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Most Admired Educators 2018

Architecture firms and other organizations depend on talented, qualified people. Leaders and hiring managers in these types of organizations have a strong interest in the education and preparation of students who may become employees one day. Through hiring and working with graduates of a many different programs, the leaders and hiring managers also can also offer a perspective on the relative strengths of architecture schools and how well graduates are prepared for professional practice.


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Most Admired Architecture Schools

  Which architecture schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture and student preparation for the profession?
School Name
2017-18
2018-19
Cornell University
1
1
Rice University
6
2
California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
2
3
Syracuse University
3
4
Cooper Union
15
5
Rhode Island School of Design
10
6
Pratt Institute
9
7
Virginia Tech
4
8
Southern California
Institute of Architecture
8
9
University of Texas, Austin
7
10
Carnegie Mellon University
14
11
University of Southern California
5
12
Auburn University
11
13
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
13
14
Illinois Institute of Technology
20
15
Tulane University
17
16
University of Oregon
21
17
University of Notre Dame
16
18
Pennsylvania State University
19
19
California State Polytechnic, Pomona
12
20
Boston Architectural College
23
21
Woodbury University
18
22
Iowa State University
22
23
University of Miami
25
24
University of Arizona
24
25
California College of the Arts
26
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
27
University of Arkansas
28
University of Houston
29
North Carolina State University
30
New York Institute of Technology
31
Oklahoma State University
32
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
33
City College of New York
34
New Jersey Institute of Technology
35
School Name
2017-18
2018-19
Harvard University
1
1
Columbia University
2
2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5
3
Cornell University
3
4
Yale University
4
5
Princeton University
22
6
Rice University
16
7
University of California, Berkley
8
8
Southern California
Institute of Architecture
13
9
University of Michigan
11
10
University of Pennsylvania
7
11
University of Texas, Austin
15
12
Syracuse University
19
13
University of California, Los Angeles
6
14
Virginia Tech
11
15
Washington University, St. Louis
10
16
Pratt Institute
25
17
University of Virginia
14
18
Rhode Island School of Design
24
19
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
18
20
University of Southern California
9
21
Clemson University
20
22
University of Cincinnati
17
23
Georgia Institute of Technology
23
24
Savannah College of Art and Design
21
25
Illinois Institute of Technology
26
Ohio State University
27
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
28
Texas A & M University
29
University of Oregon
30
Tulane
31
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
32
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
33
California State Polytechnic, Pomona
34
University of Notre Dame
35

Architecture Schools Most Hired From by Firms

  From which schools have you hired the greatest number of undergraduate/graduate students in the last five years?

Schools were grouped into size categories based on the average number of graduates each year in their combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Some schools did not provide information on the size of their graduating classes and could not be categorized. Consequently, they were omitted from the rankings. A full explanation of our approach is available on the methodology page.

School Name
2018-19
Syracuse University
1
University of Southern California
2
Southern California Institute of Architecture
3
Virginia Tech
4
Pratt Institute
5
Woodbury University
6
University of Oregon
7
Harvard University
8
New Jersey Institute of Technology
9
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
10
Illinois Institute of Technology
11
Savannah College of Art & Design
12
Columbia University
13
Texas Tech University
14
University of Michigan
15
Kent State University
16
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
17
SUNY, University at Buffalo
18
University of Texas, San Antonio
19
University of Colorado, Denver
20
School Name
2018-19
Philadelphia University
1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2
Pennsylvania State University
3
Tulane University
4
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
5
University of Arizona
6
University of Miami
7
City College of New York
8
University of California, Berkeley
9
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
10
University of Cincinnati
11
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
12
University of Virginia
13
Miami University (Miami of Ohio)
14
Auburn University
15
University of Kentucky
16
Academy of Art University
17
Washington State University
18
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A & M) University
19
University of Arkansas
20
School Name
2018-19
Bowling Green State University
1
University of Memphis
2
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
3
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
4
California Baptist University
5
Andrews University
6
Norwich University
7
Hampton University
8
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
9
University of Maine at Augusta
10
School Name
2018-19
Cornell University
1
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2
University of Texas, Austin
3
Boston Architectural College
4
Iowa State University
5
Clemson University
6
North Carolina State University
7
Yale University
8
University of Pennsylvania
9
Washington University, St. Louis
10
University of Maryland
11
Arizona State University
12
Ball State University
13
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
14
University of Minnesota
15
University of Texas, Arlington
16
University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
17
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
18
New York Institute of Technology
19
Florida International University
20
School Name
2018-19
Rice University
1
University of Houston
2
University of Notre Dame
3
University of Oklahoma
4
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5
California College of the Arts
6
University of California, Los Angeles
7
Louisiana State University
8
Ohio State University
9
Cooper Union
10
Princeton
11
Texas A & M University
12
Georgia Institute of Technology
13
Carnegie Mellon University
14
Drury University
15
Montana State University
16
Oklahoma State University
17
Mississippi State University
18
University of Florida
19
University of Washington
20

Top Ranked Architecture Schools in 12 Focus Areas

Undergraduate

12 Focus Areas
  • Cornell University
    1
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Syracuse University
    4
  • Cooper Union
    5
  • Rice University
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Virginia Tech
    8
  • Pratt Institute
    9
  • University of Texas, Austin
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Auburn University
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    8
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    9
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
    10
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • University of Southern California
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    6
  • Virginia Tech
    7
  • Pratt Institute
    8
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    9
  • Cooper Union
    10
  • Cornell University
    1
  • Cooper Union
    2
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    3
  • Rice University
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Virginia Tech
    8
  • Pratt Institute
    9
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    4
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    5
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Syracuse University
    8
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    9
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • University of Oregon
    4
  • University of Southern California
    5
  • Syracuse University
    6
  • Auburn University
    7
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    8
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    9
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    10
  • Cornell University
    1
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    2
  • University of Southern California
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    6
  • Auburn University
    7
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    8
  • Cooper Union
    9
  • Rice University
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • University of Southern California
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    6
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    7
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    8
  • Auburn University
    9
  • Pratt Institute
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Syracuse University
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • University of Southern California
    5
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    6
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    9
  • Rice University
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • University of Southern California
    4
  • Syracuse University
    5
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    6
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • Pratt Institute
    9
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    10
  • Cornell University
    1
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    2
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    3
  • Cooper Union
    4
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    5
  • Virginia Tech
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Rice University
    8
  • Syracuse University
    9
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    10
  • California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • University of Oregon
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • University of Southern California
    5
  • Auburn University
    6
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    7
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    8
  • Syracuse University
    9
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    10

Graduate

12 Focus Areas
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Columbia University
    2
  • Yale University
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    5
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Syracuse University
    8
  • Princeton University
    9
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    10
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    4
  • Virginia Tech
    5
  • Columbia University
    6
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    7
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    8
  • University of Southern California
    9
  • Syracuse University
    10
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1
  • Columbia University
    2
  • Harvard University
    3
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • University of Southern California
    6
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    7
  • Virginia Tech
    8
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    9
  • Syracuse University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Columbia University
    2
  • Yale University
    3
  • Princeton University
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    6
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    7
  • Rice University
    8
  • University of Southern California
    9
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    10
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • Harvard University
    5
  • Columbia University
    6
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    7
  • University of Southern California
    8
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    9
  • California State Polytechnic, Pomona
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2
  • Cornell University
    3
  • Columbia University
    4
  • University of California, Berkeley
    5
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    6
  • University of Oregon
    7
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    8
  • University of Southern California
    9
  • Clemson University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Columbia University
    2
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    5
  • University of Southern California
    6
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    7
  • Yale University
    8
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    9
  • Virginia Tech
    10
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • Columbia University
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    5
  • Virginia Tech
    6
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    7
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    8
  • University of Southern California
    9
  • Syracuse University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Columbia University
    3
  • University of Southern California
    4
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    5
  • Virginia Tech
    6
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    7
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    8
  • Yale University
    9
  • Clemson University
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Cornell University
    2
  • Columbia University
    3
  • University of Southern California
    4
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    5
  • Clemson University
    6
  • Virginia Tech
    7
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    8
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    9
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    10
  • Harvard University
    1
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2
  • Columbia University
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Princeton University
    5
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    6
  • Yale University
    7
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    8
  • University of Southern California
    9
  • Virginia Tech
    10
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1
  • Harvard University
    2
  • Columbia University
    3
  • University of California, Berkeley
    4
  • Cornell University
    5
  • University of Oregon
    6
  • University of Southern California
    7
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    8
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    9
  • Southern California
    Institute of Architecture
    10