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                               THE MAGAZINE

 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 underutilizing their talent. W
 an infusion of new ideas about sustainability from recent hires, 57 percent said yes, and that response is expected

 James P. Cramer is chairman of The Greenway Group and the founding editor of DesignIntelligence. His full re


 UNDERGRADUATE




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 GRADUATE




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 Methodology

 The Greenway Group and DesignIntelligence administer a variety of professional practice surveys on behalf of th




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 is evaluated each year at the survey onset, and a careful review of the survey questionnaire is conducted with a se
 education. The survey is administered through a variety of means, including postal mail, e-mail, facsimile, and on
 participate, and the survey attempts to furnish a representative sample in fixed regional clusters (outlined in Des

 The survey staff recognizes the subjectivity and fallibility of the survey process and has continually (over the cour
 analysis and quality reviews to improve upon the consistency and value of the survey. Conducted and designed by
 between academia and professional practice, the survey serves as the bridge between these inherent partners in a
 perspectives on relevance of architectural education is to advance quality in its many diverse manifestations.

 Each survey, from the three survey pools (students, deans, and professional practice) is pooled, tallied, and review
 is published for context, while respondent information remains confidential. The survey pool includes many of th
 represents the thousands of graduates in the profession. The survey attempts to remain objective, including a com
 nonaccredited programs are not evaluated.




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