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Landscape Architecture at UT Arlington ranked in top 20 nationally

News Release — 20 November 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture has earned a top 20 ranking from DesignIntelligence in its 11th annual publication of America's Best Architecture and Design Schools for 2010.

The program ranked alongside landscape architecture programs at Harvard, Cornell, Michigan and Texas A&M University. UT Arlington tied with Cal Poly Pomona, UC Berkeley and Illinois for 15th place in the listing.

"The program's high visibility in the profession and in academic circles explains this recognition," Landscape Architecture Professor Gary Robinette said. "Our students and faculty have received numerous awards for their design and research and our alumni have distinguished themselves in practice across Texas and throughout the U.S."

The survey, conducted in mid-2009, tapped professional practice leaders who have had direct experience in hiring and evaluating the performance of recent architecture and design graduates. All told, 381 professional practices were included in this research. In addition, deans and chairs from 166 academic programs participated in their own separate survey and 1,978 architecture students completed surveys about their satisfaction with design education.

The UT Arlington program also was cited as a program of "Notable Distinction," along with the Rhode Island School of Design, Arizona, Colorado and Texas Tech universities.  

"I've had associations with a number of universities," said Landscape Architecture Director Pat D. Taylor. "And, the accomplishments of this program and school are as laudable as any with which I've been associated. This program is one of four accredited programs in Texas, and the only one located in such a major market. Our success is linked to the activities and priorities of North Texas, which makes this an even greater laboratory to study landscape architecture."

Architecture Dean Donald Gatzke said, "This is another indication of the rising reputation and influence of the School of Architecture and our graduates. The landscape architecture profession is undergoing an evolution in its mission and purpose. Increasingly, it's taking on the very difficult challenges of regional development and environmental rehabilitation. Clearly, the program in Landscape Architecture at UT Arlington is one of the leaders in this movement."

The School of Architecture at UT Arlington has been recognized previously by the publication. In the 2008 edition of America's Best Architecture & Design Schools, DesignIntelligence ranked the Graduate Architecture Program as second in the South, just behind Clemson University. In 2006, the School of Architecture was ranked fifth overall in the region and tied for first place with Rice University in the "Most Innovative Architecture Programs" category.

DesignIntelligence is a bi-monthly report on the future and the repository of timely articles, original research, and industry news. It is published by the Design Futures Council, an interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment. Members include leading architecture and design firms, dynamic manufacturers, service providers, and forward-thinking AEC firms of all sizes that take an active interest in their future.

The University of Texas at Arlington is charting a course toward becoming a national research institution. UT Arlington has more than 28,000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in 180 fields within 10 colleges and schools. Sponsored research expenditures at UT Arlington are soaring, and our faculty members are recognized as innovators and pioneers. The University is attracting more top-tier faculty and students as it invests significant new resources in scholarships, stipends and grants.

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