Best Schools for Architecture & Interior Design in America

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AUSTIN, Texas - Aug. 20, 2019 - PRLog -- Want to know which schools have the best graduate and undergraduate architecture and interior design schools?

Each year DesignIntelligence surveys thousands of hiring managers at architect and design- professional firms to find out which schools they admire most — for their combination of "faculty, programs, culture, and student preparation for the profession."

Here are the rankings tallied from this past year's survey of 4,000 respondents, starting with undergraduate institutions, followed by graduate studies programs:

2019 Top 10 Architecture Undergraduate Programs
1  Cornell University
2  Rice University
3  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (SLO)
4  Syracuse University
5  Cooper Union
6  Rhode Island School of Design
7  Pratt Institute
8  Virginia Tech
9  Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
10  University of Texas (U.T.), Austin

2019 Top 10 Architecture Graduate Programs
1  Harvard University
2  Columbia University
3  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
4  Cornell University
5  Yale University
6  Princeton University
7  Rice University
8  University of California (U.C.), Berkeley
9  SCI-Arc
10  University of Michigan

Once again, two American architecture schools lead the pack for architecture and interior design. For undergraduate studies, once again, Cornell University takes top honors for 2019 — a position it has held for 8 of the last 9 years (

If you're a little fuzzy about Cornell's place in the world of design, don't worry — the school is perhaps better known for its technical prowess in engineering. But you probably have heard about one its famous students, the Dutch-born starchitect Rem Koolhaas.

The result, Milstein Hall, is a remarkable achievement. When it opened in 2011, the 47,000 sq foot building created a new 'center of gravity' for the design arts at Cornell.

With the benefit of a gift from Cornell Alumna Frances Shloss, (B.Arch. '45), the university was able to engage NYC-based LEVENBETTS architects to undertake a sensitive renovation of historic East Sibley Hall.

According to Aaron Stoneburner, the Industrial Design and Engineering Team Manager at Formaspace, the Cornell project called for over 300 Basix workbenches, each one kitted out with laminate plywood worksurfaces. Formaspace also manufactured 230 custom storage units for the Frances Shloss Studios, each one designed with two stacked file drawers.

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