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2013 United States Best Architecture Schools

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA © Matthew Carbone
Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA © Matthew Carbone

UPDATE: The lists have been updated from showing the Top 5 Schools in each category, to the Top 20.  James Cramer and the Greenway Group have released the 14th edition of DesignIntelligence, a compilation of different rankings for accredited architecture schools in the United States. The report attempts to create a level playing ground upon which to rank the universities by polling thousands of students, talking to deans and administrators, interviewing successful designers in private practices, and visiting each university campus.  While the findings may raise some debate, overall, the report creates a dialogue as to how, and to what extent, higher education responds to the changing demands of our profession. Although design education is generally well respected, several of the educators, students and practitioners interviewed this year were critical of its current state, believing that it is simply not good enough. As Cramer describes, “Respect for design education is high – and can grow further. This will require that there be a deep understanding of the dimensions of the trends in the design profession. When schools and practitioners are in harmony on these dimensions of change, they can reinforce and enhance each other. In this there is art and science. Leadership is at issue. The big shifts can be signs of new strength in a time of flux.” A closer look after the break…

DesignIntelligence has evolved the way they conduct their rankings by studying several new areas that include the strongest branded schools in 22 categories. For instance, the full report reveals that the top branded schools for construction leadership are now perceived to be Iowa State, Clemson University and Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo. The strongest branded schools for best campus building and facilities are the University of New Mexico, University of Minnesota and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Leading practitioners in North America believe the top Canadian architecture programs are now the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University (Halifax) and Carleton University. And now, onto the top five  twenty list for U.S. design schools in 2013. As you can see Cornell University continues to occupy the top spot for best undergraduate architecture program, a position it has held since 2005, while Harvard maintains it’s number one ranking for best graduate architecture school. Top 20 Architecture, Graduate 1.Harvard University 2. Columbia University 3. Yale University 4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5. Cornell University 6. Southern California Institute of Architecture 7. University of Virginia 7. University of California, Berkeley 9. Washington University in St. Louis 10. University of Cincinnati 11. University of Michigan 11. University of Texas at Austin 13. Kansas State University 14. University of Kansas 15. University of Pennsylvania 15. Rice University 15. Princeton University 18. Iowa State University 18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 20. Clemson University 20. Savannah College of Art and Design Top 20 Architecture, Undergraduate 1. Cornell University 2. Southern California Institute of Architecture 3. Rice University 3. Syracuse University 5. California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo 6. University of Texas at Austin 7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 7. Rhode Island School of Design 9. Iowa State University 9. Auburn University 11. Pratt Institute 12. Carnegie Mellon University 13. University of Notre Dame 13. University of Oregon 13. Boston Architectural College 16. University of Southern California 16. Cooper Union 18. Pennsylvania State University 19. University of Arkansas 19. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Top 15 Landscape Architecture, Graduate 1. Harvard University 2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 3. Cornell University 3. Louisiana State University 5. University of Virginia 6. University of Pennsylvania 7. Pennsylvania State University 7. Rhode Island School of Design 7. Texas A&M University 10. University of California, Berkeley 11. Kansas State University 11. University of Georgia 13. Auburn University 13. University of Texas at Arlington 13. University of Texas at Austin 13. University of Washington Top 15 Landscape Architecture, Undergraduate 1. Louisiana State University 2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 3. Pennsylvania State University 4. Kansas State University 5. Texas A&M University 6. Cornell University 7. Calif. Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 7. Purdue University 7. University of Georgia 10. Ball State University 11. Iowa State University 11. Texas Tech University 13. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 13. Michigan State University 13. Ohio State University Top 10 Interior Design, Graduate 1. Savannah College of Art and Design 2. Rhode Island School of Design 3. Pratt Institute 4. Cornell University 4. Parsons The New School for Design 6. New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk Univ.* 6. School of the Art Institute of Chicago 8. Boston Architectural College* 9. Kansas State University* 9. University of Oregon *(CIDA-accredited) Top 10 Interior Design, Undergraduate 1. Savannah College of Art and Design 2. University of Cincinnati 2. Rhode Island School of Design 4. Pratt Institute 5. Auburn University 6. University of Texas at Austin 6. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 8. Boston Architectural College 8. Cornell University 8. Kansas State University 8 Parsons The New School for Design Top 10 Industrial Design, Graduate 1 Art Center College of Design 2 Pratt Institute 2 Rhode Island School of Design 4 Arizona State University 4 Auburn University 4. Cranbrook Academy of Art 7. Georgia Institute of Technology 7. Ohio State University 7. Savannah College of Art and Design 7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Industrial Design, Undergraduate 1. Art Center College of Design 1. University of Cincinnati 3. Pratt Institute 3. Rhode Island School of Design 3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 6. Auburn University 6. College for Creative Studies 6. Savannah College of Art and Design 9. Carnegie Mellon 9. Syracuse University Cramer points out, “One story behind the rankings this year is that there are some outstanding programs that are either too new or too small to get recognized in the lists of top schools. However, this is a time of tremendous change for the design professions, and with it, massive opportunity for schools of all sizes.” See more (including Regional Rankings and surveys) at DesignIntelligence.

Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "2013 United States Best Architecture Schools" 21 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/295331/2013-united-states-best-architecture-schools/>