The growing number of design thinking programs in business schools is one testament to the growing importance of creative and holistic approaches to problem solving.
In the latest edition of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, deans predicted increases across the board in architecture, landscape architecture, interior and industrial design programs. Nearly 30 percent of architecture deans and more than 55 percent of industrial design deans forecast that their enrollments would grow in 2014.
Moreover, a 2012 study by McGraw-Hill of more than 1,000 firms found that nearly 25 percent of respondents anticipated a shortage of architects by 2014. So there may be increasing demand for design talent in traditional occupations as well.
DesignIntelligence asked firm leaders, deans and students to offer their perspectives on which programs best prepare the next generation of design talent. This year saw significant increases in participation in all categories:
- 1,338 responses from firm and corporation leaders in all disciplines who hire graduates*
- 247 responses from deans of architecture & design schools
- 2,760 responses from students in all disciplines
Programs were ranked on overall quality as well as their ability to impart critical skills like analysis and planning, communication, cross-disciplinary teamwork, and sustainable design.
In each of the disciplines there were notable changes in overall quality rankings. In architecture and industrial design, 40 percent of undergraduate schools currently in the top five were not there last year. In landscape architecture, 60 percent of the top five undergraduate programs were new to that list.
The 2014 edition of the DesignIntelligence America's Best Architecture & Design Schools includes 164 pages of additional information on design programs in art schools, colleges, and universities. The print and PDF editions are available in the DesignIntelligence bookstore.
*includes branch offices
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