Cal Poly Ranks Best in the West for both Architecture and Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Programs

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture and bachelor of landscape architecture programs earned “Best in the West,” placing No. 1 in undergraduate programs in top schools of the Western states of the 2016-17 DesignIntelligence rankings. The landscape architecture program moved from No. 6 to No. 3 on the top 25 undergraduate landscape architecture programs in the United States. The architecture program remained as No. 2 in the nation, maintaining its spot in the top three undergraduate programs for the past five years.

The landscape architecture program placed in the top 5 for five out of the nine skillsets surveyed and is highly recognized for its knowledge and use of construction methods and materials, earning the first place in this skillset. Cal Poly was acknowledged for preparing graduates for success as registered landscape architects and LEED-accredited professionals. According to the deans’ survey, Cal Poly was rated the No. 1 most admired undergraduate landscape architecture program.

“We have a highly dedicated faculty who orchestrate their quality teaching with their scholarly activities,” said Omar Faruque, chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. “Our program has been rated, year after year, as the best landscape architecture program in the West and as one of the top programs in the nation.”

Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program ranked No. 2 in the nation and has placed in the top 10 of all nine skillsets. Cal Poly was deemed strongest nationally in two categories: construction methods and materials and sustainable design practices and principles.  Notably, in 8 out of 9 of the skillsets, Cal Poly is No. 1 for all public universities in the nation out of the 150 programs eligible. The bachelor of architecture program has ranked No. 2 in the nation for the second year in a row and has placed in the top five in the nation for the ninth year in a row.

In addition to program rankings, the DesignIntelligence annual report honors excellence in education and educational administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. Michael Lucas, associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, received the Most Admired Educator Award for the 2016-2017 school year. Enthusiastic letters of nomination from students and alumni note the associate dean for his inspiring, sincere attitude and that “he understands today’s realities and makes the most of them.”

The ranking results are published in the 2016-2017 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” and are based on a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. Data was gathered from more than 2,900 practitioners that hire recent graduates.

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