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The World's Top Universities for Studying Architecture in 2019

13:00 - 4 March, 2019
The World's Top Universities for Studying Architecture in 2019, via Pxhere - CC0 1.0 (Background picture) - Pixabay user Geralt (front image) - Pixabay user RainbowArt, ttreis, Clker-Free-Vector-Images, OpenClipart-Vectors (icons). Image © Fabian Dejtiar
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Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has revealed it's ranking of the world’s top universities for the study of Architecture / Built Environment for 2019, based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

On this edition, the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL (University College London) has been named the best university for studying architecture, taking MIT's place, which has topped the rankings for the past four years .

Keep reading and check out the complete ranking.

Open Call for Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition

17:00 - 27 June, 2018
Open Call for Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Universities Award Competition, Lisbon Triennale Universities Award Competition, 2019, ©Letra, Marco Balesteros
Lisbon Triennale Universities Award Competition, 2019, ©Letra, Marco Balesteros

As part of the 5th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale program, this call invites architecture students to engage in deep thought, in an exercise of collective research on constructive rationality. This competition for ideas is open to master degree students from worldwide architecture schools. A selection of proposals will be part of the exhibition “Natural Beauty”, curated by Tristan Chadney and Laurent Esmilaire, alongside a genealogy of works, from the 16th century to the present, that relate to constructive rationality.

The Top 200 Universities in the World for Architecture 2018

09:31 - 28 February, 2018
The Top 200 Universities in the World for Architecture 2018, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Ray and Maria Stata Center, designed by Gehry Partners. Image © Wikimedia user Lucy Li. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Ray and Maria Stata Center, designed by Gehry Partners. Image © Wikimedia user Lucy Li. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Global higher education analysis firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has revealed its rankings of the world’s top universities for the study of Architecture / Built Environment for 2018. The eight edition of the survey compared 2,122 institutions across the globe offering courses in architecture or the built environment, narrowing down the list based on criteria including academic and employer reputation.

For the fourth straight year, MIT has topped the rankings, once again coming out ahead of the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Read on for the full rankings.

Davis Brody Bond and Kieran Timberlake Unveil Designs for NYU Complex in New York

06:00 - 14 December, 2016

The architectural team comprised of Davis Brody Bond and Kieran Timberlake has unveiled its newest updates on the design for 181 Mercer, a 735,000-square-foot complex for New York University that will replace a 35-year-old gym facility and become NYU’s largest classroom building, as well as a space for performing arts, athletics, and students and faculty housing.

Alternative Designs for Sport Facilities

14:30 - 10 October, 2016
Alternative Designs for Sport Facilities, www.nonarchitecture.eu
www.nonarchitecture.eu

The aim of the “Training” competition is to develop a design proposal for the sport facility typology, intended as a place where physical activity and/or sports entertainment can occur. Participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of sport facility. After the recent closure of the European football cup and the Olympic games, you are asked to reinvent the way sports can be practiced, and how they can be used to entertain. 

Eindhoven University of Technology Building to Become World's Most Sustainable University Building

14:00 - 1 October, 2016
Eindhoven University of Technology Building to Become World's Most Sustainable University Building, Courtesy of Team V Architecture
Courtesy of Team V Architecture

Total Engineer Team RSVP has unveiled the renovation design for the Main Building of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, which, once completed, will be the most sustainable university building in the world. On September 27, the design was awarded as BREEAM Outstanding under the BREEAM-NL sustainability label of the Netherlands, with a score of 93.86%.

The university building, which will be called Atlas upon completion, was designed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of Team V (architect), Van Rossum (construction engineer), Valstar Simonis (building installations engineer), and Peutz (building physics engineer and sustainability expert).

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Lyons and m3architecture Selected to Design Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, Australia

16:00 - 7 August, 2016
Lyons and m3architecture Selected to Design Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, Australia, Courtesy of Lyons and m3architecture
Courtesy of Lyons and m3architecture

Firms Lyons and m3architecture have been selected to design the Sustainable Futures Building at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

The new building will house the School of Chemical Engineering, and is intended to amplify the University’s profile as a hub of chemical engineering leadership in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and a global stage.

Ennead Architects Makes Progress on New University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building

12:00 - 7 August, 2016
Ennead Architects Makes Progress on New University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building , Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has recently celebrated the completion of the steel core of a new 295,000-square-foot Biological Sciences Building (BSB) and Museum of Natural History with a topping out ceremony at the University of Michigan. Due to open in 2018, the BSB will bring together the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Research Museums of Paleontology and Zoology, and a re-envisioned Museum of Natural History.

How University Construction Projects Offer Opportunities to Reform Architecture Education

09:30 - 28 January, 2016
How University Construction Projects Offer Opportunities to Reform Architecture Education, University of Kansas, The Forum at Marvin Hall, 2014. Image © James Ewing Photography
University of Kansas, The Forum at Marvin Hall, 2014. Image © James Ewing Photography

There is a dichotomy to the business of educating architects. While the real world profession is a collaborative field, one in which projects of even the largest and most publicly-acclaimed offices are team-led initiatives, the study of architecture is often insular, myopic, and devoid of such partnerships. Certainly there is a benefit to this style of teaching - it builds confidence for one thing - but it is troubling to think that in a socially-oriented and practically-minded field like architecture, there can be such major disconnects between the process of designing and the act of building. As many critics of current architectural education have pointed out, incorporating design-build projects into school curriculums is a pragmatic solution oriented towards correcting such imbalances.

The fact that more schools don't have programs for students to both design and build their projects is especially perplexing when most universities, particularly those located in the United States, are in such a prolonged period of institutional and budgetary expansion. With many schools now governed like corporate entities, it’s surprising that architecture programs and students are not treated like in-house resources. Why aren’t architecture students treated like assets, the same way that student doctors and nurses are brought into university led medical facilities or scientists into campus research labs?

Munroe Meyer Institute, Exterior Rendering, Design: Brett Virgl, Ruth Barankevich. Image Courtesy of College of Architecture University of Nebraska–Lincoln Munroe Meyer Institute, Exterior Rendering, Design: Lily Cai & Phuong Nguyen. Image Courtesy of College of Architecture University of Nebraska–Lincoln University of Kansas, Ecohawks Research Facility, 2013. Image Courtesy of Studio 804 University of Kansas, Center for Design Research, 2011. Image Courtesy of Studio 804 + 32