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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2010 America's Architecture Schools

When I was choosing colleges I never looked at rankings like this. I don't fully believe in them but I know lots of perspective students look at stuff like this. I enjoyed the preface that was written on Architectural Record and Design Intelligence released the list (if you have followed my blog you know how much I enjoy Design Intelligence). I also like the "Skills Ranking" portion of it.
TOP 10 UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS
  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  2. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  3. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  4. Virginia Polytechnic institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
  5. University of Texas, Austin, Tex.
  6. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans.
  7. University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
  8. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.
  9. Rice University, Houston, Tex.
  10. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

TOP 10 GRADUATE ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS (M.ARCH.)
  1. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  2. Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  3. Columbia University, New York City
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  5. University of Texas, Austin, Tex.
  6. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  8. Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
  9. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  10. University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

SKILLS RANKINGS
  1. Computer applications
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Carnegie Mellon University
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Columbia University
  6. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

And some interesting survey results by students...


What students do after graduating (%)

33 - Pursue an advanced degree in architecture
6 - Pursue an advanced degree in something else
50 - Work in private practice
3 - Work for a corporation
3 - Self-employment
3 - Undecided or other
1 - Work in government
1 - Community service
85 - Planning to take the Architect Registration Exam
77 - Planning to become LEED certified


I find the last results very interesting. 77% plan to be LEED AP, only 3% want to be self employed, and 85% plan to be licensed. Interesting results...