Landscape Architecture Program Climbs DesignIntelligence Rankings

Landscape architecture class.

DesignIntelligence rated the UMass Amherst bachelor’s of science in landscape architecture (BSLA) as 23rd among the top 25 Most Admired Schools for 2018, and the undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs came in at 13th among similar sized programs in the category of Schools Most Hired by Firms. 

DesignIntelligence has released rankings of landscape architecture programs for 18 years. The 2018 rankings were formulated from surveys sent to 6,000 hiring professionals, 5,000 students and 350 professors who ranked the schools.                                                                                                               

“This ranking is particularly significant because it comes from practitioners in the field,” explains Patricia McGirr, BSLA Program Director and Assistant Chair for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. 

Among the 25 Most Admired Schools, UMass Amherst was the only one in New England, and the highest rated program in the Northeast. 

“The practitioners who vote in the rankings in DesignIntelligence are the people who will be hiring our future alumni. So this achievement means that the landscape architects in the profession will pay attention to our students' applications more than they might to those coming from schools that aren't in the rankings,” McGirr adds.