January 25 2012

2012 America’s Top Architecture Undergraduate and Graduate Schools

Architectural Record’s November 2011 issue released the 2012 Top 10 Architecture Undergraduate and Graduate programs based upon which programs are best at preparing students for professional practice, courtesy of ¨DesignIntelligence America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools¨ survey results.

Top 10 Undergraduate Programs Top 10 Graduate Programs
  1. Cornell University
  2. University of Texas at Austin
  3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  4. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  5. Rice University
  6. Rhode Island School of Design
  7. SIARC
  8. Syracuse University
  9. Iowa State University
  10. Pratt University
  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Columbia University
  4. Washington University in St. Louis
  5. Kansas State University
  6. Cornell University
  7. MIT
  8. University of Michigan
  9. University of Pennsylvania
  10. University of Cincinnati

The number one undergraduate and graduate programs have remained consistent over the past six years, with Harvard University consistently considered superior for graduate education, while Cornell University is premiere for undergraduate studies. Only once, in the last six years, have either lost their first place holding.

For those who are interested in developing their architecture skills during this time of poor economic outlook, unemployment, and underemployment, this list will prove helpful in deciding where to get the best architecture education (and educational reputation) for your buck. This list can also be helpful in deciding where you should apply to undergraduate or graduate schools this fall. The best way to bear a down economy is to improve your skills and come out on top when the economy turns.
So, while tuition for programs average between $22,777 and $41,541 per year for Ivy League programs, you can look forward to earning approximately $42,855 per year upon returning to the workforce.

And, while studying, if you are interested in branding yourself online, increasing your writing skills, while adding blogging experience to your resume, Global Site Plans is always seeking ambitious individuals to join The Grid blogging team of architects, engineers, landscape architects, and urban planners & designers. For more details email hireme@globalsiteplans.com.

Seems that we now know where to go for a consistently valued undergraduate or graduate architecture education? Or do DesignIntelligence’s methodologies do small-scale programs as injustice? Join in on other Architecture Record reader comments.

For additional data regarding the DesignIntelligence survey, visit www.di.net, including a directory of leading U.S. architecture and design programs.

Credits: Data linked to sources.

Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren is the Founder of Global Site Plans. She holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also holds a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Prior to establishing Global Site Plans and The Grid, Renée van Staveren was an Assistant Planner for A-M-M-A Transit Planning and the Program Director for Planet Green. In June 2014 Renée moved from Istanbul, Turkey, where she'd lived for four years, to return to the beautiful city of San Francisco. She is now a Manager at the Urban Land Institute's San Francisco District Council. You can find her at one of their many events, so pop in and say hello.

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