Cal Poly Architecture Program Ranked No. 2 in the Nation


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program was ranked No. 2 in the 2016 DesignIntelligence ranking of the country’s 34 best public and private architecture and design schools. Among public universities, Cal Poly’s program was rated No. 1 in the U.S.

Noted for its high-quality program, Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program placed in the top 10 in eight of nine skillsets. Cal Poly was deemed strongest nationally in two categories: construction methods and materials and sustainable design practices and principles.  Additionally, the bachelor of architecture program earned second place in cross-disciplinary teamwork and fourth in computer applications.

In addition, Cal Poly’s bachelor of landscape architecture program earned the No. 6 spot in the national ranking. Both programs secured the title of “Best in the West,” placing No. 1 in undergraduate programs in top schools in the Western states.

The landscape architecture program was recognized for preparing graduates for success as registered landscape architects and LEED-accredited professionals. In skills assessment, the undergraduate program was held highest nationally in construction methods and materials. Because of its “well-rounded program with emphasis on theory, design and implementation,” Cal Poly ranked No. 3 in “most admired” undergraduate landscape architecture programs.

“We have a highly dedicated faculty who orchestrate their quality teaching with their scholarly activities,” said Omar Faruque, chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. “Our program has been rated, year after year, as the best landscape architecture program in the West and as one of the top programs in the nation.”

In addition to program rankings, the DesignIntelligence annual report honors excellence in education and educational administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. This year, two Cal Poly faculty members were recognized with this honor.

Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, received the Most Admired Educator Award for her “belief in the Learn by Doing philosophy, preparing graduates to be effective and productive contributors early in their professional lives.”  Keith Wiley also earned the title for his “inspirational and realistic approach to architecture and design.”

In a separate survey that asked architecture school deans to name the most admired undergraduate architecture programs, Cal Poly placed second nationally for its “dedicated faculty and balance of theory and practice with an emphasis on technology.”

The ranking results are published in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” and are based on a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. Data was gathered from more than 1,400 professional practices that hire recent graduates.

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