The graduate and undergraduate programs in landscape architecture at Texas A&M University are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools,” a list compiled annually by the Design Futures Council, publishers of the bi-monthly Design Intelligence newsletter.
This year, the Master of Landscape Architecture program ranked fourth and the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture placed fifth in the annual nationwide survey that asks academic and industry leaders which accredited professional programs best prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s real-world practice.
The 2009 rankings mark a steady upward march for the Texas A&M landscape architecture programs. The BLA program placed 11th in the 2006 Design Intelligence rankings, then 10th in 2007, and sixth in 2008, before tying at fifth with Cornell University this year. Similarly, the MLA program moved from 12th place in 2006, then slipped to 13th place in 2007 before jumping up to seventh place in 2008 and finishing fourth this year.
“Clearly, the rankings are a reflection of the relentless dedication of our talented faculty and students, implementation of a strong curricula, substantial investments in technology, and sustained efforts of the department and college to provide the best learning experiences for our students,” said Forster Ndubisi, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.
The publication also placed the preparedness of A&M landscape architecture graduates on top in five vital skill areas, including a first-place finish in the “analysis and planning” categories, second place in “computer applications,” third place in “research and theory,” fourth place in “design” and fifth place in “sustainable design practices and principles.”
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