Most Admired Landscape Architecture Schools


To be successful, firms and organizations in landscape architecture need people who are talented and well-trained. Leaders and hiring managers in these types of organizations have a strong interest in the education and preparation of students who are the future workforce of the profession. Through hiring and working with graduates of many different programs, the leaders and hiring managers of landscape architecture firms have a perspective on the relative strengths of schools and how well graduates are prepared for professional practice. Below are the most admired landscape architecture schools from the DesignIntelligence 2019 School Rankings Survey.

Undergraduate

School Name 2018-19 2019-20
Pennsylvania State University 3 1
Louisiana State University 1 2
Cornell University 2 3
University of Georgia 4 4
Ohio State University 5 5
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 6 6
Purdue University 7 7
Ball State University 12 8
Michigan State University 10 9
Iowa State University 8 10
Texas A&M University 9 11
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 11 12
Virginia Tech 14 13
Clemson University 18 14
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 13 15
University of Oregon 17 16
University of California, Davis 14 17
University of Wisconsin, Madison 19 18
University of Washington 16 19
Arizona State University 21 20
State University of New York, Syracuse 24 21
Colorado State University 26 22
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 23 23
University of Kentucky 20 24
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 25 25

Graduate

School Name 2018-19 2019-20
Harvard University 1 1
Cornell University 3 2
University of Pennsylvania 2 3
Louisiana State University 5 4
University of Virginia 7 5
University of California, Berkeley 6 6
Pennsylvania State University 11 7
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 4 8
Rhode Island School of Design 9 9
University of Georgia 8 10
Ohio State University 10 11
Ball State University 24 12
University of Michigan 12 12
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 16 14
Texas A&M University 13 15
University of Texas, Austin 15 16
University of Washington 13 16
Virginia Tech 16 18
North Carolina State University 18 19
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 18 19
University of Oregon 21 21
Iowa State University 21 22
Arizona State University 23
Clemson University 23
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 25