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Graduate landscape architecture program ranked No. 2 in North America

Virginia Tech's graduate landscape architecture program has been ranked No. 2 in North America, behind Harvard University in first place, in the 11th annual America's Best Architecture and Design Schools survey by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The Master of Landscape Architecture program is offered both at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC)  in the National Capital Region and in Blacksburg.

Other graduate programs ranked in the top 10 by DesignIntelligence are: Louisiana State University (3), Kansas State University (4), University of Georgia (5), University of Pennsylvania (6), University of Virginia (7), Texas A&M University (8), Cornell University (9), and Ball State University (10).

(above) Students work on landscape

design for the Virginia Tech Lumenhaus

at the 2009 Solar Decathlon on the

National Mall, Washington, D.C.

(below) The design featured green roof

terraces that were used for water treatment

and to lower the home's carbon footprint.

Among undergraduate landscape architecture programs, Virginia Tech ranked No. 1.

DesignIntelligence ranks accredited undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. Its survey, conducted in mid-2009, tapped professional practice leaders who have direct experience in hiring and evaluating the performance of recent architecture and design graduates. A cross-section of U.S firms with disbursed geographic profiles were invited to participate.

All told, 381 professional practices were included in this research, including some of the largest architecture and design firms in the United States. Also responding were small- and medium-sized firms that rank among the most respected design organizations. Participants were queried about many issues, including preparedness for practice, admired educators, how programs rate in teaching various skill sets and sustainability education trends.

The rankings are compiled using data from surveys conducted and analyzed by DesignIntelligence with supplemental information from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the National Architectural Accreditation Board, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and design organizations in each discipline. In addition to the best schools study, deans and chairs from 166 academic programs participated in separate surveys. There were also 1,978 architecture students who completed surveys about their satisfaction with design education.

DesignIntelligence also looked beyond a one-year ranking to a more multi-dimensional stratification of excellence that identifies programs with long-term distinction. Virginia Tech's landscape architecture program is named one of America's World-Class Landscape Architecture schools with highest distinction.

For more information on the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the National Capital Region, contact Program Director Laurel McSherry.

Posted January 14, 2010