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America’s Best Architecture Schools 2012

DesignIntelligence’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings are just out. Featured here are the top M.Arch. and B.Arch. programs.

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ARCHITECTURE SKILLS ASSESSMENT
The collegiate programs that practitioners deem strongest for each skill area.

Construction methods and materials

1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2
Kansas State University
3
University of Kansas 
4
Syracuse University
5
University of Cincinnati Research and theory
 

Research and Theory

1
Harvard University  
2
Yale University
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4
Princeton University
5
Southern California Institute of Architecture Sustainable design practices
 

Sustainable design practices

1
Kansas State University
2
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
3
University of Oregon
4
University of California, Berkeley
5
Auburn University
6
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

ARCHITECTURE DEANS SURVEY
Sixty deans and chairs of architecture departments responded to a survey about which undergraduate and graduate programs they considered the best.

Most-admired undergraduate architecture programs

1
Cornell University
2
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
3
Cooper Union
4
Syracuse University
5
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
   

Most-admired graduate architecture programs

1
Harvard University
2
Columbia University
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4
University of Pennsylvania
5
University of Michigan
   

 

ARCHITECTURE STUDENT SURVEY

This year 1,659 B.Arch. and M.Arch. Students registered their opinions in the DesignIntelligence student survey. Here is a sample of what students said, with more data available—including student satisfaction by school—in “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012” published by DesignIntelligence.

How they grade the quality of their program overall

56%
Excellent
34%
Above Average
8%
Average
2%
Below average
0%
Failing
   

Believe they’ll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

92%
Yes
8%
No
   
What they’ll do after graduation
18%
Pursue an advanced degree in architecture
3%
Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture
56%
Work in a private practice
2%
Work for a corporation
2%
Work in academia
1%
Work in government
3%
Be self-employed
2%
Volunteer or work for a nonprofit or community service organization
2%
Work in a field other than architecture
2%
Work in a field other than architecture
10%
Undecided

 

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