The Program of Landscape Architecture at UT Arlington has been ranked 13th in the nation for 2013 according to DesignIntelligence, a national evaluating service based in Washington DC. The Program was previously ranked 15th in 2011. In order to be ranked all schools must be accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accredited Board (LAAB.) UT Arlington received its 5th consecutive re-accreditation in 2011 with its next review scheduled for 2017.
The Program was established by pioneer Dallas practitioner Richard B. Myrick in 1978. It originally offered both bachelor’s and master’s degrees but became a master’s-only curriculum in 1988. It is one of four accredited programs in Texas and one of 48 graduate programs in the US. Tied with UT Arlington for 2013 were Auburn University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Washington. “We were tied with some other schools last time,” said Dr. Pat D. Taylor, Director of the Program. “But, only one of those—the University of California at Berkeley—received ranking again this time.”
Taylor added, “We’re quite proud of our students, faculty and alumni for helping us achieve this recognition, and it says a great deal about the leadership of the School of Architecture and the University, as well. It also underscores our belief that North Texas is a remarkable laboratory for studying landscape architecture.”
The Program enrolls approximately 50 students with many coming from around the world to live and study in Dallas / Ft. Worth. Most recently students from UT Arlington won 7 of 12 design competitions sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.