Top 10 architecture schools

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You can study architecture in programs at both an undergraduate and graduate level at universities around the country. There are 151 professional programs in architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the sole agency authorised to accredit programs in architecture. DesignIntelligence, a widely recognised journal for architects, issues annual rankings of schools based on opinions from top design firms, schools, and manufacturers. There is also another ranking guide based on research performance from the Key Centre for Architectural Sociology, as well as the popular ranking of schools from "U.S. News and World Report."

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Harvard University

Ranked as the number one graduate school for architecture by DesignIntelligence (DI) for the past seven years in a row, it comes as no surprise that this prestigious university is seen by nearly everyone as the best of the best. The school offers two graduate programs, one for students who have completed a five-year undergraduate professional program in architecture and a second for students who have earned a bachelor's degree with another major.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design 48 Quincy Street Gund Hall Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-5453

Cornell University

Ranked as the number one undergraduate program for architecture by DI, this university offers a five-year professional program leading to a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Their architecture department has 130 years of tradition behind it, a number of study abroad programs and the benefit of a graduate program ranked seventh in the country by DI.

Department of Architecture College of Architecture, Art, and Planning Cornell University 139 E. Sibley Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-5236

Columbia University

This university ranked number one for research performance by the Key Centre for Architectural Sociology and number seven for the top graduate schools by DI. The New York City-based school prides itself on its global outlook toward the 21st century city, enrolling students from around 55 different countries.

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University 1172 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-3414

Yale University

Ranked as the second best graduate school by DI, the New Haven, Connecticut-based university offers four different graduate level programs. These include a three-year master's program, a two-year post-professional master's option, a two-year program for independent research leading to a Master of Environmental Design degree and a program leading to a Ph.D. degree.

Yale School of Architecture P.O. Box 208242 New Haven, CT 06520-8242 (203) 432-2288

Rhode Island School of Design

Ranked as the top graduate school with an architecture program by "U.S. News and World Report," this design school offers a three year professional master's program. The school offers the benefits of a small, personalised program, a strong array of course offerings in all the fine arts and an emphasis on the design studio.

Rhode Island School of Design Bayard Ewing Building 231 South Main Street Providence, RI 02903 (401) 454-6281

University of Texas at Austin

Ranked fifth by DI for both its undergraduate and graduate programs, this university offers a rich assortment of degree options. Besides from its standard professional programs, students can purse interdisciplinary master's degrees in specialities such as sustainable design, urban design, historic preservation, architectural history and community and regional planning.

School of Architecture The University of Texas at Austin 1 University Station, B7500 Austin, TX 78712-0222 (512) 471-2398

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ranked as the fourth best graduate school by DI, this university is also world renowned for all of its technological departments. Their Department of Architecture is composed of five interacting discipline groups: architectural design, visual arts, building technology, computation and history, theory and criticism of architecture and art (HTC).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture 77 Massachusetts Avenue, room 7-337 Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 (617) 253-7791

Syracuse University

Ranked second for undergraduate schools by DI, this five-year professional program offers the benefit of its setting in a large liberal arts university.

School of Architecture Syracuse University 201 Slocum Hall Syracuse, NY 13244-1250 (315) 443-2256

University of Cincinnati

This school is continuously ranked in the top 10 graduate architecture schools by DI, often making it as high as number two. An article in "Business Week" in 2007 called it "a model for design programs that are shaping a new generation of creative managers."

School of Design College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 6415 Aronoff University of Cincinnati PO Box 210016 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016 (513) 556-6828

California Polytechnic State University

This school is ranked as the best in California for undergraduate studies in architecture by DI. They also offer minor studies in the fields of architectural engineering, city and regional planning, construction management, integrated project delivery and real property development.

Architecture Department California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0282 805.756.1316

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