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Texas Tech’s landscape architecture program on list of best undergrad schools

Texas Tech’s landscape architecture program on list of best undergrad schools

DesignIntelligence reports that this year’s rankings by deans, administrators, students and practitioners show that there is considerable quality in design schools but also reveals an unrelenting and increasingly dynamic restlessness for renewed strength and fresh relevance.

In that vein, Texas Tech University’s Department of Landscape Architecture undergraduate program rolls out in the report’s eleventh spot, firmly seated in the top tier of the nation’s more than 90 landscape architecture collegiate programs. The ranking was featured earlier this month in the new edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2013”

“We’re very pleased,” said Alon Kvashny, chairman of Tech’s Department of Landscape Architecture. “This is a can-do place. The people here come in every day and roll up their sleeves. They put ideas into action.”

DesignIntelligence  editors note that any “drifting away from quality expectations is most certainly the enemy to the design professions of the future.” In this year’s DesignIntelligence rankings study, several new areas are featured, including the strongest branded schools in 22 categories. Since 2004, DesignIntelligence began ranking undergrad and grad programs separately.

The report’s ‘Top 15 Landscape Architecture’ programs (undergraduate) are ranked:

  • Louisiana State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Cornell University
  • Calif. Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  • Purdue University
  • University of Georgia
  • Ball State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Iowa State University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Michigan State University
  • Ohio State University

DesignIntelligence, published by Greenway Communications, is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering research, commentary and best practices. The publication’s editors note that one story behind the rankings this year is that there are some outstanding programs that are either too new or too small to get recognized in the lists of top schools. However, this is a time of tremendous change for the design professions, and with it, massive opportunity for schools of all sizes.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Alon Kvashny, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2858 or alon.kvashny@ttu.edu

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