Rankings for the country's top architecture and design schools were recently announced by DesignIntelligence, a publication focused on emerging trends and best practices within the design industry. The rankings rate university programs around the country based on surveys of industry professionals and includes many different areas of study and expertise. Kansas State University received a number of top five rankings including the number one ranking in educating and preparing students with sustainable design principles (click here to read a press release from the university). K-State also placed second in developing analysis and planning skills, construction methods and materials training, and cross-disciplinary teamwork, third in overall design skills and communication skills, and fourth at computer applications skills. The graduate program in architecture ranked fifth overall in the country.
We want to congratulate the University on their efforts as well as their success at educating the designers of tomorrow. These students will bring much needed vision, optimisim and energy to creating more sustainable buildings, communities and cities for the future.
Students from K-State have used Greensburg as the basis for a number of different projects over the last 4 1/2 years. One undergraduate architecture studio designed and built a series of sustainable demonstration "cubes" for GreenTown and another studio created sustainable house designs (drawings and models of these are on display at our Green Visitors Center) which we were able to use as education tools for the residents and visitors we work with. A landscape architecture studio also created sustainable landscape designs for a previously proposed Big Well Museum design.