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College of Environment and Design ranked in top 10 nationally

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Daniel Nadenicek

Dean Daniel Nadenicek among 25 Most Admired Educators

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design earned top 10 rankings in four categories in DesignIntelligence magazine’s 2016 edition of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.

The report, which is published by the Design Futures Council-a global network of design, product, construction and real estate leaders-also lists the college’s dean, Daniel Nadenicek, among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

“These latest rankings for UGA’s College of Environment and Design are gratifying, but they’re certainly not a surprise,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “The college’s faculty, students and programs are outstanding, and the leadership of Dean Nadenicek is exemplary.”

The America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey, which is in its 16th year, is conducted annually among 1,426 design professionals. In the landscape architecture category, UGA’s undergraduate program tied for fourth and has been ranked among the top 10 for a decade. UGA’s graduate landscape architecture program placed 10th in the 2016 ranking.

DesignIntelligence also tallied responses from 40 education leaders for its Survey of Landscape Architecture Deans and Department Heads. In that survey, UGA’s undergraduate landscape architecture program tied for third while its master’s degree program tied for fourth place.

“All of the credit for this success goes to our award-winning faculty and our creative and highly motivated students,” said Nadenicek, who also holds the Constance Knowles Draper Chair. “It is a true honor to work with such an outstanding team.”

The College of Environment and Design
The UGA College of Environment and Design is one of the most established programs of its kind in the U.S. and consistently ranks among the top 10 environment and design schools. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in landscape architecture and graduate degrees in historic preservation and environmental planning. Graduates of these professional programs receive an in-depth and cross-disciplinary degree that emphasizes hand and computer graphics, site engineering, horticulture, storm water management and environmental design for sites ranging from residential to public space and regional site planning. For more information, see