University of Virginia School of Architecture Receives High Rankings in Design Futures Council Survey

January 20, 2006

January 20, 2006 — The University of Virginia’s School of Architecture has climbed five places to No. 3 among all graduate programs in the country in the seventh annual America’s Best Architecture Schools study conducted by the Design Futures Council.

In separate ranking U.Va. was ranked No. 5 among Best Graduate Landscape Architecture Schools for 2005-2006.

The rankings are based on a survey of the nation’s leading employers in the fields of engineering, design and architecture. Respondents were asked to reflect on graduates that they have hired during the past five years and to consider “how prepared for real-world practice” those graduates have been and then to indicate from which schools those best-prepared hires had graduated.

The survey, published in the November 2005 edition of DesignIntelligence, ranked U.Va.’s graduate program behind only Harvard and the University of Cincinnati.

“This new ranking is, of course, great news for us especially as it represents the opinions of successful professionals who obviously value the excellent training that our students receive at U.Va.,” said Karen Van Lengen, Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture.

The Design Futures Council is a global network of design community professionals. The mission: to explore trends, changes and new opportunities in design, architecture, engineering and building technology.

The U.Va. School of Architecture is widely known for its excellence in integrating building design, theory, and practice with public service, community engagement, sustainability and advanced computingThe school offers nine degree programs in four disciplines. Approximately 350 undergraduate and 165 graduate students are enrolled for the 2005-2006 academic year.

January 20, 2006 — The University of Virginia’s School of Architecture has climbed five places to No. 3 among all graduate programs in the country in the seventh annual America’s Best Architecture Schools study conducted by the Design Futures Council.

In separate ranking U.Va. was ranked No. 5 among Best Graduate Landscape Architecture Schools for 2005-2006.

The rankings are based on a survey of the nation’s leading employers in the fields of engineering, design and architecture. Respondents were asked to reflect on graduates that they have hired during the past five years and to consider “how prepared for real-world practice” those graduates have been and then to indicate from which schools those best-prepared hires had graduated.

The survey, published in the November 2005 edition of DesignIntelligence, ranked U.Va.’s graduate program behind only Harvard and the University of Cincinnati.

“This new ranking is, of course, great news for us especially as it represents the opinions of successful professionals who obviously value the excellent training that our students receive at U.Va.,” said Karen Van Lengen, Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture.

The Design Futures Council is a global network of design community professionals. The mission: to explore trends, changes and new opportunities in design, architecture, engineering and building technology.

The U.Va. School of Architecture is widely known for its excellence in integrating building design, theory, and practice with public service, community engagement, sustainability and advanced computingThe school offers nine degree programs in four disciplines. Approximately 350 undergraduate and 165 graduate students are enrolled for the 2005-2006 academic year.