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Architecture programs rank among top in nation

DesignIntelligence lists school among top ten; two Master’s programs among nation’s best three

The University Architecture School’s Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs each rank among the nation’s top three public school programs, according to recently released 2013 rankings published by DesignIntelligence. The publication, “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools,” also ranks the University’s programs in the top 10 overall, trailing Virginia Tech and Harvard University.

DesignIntelligence is a report published bi-monthly by the Design Futures Council that conducts original research on architecture and design trends, multinational firm rankings, and yearly institutional rankings. The publication began in 1995 and has featured the University’s Master of Architecture in the top 15 since 2004, when it began ranking graduate programs, and the Master of Landscape Architecture since 2005.

The Design Futures Council ranks the top 20 American undergraduate and graduate architecture programs, assessing a variety of programs and determining the career preparation students receive upon graduation.

Along with institutions, DesignIntelligence also ranks the top 30 most admired design faculty and educators, and included the University’s own Elizabeth Meyer, associate professor of landscape architecture, for the third consecutive year. 

In a University news release, Nancy Takahashi, chair of the Landscape Architecture Department, commended Meyer’s contributions to the program, saying the department was “proud that the DI recognized the contributions of colleague Beth Meyer as one of the most admired educators for her teaching, scholarship and dedication to students.” 

The University’s Master of Architecture program ranks first among public and private institutions in the South, and the program is tied for first place among public programs and seventh overall. The University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program ranks third among public schools and fifth overall.

In terms of tuition costs, the University’s Master of Architecture program has the lowest tuition among top 10 schools, and the Master of Landscape Architecture has the fifth-lowest.

The high rankings are encouraging for University architecture faculty and students. “It is immensely gratifying to learn that the accomplishments of our architecture and landscape architecture faculty and graduates are recognized through this national process,” Architecture School Dean Kim Tanzer said in a news release.