There are a vast number of colleges for you to choose from. And no matter where you want to study in the world, there are a vast number of universities that will leave you spoilt for choice. After searching many online sources and surveys, Arch2O put a list of the 10 best universities in the world to study architecture. If you really want to be among the best of the best, these are the ten universities you should attend.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
MIT has consistently bagged the first position amongst the best universities in the world for architecture.
Its school for architecture was the first of its kind in the US. It was founded in 1865, 4 years after the institute was founded. It is known for introducing modernism to the US and also, for commissioning progressive buildings.
With only 25 students in it’s M. Arch program classes, MIT is known for providing its students with an excellent atmosphere. The small class sizes ensure enriching debate amongst the students and teachers.
UK’s Bartlett School of Architecture ranked second behind MIT. Established in 1947, this is one of the 11 constituent faculties of UCL.
It claims to be the first architecture school founded in the UK. With faculties known for experimental and original research and for developing the space syntax, it is no surprise that the Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the best universities in the world.
Read more: Top Architecture Schools in UK (2017)
3. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
This university, based in the Netherlands, retained its third position in architecture ranking. The Faculty of Architecture in TU Delft is the largest with 3000 students.
With its proudly multinational image and challenging masters degrees, they draw on the Dutch tradition of multidisciplinary practice that is, students, work in groups to produce holistic solutions.
Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is recognized as one of the most highly regarded universities for architecture. The Department of Architecture was founded in 1854 and has 2000 students. The success and good name of ETH Zurich are majorly due to its brilliant teaching and research results. This university focus on broadly defined built environment issues.
5. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), United States
The University of California, Berkeley is known for their research and for encouraging independent design. The architecture degrees focus on aesthetic, cultural and technical components of the design. With award-winning faculties and professors who are innovative thinkers and designers, it is understandable why UCB is one of the best universities in the world.
6. Harvard University, United States
Many famous and influential architects, landscape architects and urban planners have graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Architecture courses first started in Harvard in 1864, and today the department has a rich diversity and boasts of a unique community. It promotes collaboration by exploring new ways of thinking.
7. Manchester School of Architecture, United Kingdom
Manchester School of Architecture is an innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. This has united two schools of architecture with over 100 years of educational experience to create one of the largest architecture schools in the UK.
8. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
With the academic popularity of the University of Cambridge and the setting of the medieval city, studying architecture here will leave you with a unique experience.
9. Politecnico di Milano, Italy
With about 42000 students, The Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy. Many renown architects studied and now teach, at Politecnico di Milano.
10. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
NUS’s Department of Architecture of the School of Design and Environment was founded in 1969 and offers a wide range of programs including landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and integrated sustainable design. It offers its students opportunities to choose from creative paths fitting your design talent and research interests.