Which schools are best preparing students for success as a landscape architect?

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.

For over a decade, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking as determined by practitioners who employ design professionals.

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 15th annual survey was conducted in mid-2014.

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 are excluded from the results.

For the four professions surveyed, a total of 1,426 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 – 2015

1

Louisiana State University

2

Pennsylvania State University

3

Cornell University

4

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

4 (tie)

University of Georgia

The Top 5 Graduate Landscape Architecture Programs – 2015

1

Harvard University

2

University of Pennsylvania

3

Cornell University

4

University of California at Berkeley

5

Louisiana State University

Note: Respondents selected from lists of undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board