DesignIntelligence names GSD architecture, landscape architecture programs top in the nation


DesignIntelligence has named the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s architecture and landscape architecture programs the first in the nation in its 2016 “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranking, released in its November/December 2015 issue.

DesignIntelligence‘s annual survey has been the definitive school ranking in four disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design—for over 15 years. Within the past 15 years, the GSD’s architecture program has held the top spot in the graduate architecture schools field every year except one, and the GSD’s landscape architecture program has led its field since 2005.

The “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” survey is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners. The 2016 survey was conducted in mid-2015.

According to DesignIntelligence, professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising recent architecture and design graduates are invited to participate in the research. A total of 1,426 professional practice organizations participated in the research for the four professions surveyed.

Among other questions, the survey asked participants, “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which of the following schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” In addition, practitioners are asked about which programs are best in teaching skills such as design, communication, sustainability, and technology. The rankings are based on their responses.

For more details about the 2016 ranking, including Top 10 lists for architecture and landscape architecture programs and links to further information, visit DesignIntelligence‘s announcement.