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Publication places Knowlton School program and professor among tops in U.S.

The Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture's undergraduate and graduate Landscape Architecture programs ranked highly in the 2016-2017 DesignIntelligence rankings of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” The undergraduate program ranked 6th in the nation and 2nd in the Deans Survey for most admired program for "its progressive faculty focusing on design, critical thinking and leadership." The graduate landscape architecture program ranked 13th out of the top 25 programs in the nation, according to both hiring professionals and academic leaders.

Knowlton HallAnd for the second time in three years, DesignIntelligence has named Knowlton School Professor of Architecture and Architecture Section Head Robert Livesey one of the 25 Most Admired Educators

Knowlton School Professor and Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert credits the strength of the programs on the cohesiveness and complementarity of an extremely energetic faculty. She said, "The faculty's avenues of research, from speculative design to alternative agroecologies and urban land exchange, have already garnered recognition. As we further develop our portfolio of teaching and research, we are seeking regional and interdisciplinary partnerships to expand our impact on our environment through test sites and experimental landscapes, with the goal of becoming the foremost Midwestern landscape architecture program with an international recognition."

For more than 16 years, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking in four key disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design. The publication ranks accredited programs from the perspective of professional practitioners who hire and supervise graduates of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design programs (“hiring professionals”). For the three professions reported, a total of 2,920 hiring professionals from 2,218 professional practice organizations returned validated survey responses.

The 2016-17 class of Most Admired Educators were selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students. Based on data provided by survey participants, the publication sums up Livesey's approach to teaching: "Demanding, intelligent and practical, Livesey has a strong dedication to current and past students, as well as the profession. An inspirational mentor to students, he has a cross border likability second to none. He understands that loyalty is created with a magnet that is used persistently over time."

During a career at Ohio State spanning three decades, Livesey’s dedication to teaching has been recognized on numerous occasions. In addition to being named one of the 30 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence in 2015, he is the recipient of the AIA Ohio Teaching Award and a 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University. To recognize Livesey’s 30 year legacy of teaching and leadership at Ohio State, Knowlton School alumnus Navy Banvard (BSARCH ’82) created the Robert S. Livesey Teaching Award Endowment Fund, which will provide annual awards to Knowlton faculty who excel in teaching and demonstrate a commitment to our students beyond the classroom.

condensed version of articles originally posted by KSA