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UGA landscape architect program awarded reaccreditation

Athens, Ga. – The bachelor of landscape architecture program in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design has received reaccreditation status from the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board, a division of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

After a lengthy self-study process by faculty, staff and administrators in CED and an independent assessment from the accreditation team in November, the B.L.A. program recently received official passing status, making it one of approximately 35 accredited B.L.A. programs in the country. CED Professor Gregg Coyle said, “We have one of the top five programs of landscape architecture in the nation and are ranked number one in the examination, exploration and design application of sustainable landscape architectural practices. It is only fitting that we be reaccredited. I would like to thank the administration at UGA for their unwavering support of the program and the time they spent with the accreditation team.”

Reaccreditation status for the six-year period is a testament to the solidity and the reputation of the B.L.A. at UGA, he added.

From in-service classes to various study abroad programs and college scholarships, the UGA B.L.A. offers a varied degree program that remains competitive.

David Spooner, an associate professor in the program and the future director of resident instruction, said, “Our recent success in earning reaccreditation confirms we are on the right track towards educating our students for professional practice; however, I recognize there is always more work to be done. I look forward to discovering and implementing new ways to strengthen the B.L.A. program and our students’ abilities as we look ahead.”