During a week when most college students are focused on barreling through their last final and heading home for a holiday break, fourth-year landscape architecture students were spending an unseasonably warm December day building a shade structure for preschoolers.
When Ryan Hargrove, a faculty member in the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture, started teaching the methods and materials course four years ago, he redesigned it to include more sustainable and service-learning projects. Each year, the class works with a client in the community to design and build some type of structure. This year, they worked with UK’s Early Childhood Laboratory, which provides a teaching tool to early childhood learning majors and is one of the highest-rated childcare facilities in the state.
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Pennsylvania State University Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)
UPDATE | 2014 Design Intelligence rankings for Design Schools is now avaliable
Its that time of year again when Design Intelligence releases their list of Best American Architecture Schools for 2012 including the best landscape architecture schools. The list has changed from 2011 when we last reported on the list with Pennsylvania State University moving up the rankings in the Undergraduate degrees and Kansas State University rising up the best Graduate School list.
Design Intelligence asked numerous firms “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” and the Top 5 for Undergraduate and Graduate schools are:
1 Louisiana State University
2 Pennsylvania State University
3 California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
3 Purdue University
3 Texas A&M University
1 Harvard University
2 Louisiana State University
3 Kansas State University
4 Cornell University
4 University of Pennsylvania
Kansas State University Campus (Flickr User: russfeld_2166)
Continue reading Penn State and Kansas State rise up the Best American Landscape Architecture Schools lists
It’s that time of year when Design Intelligence publishes it’s design school rankings survey. The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners in the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by Design Intelligence is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council. This 12th annual survey was conducted in mid-2010.
The Top 5 Design Schools for Landscape Architecture:
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
1. Harvard University
2. Louisiana State University
3. Texas A&M University
4=. Cornell University
4=. University of Pennsylvania
4=. University of Virginia
4=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.
For undergraduate programs Texas A&M University was the biggest mover this year up from 7th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. As for graduate study once again Texas A&M University has moved up the rankings from 8th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. Also Cornell University went from 9th to equal 4th. Harvard has once again topped the graduate rankings for 2011; a ranking it has held since 2005.
Landscape Professionals were also surveyed on university programs based upon graduate skills which ranks Communication, Design, Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Principles & Practices. Also included in the survey are the results from a Deans Survey and the Pass Rates of LARE by Section.
The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is available from Design Intelligence in printed and pdf format for $39.95USD
For more information about the survey and research process
Continue reading LSU & Harvard top America’s Best Schools Survey