Cal Poly Pomona’s landscape architecture program earned top 10 ranking in the “DesignIntelligence Quarterly” 2017-18 list.

The list includes 15 of the best architecture and design schools in America.

The CPP landscape architecture program is slowly moving up on this list along with the graduate landscape architecture program that ranked No. 11. The undergraduate program moved up one spot and the graduate program moved up three.

DesignIntelligence is a company that supports architecture, engineering, construction and design organizations through events, networking and research.

The Landscape undergraduate programmed moved up one spot and the graduate program moved up three spots. (Fredy Ramirez | The Poly Post)

DesignIntelligence asked 2,654 architects and interior design professionals from 1,923 practicing firms to list U.S. architect programs that they thought best prepared students for a future profession.

The survey results from the professionals were used to rank the schools overall programs.

Landscape architects design the areas around us with the surrounding environment in mind.

Andrew Wilcox, the Department Chair of the Architecture Landscape Program, describes landscape architects as “designers of the public realm.”

“Anything outside of a building, we touch and organize. Ideally, it’s done responsively and sensitively to local contexts,” Wilcox said.

The landscape architecture program at CPP gives the students the opportunity to learn in and out of the classroom.

Its goal is to highlight the importance of the real world profession.

There are several field trips and projects built into the curriculum to expose students to professionals and firms that work in the field.

“As much as we can, we [the department] try to connect with projects that matter to people,” Wilcox said.

This motivates and excites the students because they get hands on experience and understanding of different aspects of the actual profession.

The cohesive faculty and student input makes the program rewarding.

The landscape architect faculty works hard to maintain relationships with its students through constant communication and availability.

“It feels good, to be a part of this program, like an honor,” Eddy Gonzalez, a second-year landscape architect student said. “Professors put in 100 percent, so I do the same and try my hardest.”

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