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.
Enrollment is open for the inaugural quarter of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at New School of Architecture and Design (NSAD). The three-year program, which begins in the fall of 2010, emphasizes contemporary issues such as urban sprawl, demands for clean water and healthy food, and coastal developments. It also explores the political and ecological considerations of California and Mexico’s shared border.
“NewSchool is filling a long-standing need to further environmental design in one of California’s most vibrant landscapes,” said Dr. Steven Altman, NSAD’s president. “The landscape architecture program builds on the school’s commitment to urban sustainability and improving the quality of life in the built and natural environments.”
A rainy morning in Suzhou for the start of the 2010 IFLA Congress. Police escort for the bus convoy to the Suzhou Expo Centre in the newer part of Suzhou. Welcoming speeches from Chinese and Suzhou Government officials. Professional, friendly conference to further landscape architecture. The Keynote speeches gave an overall view of Chinese historical & modern landscape, modern landscape architecture, heritage through digital records and reviews of Landscape Architecture efforts by Shanghai, Suzhou & Guangzhou government officials. There was also a presentation by Niall Kirkwood titled Resilient Landscapes which gave us much to ponder about the role of landscape architects.
The Utah State University’s Board of Trustees,announced recently that the university’s Department of Landscape and Environmental Planning will become part of the College of Agriculture, strengthening both the department and college’s commitments to sustainable development.
The change, which will occur July 1, is part of strategic restructuring in the LAEP department’s current administrative home, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, which is being divided into a college that includes the humanities and social sciences and a new Caine College of the Arts. As part of that split, USU President Stan Albrecht gave the LAEP department faculty and administrators a unique opportunity to evaluate the department’s plans and goals and consider which college could best support them.
AECOM has launched for its second year, an open student ideas competition for 2010 – Urban SOS.
The competition seeks to engage students in the design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental and related fields, with the urban conditions that are now facing the majority of the world’s population.
This year, AECOM are exploring the topic of ‘Transformations,’ looking at seven cities in particular that are in the midst of a change or collection of changes that represent both challenges and opportunities to the shared futures of each city. Entrants must submit a site redevelopment plan that addresses specific issues in one of the following seven cities:
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Johannesburg, South Africa
Port au Prince, Haïti
São Paulo, Brazil
The top four finalist/teams will travel to Barcelona to attend the World Architecture Festival from 3-5 November, 2010, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.