Most Admired Architecture Schools


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 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. Below are the most admired architecture schools from the DesignIntelligence 2019 School Rankings Survey.

Undergraduate

School Name 2018-19 2019-20
Cornell University 1 1
Rhode Island School of Design 6 2
Rice University 2 3
Cooper Union 5 4
Syracuse University 4 5
Virginia Tech 8 6
Pratt Institute 7 7
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 3 8
University of Texas, Austin 10 9
Southern California Institute of Architecture 9 10
Carnegie Mellon University 11 11
Auburn University 13 12
Pennsylvania State University 19 13
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 14 14
University of Southern California 12 15
Illinois Institute of Technology 15 16
Tulane University 16 17
University of Notre Dame 18 18
University of Oregon 17 19
Boston Architectural College 21 20
California State Polytechnic University Pomona 20 21
Iowa State University 23 22
University of Arizona 25 23
Woodbury University 22 23
University of Miami 24 25
NewSchool of Architecture & Design 26 26
North Carolina State University 30 27
University of Arkansas 28 28
California College of the Arts 26 29
New Jersey Institute of Technology 35 30
University of Houston 29 31
New York Institute of Technology 31 32
Oklahoma State University 32 33
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 32 34
City College of New York 34 35
Drexel University 36 36
University of Oklahoma 40 37
Mississippi State University 37 38
University of North Carolina, Charlotte 41 39
Louisiana State University 39 40

Graduate

School Name 2018-19 2019-20
Harvard University 1 1
Columbia University 2 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3 3
Yale University 5 4
Cornell University 4 5
Princeton University 6 6
Rice University 7 7
Rhode Island School of Design 19 8
University of Pennsylvania 11 9
University of California, Berkeley 8 10
University of Virginia 18 11
University of Texas, Austin 12 12
Virginia Tech 15 13
University of Michigan 10 14
Washington University, St. Louis 16 15
Syracuse University 13 16
Southern California Institute of Architecture 9 17
Pratt Institute 17 18
University of California, Los Angeles 14 19
Clemson University 22 20
Georgia Institute of Technology 24 21
Savannah College of Art & Design 25 22
University of Cincinnati 23 23
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 20 24
Illinois Institute of Technology 26 25
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 28 26
University of Southern California 21 27
Pennsylvania State University 40 28
University of Oregon 30 29
Parsons School of Design 39 30
University of Notre Dame 35 31
Tulane University 31 32
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 34 33
Ohio State University 27 34
Texas A&M University 29 35
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 32 36
Boston Architectural College 36 37
University of Washington 37 38
Arizona State University 37 39
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 33 40