Three Iowa State design programs ranked high by practitioners

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design are among the best in the nation, according to a survey by DesignIntelligence.

DesignIntelligence is a monthly publication for leaders in design professions. The magazine's annual ranking, "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," is the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design.

Iowa State's undergraduate architecture program ranked 12th in the survey. There are 115 accredited architecture schools in the United States.

Iowa State's undergraduate landscape architecture program tied for 12th place with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There are 45 accredited undergraduate programs in landscape architecture in the U.S.

Iowa State's undergraduate interior design program was ranked 13th. A total of 122 accredited programs offer bachelor's degrees in interior design/interior architecture.

In addition, ISU's architecture program tied for second place with Kansas State University, Manhattan, in a ranking of programs in the Midwest.

In a ranking of landscape architecture schools that provide the best preparation in construction methods and materials, Iowa State tied for eighth place with Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

The DesignIntelligence rankings are based on information provided by schools and on rating by practitioners. The publication contacted practitioners in leading professional firms and organizations that have direct experience with the hiring and performance of graduates. They were asked to indicate which schools graduated their firm's best-prepared hires of the past five years.

Architecture, landscape architecture and interior design are in the College of Design.