The Top U.S. Architecture Schools
Source: ARCHITECT Magazine
Publication date: November 1, 2007
By James P. Cramer
Every year for the last nine years, the Design Futures Council and the journal DesignIntelligence have
produced a ranking of the architecture schools that best prepare students for professional practice. The results
are determined through a poll of firms and organizations that hire graduates. Many of the country's leading
firms participate; collectively, these participants employ more than 100,000 people. This year, for the first
time, a selection from the ranking and its accompanying survey of deans, practitioners, and students appears
in ARCHITECT magazine.
The ranking has experienced some fluctuation over the years. Last year's list of the top 15 undergraduate
programs also included the Illinois Institute of Technology, Auburn University, and the Rhode Island School
of Design. At the graduate level, last year's list also featured the University of Pennsylvania, the Southern
California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Rhode Island School of Design, Texas A&M, and the
University of Illinois. Each of these programs just missed the top 15 cutoff for 2008. It would not be
surprising, based on nearly a decade of results, to see these programs reappear toward the top again next year.
Architecture schools are becoming ever more selective and are offering a wide variety of learning options, even as
The National Architectural Accrediting Board will be evaluating changes to its accreditation rules in 2008, a mov
practitioners, and professional organizations.
Leaders in the profession warn that architecture is going through disruptive changes: Increasingly, students are m
practitioners about green building and technologies such as BIM. This is bringing about a phenomenon known as
their 20s and 30s have more-valuable roles in professional practice than ever before, helping baby boomer and ev
technology. Firms using recent graduates solely for AutoCAD production are sorely underutilizin