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The deans of landscape architecture programs note that the most significant changes in course offerings in the past five years has been more emphasis on sustainable design. Photo: Bioswale at the Nature Conservancy headquarters in Indianapolis, Rundell Ernstberger Associates www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/14128.
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When DesignIntelligence released its 2011 America's Best Architecture & Design Schools publication, it also included a survey of 37 landscape architecture deans and department heads who weighed in on the status and progress of their own and peer institutions.

Most Admired Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Programs

1. Pennsylvania State University
Cited for its integration of ecology and design, its new facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

2. Cornell University
Cited for its research faculty, electives that enable student choice of concentration and technical strength.

2. University of Georgia
Cited for its curriculum, its size and professional and business connections.

4. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Cited for its learn-by-doing focus and its balance of technology, sustainability and design.

4. University of Washington
Cited for its urban ecological emphasis, substantive community engagement and Green Futures Lab.

Most Admired Graduate Landscape Architecture Programs

1. University of Pennsylvania
Cited for its strong theoretical and systems base, its impact on the profession, and innovation.

2. University of Virginia
Cited for its critical approach to design and ecology, cross-disciplinary connection to architecture and
design excellence.

3. Harvard University
Cited for its theory and contemporary design exploration, its wealth of resources and its excellent faculty.

4. University of California at Berkeley
Cited for its rigorous scholarly work, its research-based design, and opportunities for community engagement.

5. University of Minnesota
Cited for its strong art and ecology focus and its leadership in social-cultural and economic issues.

The Most Significant Changes in Course Offerings in the Past Five Years (multiple responses allowed)

More emphasis on sustainable design: 77%
More emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated practice: 60%
More technology integration: 34%
Upgrades in technology (hardware or software): 34%
More emphasis on urban design: 34%
More emphasis on global issues/international practice: 31%
More community engagement: 31%
Study abroad opportunities: 29%
More integrative projects: 17%
Retention of quality teaching staff: 14%
More emphasis on professional practice: 9%

The Design Professions' Biggest Concerns (multiple responses allowed)

Sustainability/climate change: 91%
Urbanization: 63%
Integrated design: 34%
Aging of the population: 26%
Globalization: 23%
Speed of technological change: 20%
Maintaining design quality: 17%
Retaining quality staff in design practices: 6%
Licensing issues: 3%
Safety/security: 3%


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