Purdue's landscape architecture program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. Student projects range from urban redevelopment to designing entire new communities. (Photo by Tom Campbell)
This is the first time the publication has ranked landscape architecture programs in its annual report, “ America 's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2005.” The rankings are based on a survey of landscape architecture professionals who are asked to rank programs based on how well graduates are prepared for “real world” practice.
“One of the strengths of our program is the co-op education element,” says Ed Ashworth, head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “Our undergraduate students spend one year working in a professional environment, which gives them experience and opens their eyes to the demands of the profession. We are one of the few programs in the country with this requirement.”