College of Architecture, Design and Construction Programs Ranked among Nation’s Best
DesignIntelligence Quarterly has released its annual rankings “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2016–2017,” and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction programs are once again ranked among the best in the nation. These rankings are based on annual surveys of leading practitioners in these fields. CADC’s undergraduate program in architecture is ranked ninth, and its graduate program in landscape architecture is ranked eighteenth. The School of Industrial and Graphic Design’s graduate program industrial design continues be ranked third in the nation, and its undergraduate program is ranked fifth. There are no new rankings for industrial design this year.
This is the eleventh year that the Auburn architecture program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture has been ranked in the top twenty program nationally. In their architecture skills assessment, hiring firms have ranked Auburn second in construction methods and materials; fifth in sustainable design practices and principles; sixth in cross-disciplinary team work; and eighth in communication skills. The DesignIntelligence Architecture Dean Survey ranked Auburn fifth among their most admired undergraduate architecture programs “for its admirable faculty and Rural and Urban Studio.”
This is the third time in the last ten years that APLA’s graduate program in landscape architecture has been in the top twenty. Auburn’s Master of Landscape Architecture approaches issues facing the world as design problems that are investigated through the work students do in studios, seminars, workshops, and lectures, which enables students to understand and marshal the dynamic, flexible, fast-moving forces that form and re-form the landscapes of our cities and regions.
“I am delighted that our programs in the CADC continue to be nationally ranked for their distinct and robust, relevant strengths,” says Vini Nathan, Dean and McWhorter Endowed Chair in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. “Clearly, this is a testimony to the dedication of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni.”
The Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction is comprised of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, The McWhorter School of Building Science, one of the oldest, largest and most respected construction management programs in the United States, and the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, whose Graphic Design program has been included in Graphic Design USA’s top graphic design programs for the past three years.