Deans’ Insights — Architecture

Deans, program chairs, and department heads in architecture schools lead faculty in developing programs of study that shape architectural education. They strive for excellence in teaching students the art and science of architecture, and to best prepare graduates for professional practice and other career paths. DesignIntelligence asked deans, program chairs, and department heads the following questions:

  • What significant changes have been made to your architecture course offerings in the past three years? See the results
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  • Rate the following areas impacting the future of design education. Response options include acceleration in detrimental climate change, changing complexity of professional practice, competition from non-traditional education options, declining enrollment, growing awareness of social responsibility, impact of AI on construction processes and labor, impact of AI on design processes and labor, impact of technology on construction processes and labor, impact of technology on design processes and labor, public attitudes about design professionals and expertise, quality of available applicants and state funding levels. See the results
 

What significant changes have been made to your architecture course offerings in the past three years?

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Focus:
Rating
1
Greater concentration on interdisciplinary studies (awareness of, and collaboration with, multiple disciplines impacting the built environment)
63%
100%
2
Increased focus on community involvement (emphasis on becoming involved in the community - e.g. mentorship programs, volunteering, civic opportunities, etc.)
61%
100%
3
Increased focus on design technologies (e.g. BIM, AI, VR, AR, etc.)
61%
100%
4
Greater concentration on design theory and practice
49%
100%
5
Expanded opportunities for study abroad
49%
100%
6
Greater concentration on understanding the impacts of urbanization on design
47%
100%
7
Greater emphasis on sustainability/healthy design
45%
100%
8
Expanded focus on global issues/international practice
44%
100%
9
Deeper concentration on research methodologies
40%
100%
10
Greater emphasis on communication and presentation skills
39%
100%
11
Greater emphasis on construction materials, means and methods
29%
100%
12
More emphasis on engineering fundamentals (MEP and structural)
10%
100%
13
Greater emphasis on practice management
9%
100%
14
Mandatory graduation project with interdisciplinary students/teams
7%
100%
15
More focus on planning/project methodologies
7%
100%
16
Other
6%
100%
 

Rate the following areas impacting the future of design education

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100%
7%
18%
75%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
35%
29%
35%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
83%
7%
9%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
53%
18%
28%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
8%
24%
68%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
34%
35%
31%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
30%
39%
30%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
14%
41%
44%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
25%
33%
42%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
25%
34%
40%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
58%
23%
19%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern
100%
21%
26%
47%
Some or little concern
Clear Concern
High or critical concern