Rice University School Of Architecture Ranked Among The Nation’s Best
Rice University’s School of Architecture has once again been named a top 10 undergraduate architecture program and a top 20 graduate architecture program in the Design Futures Council’s 2009 report published in DesignIntelligence.
RSA was identified as a school “with high distinction,” the second tier of a five-tier ranking system for “World-Class Schools of Architecture,” along with Pratt University, Rhode Island School of Design and others.
Now No. 8, RSA’s undergraduate program has been ranked consistently among the top 10 programs for almost 10 years. The graduate program too has been ranked consistently among the best.
“The selective and specialized admissions process at Rice helps us compete with other top universities for the best students,” said Lars Lerup, dean of the School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture. “Our unusually talented student body and illustrious faculty allow us to have a very manicured, highly organized program that creates a long track record of achievement.”
Other factors include extensive publication opportunities for students and faculty and the Preceptorship Program that gives fourth-year students a full year of practical experience at leading architectural firms.
The rankings reflect a survey of leaders of more than 300 architecture firms who, during the past five years, have had direct experience in the hiring and performance of recent architecture graduates. Survey participants were asked which accredited programs have best-prepared students for today’s real-world practice. Only schools accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board were eligible.
Rice’s architecture programs currently enroll 91 undergraduates, 22 preceptees, 20 fifth-year students and 84 graduate students. Of these, 19 expect to graduate in May with a four-year nonprofessional Bachelor of Arts in architecture. These graduates will then go on to a preceptorship for one year and return to complete their fifth year to receive the professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree. In May, 19 expect to receive a B.Arch. and 28 expect to receive a Master of Architecture degree.
The Design Futures Council is a worldwide network of professionals involved with the design community, including industry leaders and innovators. The council’s 10th annual ranking of U.S. architecture and design schools is published in the council’s journal, DesignIntelligence, and on its Web site, www.di.net.