Purdue landscape architecture program rated third in country

December 7, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's undergraduate landscape architecture program is rated third best in the country with two other schools, according to a new survey by DesignIntelligence magazine.

Purdue tied for third with the University of Georgia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the rankings of the top programs in the country. The rankings are reported in the magazine's November/December issue.

Purdue ranked sixth in last year's DesignIntelligence survey.

Robert J. Joly, professor and head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, said the ranking "reflects the high level of technical skill, creativity and professionalism shown by graduates of our program."

"By virtue of their coursework, their unique co-op educational experience and their close involvement in service-learning projects, our students are very well prepared to make a positive impact on society and on the profession of landscape architecture," he said.

Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively.

The survey was conducted in mid-2010 on behalf of the Design Futures Council, a network of design, product and construction leaders.

The magazine said it drew survey participants from leading firms throughout the United States and asked which college and university programs best prepared students for their profession.

"We are excited that the industry recognizes what an exceptional landscape architecture program we have at Purdue," said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. "Great faculty, dedicated staff, terrific students and an innovative curriculum have combined to make the Purdue program one of the best in the country."

The magazine surveyed four professions — architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and interior design. It said 220 organizations participated in the research. DesignIntelligence analyzed the data.
Writer:  Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu

Sources:  Jay Akridge, 765 494-8391, akridge@purdue.edu
                   Robert J. Joly, 765 494-1306, joly@purdue.edu

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