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Cal Poly Architecture Undergraduate Program Ranks Best in the West in 2017-18 Survey

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program earned “Best in the West,” placing first in undergraduate programs in top schools of the Western states of the 2017-18 DesignIntelligence (DI) rankings. The architecture program remained as second in the nation, maintaining its spot in the top three undergraduate programs for the past five years.

In the "Architecture Design Education Focus Areas" (known as the Skills Assessment) section of the survey, Cal Poly ranked first in Engineering Fundamentals, Healthy Built Environments, Project Planning & Management, Practice Management, Sustainable Built Environments, and Construction Materials & Methods. Practitioners judge each school by its strength in each skill set and combine both undergraduate and graduate architecture programs in the rankings.

In addition to the input from practitioners, 93 deans and department heads were polled to determine the "Most Admired Undergraduate Architecture Program." Cal Poly's architecture program ranked first in this category with the DI staff highlighting, "Strength across entire curriculum; interdisciplinary approach; strong practice orientation."

This year, DI recognized Dr. Umut Toker as one of the "25 Most Admired Educators." This prestigious group of educators and administrators is chosen by DI staff, academic deans and department heads, industry practitioners, and students from the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. This year, Dr. Toker was recognized by DI staff who commented, "Toker's knowledge in the areas of architecture, community planning, and digital fabrication give him high marks among his students. His dedication inside and outside the studio is unrivaled. He creates an atmosphere of excellence as he seeks to being out the best in each student."

The ranking results are published in the 2017-2018 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 2,600 practitioners from over 1,900 organizations and firms that hire recent graduates.

The full report is available at the DesignIntelligence Store.

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