Cal Poly Pomona’s undergraduate landscape architecture program was ranked No. 10 in the nation by “DesignIntelligence Quarterly” in their 2017-18 list of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools moving up one spot. The graduate landscape architecture program was at No. 11, advancing three places.
More than 1,900 U.S. firms and organizations employing architecture, design, and landscape architecture professionals, along with 111 deans and chairs of academic programs in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture participated in the survey for DesignIntelligence.
Landscape architects are concerned with the design, management, preservation, and use of the land. At Cal Poly Pomona, coursework includes study of landscape design and planning processes, graphic communications, ecology, plants and planting design, construction methods, environmental history and extensive field study. In most courses, students develop design proposals that include technical and creative solutions for actual sites, often with client or community involvement.
“We design the public realm, planning the spaces where we spend our public and private lives outside,” says Andrew Wilcox, chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. Landscape architects can make an extraordinary and positive impact on the lives of people and their environment through the design of the places we live.
“As one of the largest and most diverse programs of our kind in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona combines the technical foundations of a polycentric education with creative and cultural capital of Southern California to train bravely curious students to address the ecological and social challenges of the 21st century.”