Architecture Program Ranked No. 1 Nationwide

January 15, 2007

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

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