Which landscape architecture programs are best preparing students for success in the profession?

Note: the full report—including landscape architecture programs ranked 6-15 and related rankings for architecture, interior design, and industrial design programs—is now available in print and PDF editions.

Survey Methodology:

America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. This 14th annual survey was conducted in mid-2013.

Selected professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising the performance of recent architecture and design graduates are invited to participate in the research. Survey participants, who are drawn from the Greenway Group database of leading firms throughout the United States, must verify they are currently responsible for hiring or supervising design professionals in each of the design fields for which they respond: architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. Surveys from non-qualifying individuals, including those not invited by DesignIntelligence to participate, are excluded from the results.

For the four professions surveyed, a total of 1,108 professional practice organizations participated in the research.

The professional practice survey queried participants on the question, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” In addition, they are queried about additional issues, such as how programs rate in teaching various skills.

The Top 5 Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Programs – 2014

1

Pennsylvania State University
2

Louisiana State University
3

Purdue University
4

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
5

University of Georgia

The Top 5 Graduate Landscape Architecture Programs – 2014

1

Harvard University
2

Kansas State University
3

Louisiana State University
4

University of Pennsylvania
5

Cornell University

Note: Responders selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board.