Design Intelligence Rankings - Historical

This post is to show the DI rankings by year. If anyone has the history - please feel free to add. Please note that the UG ranking only represents schools that offer a 5 Year accelerated BArch. For example schools like WashU and UVa don’e offer a BArch. Instead they offer a Bachelor of Science in Architecture - 4 year program.

2015

Top Graduate School Ranking - 2015

  1. Harvard
  2. Columbia
  3. Yale
  4. MIT
  5. Cornell
  6. U of MI
  7. Rice
  8. Penn
  9. UVA
  10. Cal Berkeley
  11. WUSTL
  12. UT - Austin
  13. Princeton
  14. VA Poly
  15. UCLA
  16. Syracuse
  17. So. CA Inst.
  18. Clemson
  19. U Cinn
  20. GIT

5 Year BArch Undergraduate Ranking - 2015 (represents schools that offer a 5 year BArch - i.e. doesn’t include Bachelor of Science in Architecture which is 4 years).

  1. Cornell
  2. Cal Poly - SLO
  3. Rice
  4. VA Poly
  5. Syracuse (last 5 year ranking 6, 3, 7, 2, 2)
  6. UT Austin
  7. RISD (last 5 year ranking 10, 7, 6, 11, 7)
  8. So. CA Inst.
  9. Pratt (last 5 year ranking 11, 11, 10, 9, 15)
  10. USC
  11. CMU
  12. Auburn
  13. Cooper Union
  14. RPI
  15. IIT
  16. Penn State
  17. U of OR
    18 Cal Poly - Pomona
  18. Notre Dame
  19. U of AZ

2013 (http://www.di.net/articles/big-shifts-in-design-school-rankings-for-2013/)

Top 20 Architecture, Graduate - 2013
•1.Harvard University
•2. Columbia University
•3. Yale University
•4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•5. Cornell University
•6. Southern California Institute of Architecture
•7. University of Virginia
•7. University of California, Berkeley
•9. Washington University in St. Louis
•10. University of Cincinnati
•11. University of Michigan
•11. University of Texas at Austin
•13. Kansas State University
•14. University of Kansas
•15. University of Pennsylvania
•15. Rice University
•15. Princeton University
•18. Iowa State University
•18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
•20. Clemson University
•20. Savannah College of Art and Design

Top 20 5 Year B.Arch Architecture, Undergraduate - 2013 (represents schools that offer a a 5 year BArch - i.e. doesn’t include Bachelor of Science in Architecture which is 4 years)
•1. Cornell University
•2. Southern California Institute of Architecture
•3. Rice University
•3. Syracuse University
•5. California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
•6. University of Texas at Austin
•7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
•7. Rhode Island School of Design
•9. Iowa State University
•9. Auburn University
•11. Pratt Institute
•12. Carnegie Mellon University
•13. University of Notre Dame
•13. University of Oregon
•13. Boston Architectural College
•16. University of Southern California
•16. Cooper Union
•18. Pennsylvania State University
•19. University of Arkansas
•19. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2016
Top 10 Graduate Programs

  1. Harvard University
  2. Cornell University
  3. Yale University
  4. Columbia University
  5. MIT
  6. Univ of Cal. - Berkeley
  7. Univ of Michigan
  8. Rice Univ
  9. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ
  10. Washington University in St. Louis (WashU)

Top 10 Undergraduate Programs (consist of only 5 Year BArch programs)

  1. Cornell
  2. Cal Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo
  3. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ
  4. Syracuse
  5. Rice
  6. Rhode Island School of Design
  7. Univ of Texas, Austin
  8. Auburn Univ
  9. Carnegie Mellon Univ
  10. Univ of Southern Cal

Source: http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2015/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools-2016-1.asp

2016 top 35 for UG and grad:
http://tiny.cc/r8ud6x

@listroider thank you so much for that :slight_smile:

University of Notre Dame Architecture ranks 18th for undergrad; however, it didn’t even make the top 35 list for Grad school. Why is that? That seems odd. Does anyone know the reason? Thanks.

Why don’t they rank 4 year undergrad programs? At least they could make a separate undergrad program list for those programs

They should definitely rank the 4 year programs too! Very odd!

Here’s another ranking tool you can use.
http://architecture-schools.startclass.com/

The ranking is based on:

Graduate Smart Rank:
The rank of the graduate architecture program. The Graduate Smart Rank is designed to provide an indication of the institution’s academic strength in comparison to others. This rank is largely based upon the rankings awarded by Design Intelligence, a market leader in architecture education. The Graduate Smart Rank also incorporates a variety of statistical data about the graduate architecture program, including the acceptance rate, student-teacher ratio, and average GRE scores of previously-admitted students.

Undergraduate Smart Rank:
The rank of the undergraduate architecture program. The Undergraduate Smart Rank is designed to provide an indication of the institution’s academic strength in comparison to others. This rank is largely based upon the rankings awarded by Design Intelligence, a market leader in architecture education. The Undergraduate Smart Rank also incorporates a variety of statistical data about the undergraduate architecture program, including the acceptance rate, student-teacher ratio, and average GRE scores of previously-admitted students.

@newjersey17 reason for that probably is because only b.arch and m.arch are officially accredited by NAAB and are to follow somewhat strict guidelines regarding the curriculum. However, four year programs have varying degree programs and curriculum. (B.s.arch, b.a.arch and even BFA). 4 year courses tend to have varying curriculums and emphasis on education which are relatively rare or exist in lesser degrees in NAAB accredited programs and professional degrees.

In visiting schools, one view we’ve heard of the DI rankings (by folks representing schools not in the top 10) is that they are skewed a bit b/c certain schools like Cal Poly have much larger programs in terms of numbers of students, and thus have a much bigger pool of grads in the profession (and folks rank their own schools most highly). That sounds plausible though I’m not sure if it’s true.

Yes, a portion of the DI rankings are based on responses from alumni, and the larger the pool of graduates, the larger the pool of responses. If you look through the historical listing you’ll see that Cooper Union, which is generally regarded as one of the finest arch schools is rarely mentioned - they have a very small alumni pool.

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I’m going to type out the rankings for 2016-17.

UNDERGRADUATE
1 Cornell
2 Cal Poly SLO
3 Syracuse
4 Rice
5 Virginia Tech
6 Texas - Austin
7 RISD
8 Pratt
9 Auburn
10 SCI-Arc
11 Southern California
12 Cooper Union
13 Carnegie Mellon
14 Tulane
15 Illinois Tech
16 Oregon
17 Rensselaer
18 Iowa State
19 Cal Poly Pomona
20 Penn State
21 (tie) Boston Architectural
21 (tie) Notre Dame
23 Woodbury
24 Arizona
15 Tennessee - Knoxville

GRADUATE
1 Harvard
2 Cornell
3 MIT
4 Columbia
5 Yale
6 California - Berkeley
7 Michigan
8 Syracuse
9 Rice
10 Penn
11 WashU St. Louis
12 Texas - Austin
13 California - Los Angeles
14 Cincinnati
15 Virginia
16 Princeton
17 SCI-Arc
18 Kansas State
19 Virginia Tech
20 Clemson
21 RISD
22 Georgia Tech
23 Pratt
24 Cal Poly Pomona
25 (tie) Ohio State
25 (tie) Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Thanks, @listroider for posting the top 25. My understanding is that in the graduate category Cornell and MIT are tied for #2.

This article from Architectural Record provides further background.
http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11865-americas-top-architecture-schools-2017

@momrath The DI rankings indicate that they are indeed #2 and #3, not tied.

Thanks, listroider. Odd that Architectural Record reported differently. My son’s a Cornell MArch, so I’m not about to quibble. :slight_smile:

How do you see the full list online? I have only found the top 10 programs but I’d like to see the whole 2017 list

does anyone have the full rankings for 2018?

2017 - 2018 Design Intelligence Arch Programs

UG BArch

  1. Cornell
  2. Cal poly
  3. Syracuse
  4. Virginia tech
    5 univ of southern cal
    6 rice
    7 univ of texas
    8 southern cal inst
    9 Pratt
    10 Rhode Island school of design
    11 auburn
    12 cal poly pamona
    13 Rensselaer
    14 cmu
    15 cooper
    16 notre Dame
    17 Tulane
    18 Woodbury
    19 penn state
    20 Illinois inst of tech
    21 univ of Oregon
    22 iowas state
    23 Boston arch college
    24 univ of az
    25 univ of Miami

Grad
1 Harvard
2 Columbia
3 cornell
4 Yale
5 mit
6 univ of cal LA
7 UPenn
8 univ of cal Berkeley
9 univ of so cal
10 WashU (Washington univ in St. Louis)
11 univ of Michigan
11 Virginia tech
13 so cal Institute
14 univ Virginia
15 UT Austin
16 rice
17 univ of cinn
18 Kansas state
19 Syracuse
20 Clemson
21 savannah college of art
22 Princeton
23 gA instit of tech
24 Rhode Island
25 Pratt