Landscape Architecture — Most Admired Educators


Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in architecture and design education, and education administration, by naming outstanding professionals from these fields. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion. The most admired educators are selected by DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students.

Kofi Boone

Kofi Boone

Professor, North Carolina State University

“Pursues relationships with the community and approaches landscape architecture from the point of view of wanting to build bridges and create communities rather than just creating pretty objects.”

Jules Bruck

Jules Bruck

Professor & Director of Landscape Architecture, University of Delaware

“Jules goes above and beyond to make sure all students are understanding the course material, comfortable with their work, and inspired to improve.”

Malcolm Cairnes

Malcolm Cairns

Professor, Ball State University

“If anyone was "born" to teach and act as an ambassador for Landscape Architecture, it is Malcolm”

Max Conrad

Max Conrad

Professor, Louisiana State University

“His love for students, the profession, and teaching are infectious.”

Ned Crankshaw

Ned Crankshaw

Professor & Chair, University of Kentucky

“Ned continues the tradition at UKLA of strong design thinking, balanced with good technical skills. He is accessible and a true ambassador of the profession.”

Joseph Ewan

Joseph Ewan

Professor, Arizona State University

“Joe brings a practical and professional side to his teaching that allows the students a very real world work experience perspective.”

Omar Faruque

Omar Faruque

Department Head & Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

“He is passionate about landscape architecture he recognizes how broad the field of study is. He gets inspiration from many different disciplines and uses those to create interesting designs.”

Dorothée Imbert

Dorothée Imbert

Chair, Head of Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University

“High standards in every aspect of the profession---design, literature, research, technology, theory. Well spoken, inspirational, fair, and witty.”

Kristian Kelle

Kristian Kelley

Professor, Arizona State University

“He had a great approach to design in his design studios, challenging the students to implement sustainable and unique designs. He encouraged us to think outside of the box and provided constructive criticism.”

Beth Meyer

Beth Meyer

Professor, University of Virginia

“Commitment to academic rigorousness, devotion to theory, history of practical application, great teacher.”

Joan Nassauer

Joan Nassauer

Professor, University of Michigan

“Visionary leader in Ecological design, empowers women students.”

Galen Newman

Galen Newman

Professor, Texas A&M University

“He is so knowledgeable but is also an approachable person that many of his students see him not only as a mentor but also as a friend.”

Stephanie Rolley

Stephanie Rolley

Professor & Department Head, Kansas State University

“She constantly reminds me why I chose this profession and what I can accomplish as a woman in this field.”

David Watts

David Watts

Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

“Dave shows up every day with passion, empathy and a commitment to excellence.”

Andrew Wilcox

Andrew Wilcox

Professor, Chair Department of Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

“As a professor, he challenges students to execute at a high level. As a chair, he consistently prioritizes the needs of the students first.”