DesignIntelligence 2011 Landscape Architecture Program Rankings


DesignIntelligence released its 2011 landscape architecture graduate and undergraduate program rankings. Louisiana State University was listed as the best undergraduate landscape architecture program and Harvard University topped the list of graduate programs in the annual survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. This is the 5th year Harvard has topped the graduate program list.

Detailed rankings are available in the 12th edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools,” which assesses programs and education trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design.

Respondents from 220 organizations, which are listed in the report, answered questions about their level of satisfaction with current graduates. Of those surveyed, 78 percent were satisfied with the skills of recent landscape architecture program graduates. Those surveyed were also asked about the “biggest emerging concerns” in landscape architecture. This year, emerging concerns were listed as:

  • Sustainability / Climate Change (71 percent)
  • Maintaining Design Quality (54 percent)
  • Integrated Design (43 percent)
  • Urbanization (29 percent)
  • Retaining Quality Staff in Design Practices (26 percent)
  • Speed of Technological Change (20 percent)
  • Globalization (14 percent)
  • Aging of the Population (9 percent)
  • Licensing Issues (9 percent)
  • Other (9 percent)

This year, DesignIntelligence asked us to only list the top five schools for each program. To see the top ten rankings for each, purchase the report.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree Rankings:

1)  Louisiana State University
2)  Texas A&M University
3)  Purdue University, University of Georgia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (tied)

Master of Landscape Architecture Degree Rankings:

1)  Harvard University
2)  Louisiana State University
3)  Texas A&M University
4)  Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (tied)

In addition, DesignIntelligence also surveyed 126 deans and program chairs to identify their own rankings of the schools, significant changes in course offerings, and biggest emerging concerns. To see their responses, purchase the report.

Also, check out the 2010 and 2009 program rankings.

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