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The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities announced today that its undergraduate and graduate programs in landscape architecture will move from being a stand-alone department to become part of the School of Architecture.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs are housed in Lee Hall alongside allied design programs in architecture. This administrative reorganization will provide for more seamless collaboration among faculty and students, as well as sharing of resources and opportunities.

“Students and faculty in architecture and landscape architecture have many of the same interests, needs and priorities,” said Kate Schwennsen, director of the School of Architecture. “We already share a lot. We share the Fluid Campus, we share fluid studios, and we share a common commitment to research and service to the State of South Carolina. We share a design culture. We share the Clemson Architectural Foundation.

The new administrative structure will make it easier for students to take advantage of learning opportunities in each discipline through increased offerings in electives and minors. For faculty, collaborating across disciplines on initiatives of shared interest will be easier. Shared faculty committees offer another advantage.

“By consolidating our programs in architecture and landscape architecture under one administrative umbrella, we believe the academic experience will be a stronger, better one for undergraduate and graduate students in both programs,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

“I am grateful to chair Mary Padua for her four years of leadership of landscape architecture,” Goodstein continued. “Mary helped to achieve excellence in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, and in an innovative step, oversaw the revamping of the program from a five-year curriculum to four.

“I am also grateful to the faculty and students in landscape architecture who bring their talent, skills and vision to the challenge of answering some of society’s most interesting questions and pressing problems about how we will live in the years to come.”

The college took similar action in 2016 in moving the graduate program in historic preservation into the School of Architecture. The Master of Science of Historic Preservation is based at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston, along with the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, the new Master of Resilient Urban Design program and the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

“We at Clemson often speak about cross-disciplinary collaboration,” said Goodstein. “This move is an exciting step in that direction.”

Clemson University programs in architecture and landscape architecture have been named among the nation’s best in an annual ranking of accredited programs in the United States.

DesignIntelligence Quarterly 2016 ranked Clemson’s graduate program in architecture ninth among public institutions and 20th overall nationally in the annual 2016 publication “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” Clemson’s undergraduate program in landscape architecture is ranked 14th among public institutions and 15th overall.