America's Best Architecture Schools 2015

January 20, 2015 · by Design Intelligence

Which schools are best preparing students for success in architecture?

Updated 1/20/15

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For over a decade, "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking as determined by practitioners who employ design professionals.

Survey Methodology:

America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. This 15th annual survey was conducted in mid-2014.

Selected professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising the performance of recent architecture and design graduates are invited to participate in the research. Survey participants, who are drawn from the Greenway Group database of leading firms throughout the United States, must verify they are currently responsible for hiring or supervising design professionals in each of the design fields for which they respond: architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. Surveys from non-qualifying individuals are excluded from the results.

For the four professions surveyed, a total of 1,426 professional practice organizations participated in the research.

The professional practice survey queried participants on the question, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” In addition, they are queried about additional issues, such as how programs rate in teaching various skills.

The Top 10 Undergraduate Architecture Programs - 2015


Cornell University


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Rice University


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Syracuse University


University of Texas at Austin


Rhode Island School of Design


Southern California Institute of Architecture


Pratt Institute


University of Southern California

The Top 10 Graduate Architecture Programs - 2015


Harvard University


Columbia University


Yale University


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Cornell University


University of Michigan


Rice University

7 (tie)

University of Pennsylvania


University of Virginia



University of California, Berkeley

Washington University in St. Louis

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.

Note: Respondents selected from lists of programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.


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