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Penn State’s Undergraduate, Graduate Landscape Architecture Programs Ranked Among Best in Country

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Penn State's undergraduate and graduate Landscape Architecture programs, part of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, have received top rankings in the annual DesignIntelligence survey, in which leading practitioners across the country rank the best schools for preparing students for practice in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.

In the 2013 rankings of landscape architecture programs, Penn State’s undergraduate landscape architecture program continued its position among the very top programs in the country with a No. 3 ranking, while the graduate landscape architecture program made its debut on the survey at No. 7.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is among those Penn State departments that maintain consistently high national rankings,” said Ron Henderson, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture. “We are leaders across the entire University.”

Hiring firms specifically cited Penn State Landscape Architecture for strength in computer applications, ranking the program fourth among colleges and universities for educating in this particular skill area.

In a separate survey of landscape architecture deans and department heads, the Landscape Architecture program was ranked the third most-admired program in the nation.

“For more than a decade, our Penn State Landscape Architecture program has been among the most widely admired in educating landscape architects, as reviewed by both professionals and academic deans,” Henderson said. “We will continue to work hard to maintain this recognition.”

DesignIntelligence is a publication of the Design Futures Council, a global interdisciplinary network of design, product and construction leaders. Its ranking methodology is weighted toward preparation for professional practice.

H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is a leader in professional design education comprised of an interdisciplinary confederation of strong design disciplines: Architecture, Design, and Landscape Architecture.