University of Virginia: School of Architecture

The Program in Landscape Architecture received rave reviews from the members of the reaccreditation team who visited the School January 31- February 2, 2005. The team consisted of Gary B. Kesler, FASLA (Associate Head, University of Illinois); Dawn Barrett (Dean, Rhode Island School of Design); and Neil Dean, FASLA (Principal, Sasaki Associates). “They reported that we met all the standards and also that our students are extremely mature and thoughtful,” said Julie Bargmann, Associate Professor and Program Director. In preparation for the team’s visit, the landscape architecture students mounted an impressive exhibit of their work, spanning the past several years, under the direction of Assistant Professor Caroline Westort.

While the team’s final written report is expected in a couple weeks, Dawn Barrett, Dean of the Rhode Island School of Design, commented at an open reporting session that landscape architecture is a “very strong program, enviable, in fact – and worthy of its elite status.” The team was also impressed with both the autonomy and the opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement the program enjoys within the new joint department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Plans are underway to publish the work from the reaccreditation exhibit, and interest has been expressed from other parts of the university in learning more about the School’s curricular emphasis on community engagement, to be held as a model for other disciplines.

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Published: February 7, 2005