Once again, the high quality of the School of Architecture + Design’s programs has been recognized in the 2015 professional design education rankings.
DesignIntelligence, which publishes the only national college rankings focused exclusively on architecture and design, based this year’s ratings on survey responses from 1,426 professional practice organizations that were asked, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” The firms were also queried about additional issues, such as how programs rate in teaching various skills.
In addition to the school rankings by professionals, surveys were conducted of deans and chairs from 97 academic programs, and more than 3,840 architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design students completed satisfaction surveys about their education, the data from which is presented separately from the practitioner rankings.
For 2015, Virginia Tech’s undergraduate Architecture program is ranked #4 in the nation, ranking in the top five for eight of the last nine years. The graduate Architecture program is ranked 14th. In the skills assessment, the architecture programs are rated #3 in Construction Methods and Materials and among the top ten for Analysis and Planning, Cross-disciplinary Teamwork, and Sustainable Design Practices and Principles. (More info. on 2015 Architecture rankings… | VT News article…)
The undergraduate Landscape Architecture program is ranked #10 in the nation, and the graduate Landscape Architecture program is ranked 14th. In the Deans’ Survey, the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program is recognized as the 5th most admired program.
The undergraduate program in Interior Design is ranked 9th nationally. In the skills assessment, the interior design program is rated #5 in the areas of Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Practices and Principles.
The undergraduate program in Industrial Design is recognized as the 2nd most admired program in the Deans’ Survey “for its impressive student work and the quality of new graduates.”
Dean Jack Davis has been included in this year’s list of the 30 most admired design educators from across the U.S.
Source: DesignIntelligence: America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2015, Report 255: Vol. 20, No. 6; November/December 2014.