Architecture Program Ranked No. 1 Nationwide

An architecture studio in Rand Hall William Staffeld

Cornell’s B.Arch. program has once again received top marks in the annual survey conducted by Design Intelligence. Architects at a cross-section of U.S. firms, asked which accredited programs best prepared students for real-world practice, named Cornell more often than any other school. Cornell also placed first in last year’s survey, as it has several times previously.
Cornell was also recognized for strength in graduate design education in 2007. With the addition of the new professional M.Arch. program -- which only began in 2004 -- Cornell appeared in the graduate ranking for the first time, scoring a strong sixth-place tie. 
In the same volume, Design Intelligence also published an article by a Tulane architecture student, one of many taken in by Cornell after Hurricane Katrina had devastated their university. The article praised the speed and efficiency of the Department of Architecture’s response, and the reassuring words and actions of Professor Arthur Ovaska and Dean Mohsen Mostafavi. “The reception we received was overwhelmingly generous, and made us feel like we had been at Cornell for years,” the Tulane student wrote. 
Here are the complete rankings from the DI survey: 
1. Cornell University 
2. Rice University 
3. Syracuse University 
4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
5. Rhode Island School of Design 
6. Auburn University 
6. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
6. University of Kansas 
9. University of Texas at Austin 
10. Carnegie Mellon University 
11. University of Notre Dame 
12. Kansas State University 
13. Illinois Institute of Technology 
14. Iowa State University 
14. Pratt Institute 
14. University of Oregon 
14. University of Southern California 
1. Harvard University 
2. University of Cincinnati 
3. Yale University 
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
5. University of Virginia 
6. Cornell University
6. Rice University 
6. Washington University in St. Louis 
9. Columbia University 
10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
11. University of Pennsylvania 12. Princeton University 
12. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
12. University of Texas at Austin 
15. Rhode Island School of Design 
16. University of Michigan 
17. Southern California Institute of Architecture 
17. University of Florida 
19. Texas A&M University 
19. University of Notre Dame
January 15, 2007
AAP Communications