Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- December 06, 2002
Cal Poly Architecture Program Ranks Second in
Nation In Professional Journal Poll
A poll of practicing professionals, conducted by a leading architecture
and engineering journal, has ranked Cal Poly’s architecture program
as the No. 2 architecture school in the nation, second only to Harvard
The rankings, released in the November 2002 issue of DesignIntelligence,
were the result of a survey of 148 owners, partners and principals at
the top private architecture and engineering firms in the United States.
The architecture and engineering leaders responded to the magazine’s
question, “In your firm’s hiring experience within the past
five years, which schools do you feel have best prepared students for
the architecture profession?” Respondents were asked to name up
to 10 accredited architecture schools in a survey conducted by the journal
in late summer and early fall 2002.
The survey results ranked Cal Poly’s architecture program –
part of the university’s College of Architecture and Environmental
Design – second, behind only Harvard and ahead of the University
of Cincinnati in third place, Cornell University in fourth place, and
Yale in fifth place.
University officials said they were honored by the industry assessment
of Cal Poly’s architecture program.
"To prepare students for the competing demands of architectural
practice has long been an expected outcome of our program. This study
is one metric that suggests it is working," said Margot McDonald,
interim director of the university’s Architecture Department.
K. Richard Zweifel, interim dean of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture
and Environmental Design, agreed. “Through its exceptional faculty,
Cal Poly’s architecture program has a long history of valuing
and successfully integrating the complexities of professional practice
into its curriculum,” he said.
“The benefits of this approach are affirmed by surveys such as
this and in the ability of our graduates to assume leadership roles
in a wide range of architectural practice areas,” Zweifel stressed.
DesignIntelligence is published by the Design Futures Council, a Washington,
D.C.-based think tank dealing with architecture, engineering and building
technology. Along with the rankings, the magazine also compiled an “Editor’s
Choice” list of architecture schools. DesignIntelligence editors,
using their own separate criteria, ranked Cal Poly’s architecture
program 17th nationally, but noted the program was tied with Yale, Harvard
and MIT as the most selective programs in the nation in standards for
For the full article, including the list of national architecture and
engineering firms surveyed, visit the DesignIntelligence Web site at
Cal Poly’s five-year architecture program first awarded degrees
in 1965 and educates an estimated one of every five architects in California.
For more details on the department, visit the Cal Poly College of Architecture
and Environmental Design Web site at http://www.caed.calpoly.edu/.
Contact: Ray Ladd, College of Architecture and Environmental
Design (805) 756-7432, firstname.lastname@example.org