Cornell Holds Leading Positions in 2017 Rankings of America's Top Architecture Schools

Lisa Zhu (B.Arch. '16) presents her work during thesis critiques
Lisa Zhu (B.Arch. '16) presents her work during thesis critiques. William Staffeld / AAP
First-year M.Arch. reviews in Milstein Dome
Faculty and students participate in first-year M.Arch. reviews in Milstein dome. William Staffeld / AAP
Lisa Zhu (B.Arch. '16) presents her work during thesis critiques. William Staffeld / AAP Faculty and students participate in first-year M.Arch. reviews in Milstein dome. William Staffeld / AAP
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September 8, 2016

Cornell has retained its leading positions in this year's annual rankings of top architecture schools — number one for undergraduate programs and number two for graduate programs (tied with MIT). The survey, published in Architectural Record and titled "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools," is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence (DI).

To reach the 2017 rankings, CEOs and principals of more than 2,000 firms were asked to list the 10 programs that best prepare architecture students for success. Combined with their selections of the best programs teaching design, computer applications, sustainability, and construction methods and materials, almost 3,000 students were also polled on the quality of their program and their plans for after graduation.

"I am obviously very pleased to see that our two professional degree programs have maintained their exceptional national rankings again this year," said Mark Cruvellier, department chair and Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Professor of Architecture. "This is certainly a testament to what we know to be true but perhaps get too accustomed to — the extraordinary creativity and talent as well as the collective efforts of our students, faculty, and staff alike."

Caroline O'Donnell is director of the department's M.Arch. program. "We are delighted to have maintained the excellent ranking again this year," she said. "We have an incredible program, talented and hard-working students, and an extremely dedicated faculty, so although it's no surprise to us, it is great to see it acknowledged in the broader architecture community."

The Top 10 Undergraduate Architecture Programs

1. Cornell University
2. California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo
3. Syracuse University
4. Rice University
5. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
6. University of Texas–Austin
7. Rhode Island School of Design
8. Pratt Institute
9. Auburn University
10. South California Institute of Architecture

The Top 10 Graduate Architecture Programs

1. Harvard University
2. (Tie) Cornell University
2. (Tie) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Columbia University
5. Yale University
6. University of California–Berkeley
7. University of Michigan
8. Syracuse University
9. Rice University
10. University of Pennsylvania