Virginia
  6. Kansas State University
  7. Cornell University; University of California, Berkeley
  8. California Polytechnic University, Pomona; Ohio State University
  9. University of Michigan
  10. North Carolina State University; Texas A&M University
  11. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY; University of Florida; Utah State University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
*Where numbers are omitted a tie is indicated.



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