US University Ranking

The Greenway Group have released the 16th edition of DesignIntelligence, a compilation of different rankings for accredited architecture schools in the United States in 2015. 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. A closer look after the break.

On the undergrad level, Cornell University’s B.arch. program came in No. 1. While a year ago, the University of California, San Luis Obispo, knocked Cornell off a roost it had long held, Cornell wrested back its prime spot for 2015. Again, Harvard University’s graduate building design program comes at the top of the list.

Greenway’s chair, James P. Cramer, clarifies that there are numerous factors behind the ratings, which show up in point of interest in the company’s November/December issue of Designintelligence. Two essential factors, he says, are the number of firms responding to the survey, and the involvement of those architectural offices with their alma maters.

“It seems that architectural education is still attractive as a serious pursuit. The most recent data from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—for the academic year 2012–13—lists 49 B.Arch. programs, down from 50 in the academic year of 2011–12. At the same time, the number of Master of Architecture programs, tallied at 102 for 2012–13, went up from 99 programs in 2011–12. Enrollment of students in B.Arch. programs, however, has decreased in the 2012–13 NAAB findings—to 14,418, down from 15,187 in the previous year. Nevertheless, at the graduate level, 11,412 students were enrolled in 2012–13, a slight rise over the 11,277 seeking an M.Arch. in 2011–12.”

The Top 10 Undergraduate Programs
1
Cornell University
2
California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo
3
Rice University
4
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
5
Syracuse University
6
University of Texas at Austin
7
Rhode Island School of Design
8
Southern California Institute of Architecture
9
Pratt Institute
10
University of Southern California

 

The Top 10 graduate Programs
1
Harvard University
2
Columbia University
3
Yale University
4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5
Cornell University
5
University of Michigan
7
Rice University
7*
University of Pennsylvania
9
University of Virginia
10
University of California, Berkeley

 

Comparison of previous rankings: undergraduate
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Cornell University
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2
1
5
4
4
3
3
4
6
Rice University
3
3
3
5
3
9
8
11
2
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
4
5
7
3
4
4
2
1
4
Syracuse University
5
6
3
7
2
2
4
3
3
University of Texas at Austin
6
4
6
2
7
5
6
6
9
Rhode Island School of Design
7
10
7
6
11
7
4
17
5
Southern California Institute of Architecture
8
9
2
7
6
19
Pratt Institute
9
11
11
10
9
15
12
9
14
University of Southern California
10
7
16
12
9
10
12
12
14
Note: Where more than one school receives the same number of votes, the schools are given the same numerical ranking, and the next rank is omitted.

 

Comparison of previous rankings: graduate
  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Harvard University
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
Columbia University
2
3
2
3
4
4
3
3
9
Yale University
3
2
3
2
3
2
4
13
3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4
4
4
6
5
3
4
2
4
Cornell University
5
5
5
6
6
7
6
3
6
University of Michigan
6
7
11
8
1
9
8
16
Rice University
7
5
15
14
16
15
16
10
6
University of Pennsylvania
7
14
15
8
8
11
18
11
University of Virginia
9
18
7
11
14
9
11
13
5
University of California, Berkeley
10
9
7
14
10
9
17
8
Note: Where more than one school receives the same number of votes, the schools are given the same numerical ranking, and the next rank is omitted.

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