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College of Environment and Design ranked top in nation by magazine

The College of Environment and Design was recently ranked first in the nation for landscape architecture sustainable design practices and principles by Design Intelligence magazine. The announcement was made in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.”

The college also had three top-five rankings—all in skills assessment categories—in communications, design and research and theory. It ranked sixth in the nation overall for its landscape architecture programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

There are 53 accredited landscape architecture schools in the U.S.

Licensed landscape architects in the U.S. consider issues of design quality as well as sustainability/climate change to be the profession’s highest priorities, notes the Design Intelligence report.

“UGA’s national rankings of first in sustainable design practices and principles and third in design hold great significance and value for students, alumni and the CED’s reputation,” said Daniel Nadenicek, dean of the College of Environment and Design. “These accolades also complement the award winning Office of Sustainability at UGA and its director Kevin Kirsche.”