College of Architecture and Planning


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College of Architecture and Planning.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture

  • Our landscape architecture program earned the highest distinction in the 2010 edition of Design Intelligence's "The Cramer Report: America's World-Class Landscape Architecture Schools," placing us with Cornell University, Harvard University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In its inaugural publication, "The Cramer Report: America's World-Class Schools of Architecture" included our Department of Architecture, Indiana's only state-supported architecture program.
  • The 2010 edition of Design Intelligence's "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools" gave high marks to our landscape architecture programs, placing the undergraduate program in the top 10 for the fourth straight year and the graduate program in the top 10 for the third consecutive year. The undergraduate program was seventh and the graduate program was 10th.
  • The John M. Craddock Wetland Nature Preserve Team, of which Ball State is a partner, earned the 2010 National Earth Team Volunteer Group Award for its efforts to restore wetlands in Muncie, Indiana, near the White River. Immersive learning projects with students and faculty in landscape architecture and biology have contributed to preserving this 27-acre rest stop for migrating birds and haven for other wildlife. The Craddock Wetland partnership was one of three national award winners selected from 50 state winners. At the state level, the Craddock Wetland partnership was among four winners chosen from 1,249 projects.
  • An architecture graduate student team won the 2011 U.S. Green Building Council Multifamily Midrise Design Competition, a national contest open to professionals.
  • A Ball State team of faculty and students was awarded second place in the 2011 Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) Challenge: Landscapes of Diversity. Ball State had the only student winning team in competition with professionals.   

Planning and Preservation

  • Planetizen’s 2014 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs ranked our master of urban and regional planning (MURP) program eighth in the Midwest and seventh among programs of its size.
  • The American Planning Association (APA) bestowed the 2010 National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice to Indianapolis' Regional Center Design Guidelines. Nearly 20 College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) students assisted the Circle City with the guidelines.
  • The Community Based Projects program helped address planning and development issues around the memorial site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the 9/11 attacks.
  • The graduate program in historic preservation is one of the first of its kind in the Midwest and is uniquely housed in the Department of Architecture.