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Best Architecture Schools

Architectural Schools & a List of Best Top Architecture Schools. Complete Report about Architecture and Designs Schools in USA, UK, Canada, and the rest of the World

Although there are not tons of architectural schools in the world and in America, there are still enough that picking one, or a handful, is a hefty choice for potential students.

Those looking into an architectural school are best served by reading this and talking with other architects and teachers to get their opinion on a school that is right for your aspirations and goals as a practicing architect. They will be glad to steer you in a good direction. However, even they will want to know some things from you in order to help you best and so you will have to know some things about yourself and the school you are interested in before asking around.

One of the first things you should sort out for yourself is location. Where do you want to go to school: do you want to live in a large city or a small town? Do you want to have access to distance education or go strictly to a school for your classes?

The location of a school have an impact on what kind of activities the students can be involved in; for example, urban schools have more of an impact on urban living while rural schools will put more emphasis on rural architecture. The reputation of the school is also important-some are simply better than others; perhaps because of faculty, the age of the school, or the cutting edge programs that the school in question offers. This requires deep research, best received by talking with students and faculty yourself, as second hand information can be highly misleading. You also have to work out what kind of program you want to take-whether you just want a degree in Architecture, a professional degree, a master’s degree, or even a PhD. This is based entirely on your personal preferences and goals.

The resources that the school has to offer are also important. Schools with up to date computer design programs, libraries, large design studios, and decent storage should be given preference over those without. Students also have to research the tuition and material costs of their program; given the astronomical amount of money that students can spend on their education, it’s a very good idea to shop around and compare costs so you don’t end up overspending on your education and then spending much of your life in debt. Also research the students going to the school and the faculty.

Since you will be spending so much of your time working with the students and the faculty, it’s important to know what kind of people you’re being grouped with. The faculty should be knowledgeable in their fields, energetic, willing to learn and work hard, and many are stars in their fields. Once you have picked out a school, or preferably a handful, you have to prepare yourself. You will go through an admissions process that will require a number of things of you before you are even admitted into the school.

A portfolio is always a good leg up over the competition; showcase your very best design work so that the admissions people can see what you already know and where your skills and talents lie. Bound up in the portfolio are reference letters-most schools require reference letters to show off the person’s characteristics that would make them suitable for that school. Many schools also offer chances for interviews. Although not usually required, it’s still a good idea to go as it gives students the chance to meet some of the faculty and gives those members a chance to meet you, which can improve your odds of getting in.

Grades and exams are also important; bring your best grades to the fore and do not panic on your SATs. Do not simply apply to one school, but don’t worry about applying to dozens either. Pick a few and then a back up one to concentrate your strengths on. Even if you don’t get into the one of your choice, you could go to a back up one and then transfer. This can be risky, and time consuming, but it is a viable route to take. Finally, enjoy the process as best you can. Picking and being picked by a school is one of the milestones in the life of an architect and it can prepare you for job hunting in the future. A List of Best Architecture Schools Around the World:

America’s Best Architecture Schools

1) United States: Best Architecture schools in the United States:

Andrews University Division of Architecture

Degrees offered at Andrews University:

Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Degree
Professional Master of Architecture Degree
Doctor of Architecture

Arizona State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Architecture Degrees and Programs Offered at Arizona State University :

  • Bachelor of Science in Design in Architectural Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Design in Housing and Community Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Design in Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Design in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Design in Graphic (Visual Communication) Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture


Auburn University College of Architecture, Design Construction

Architecture Degrees and Programs Offered at Auburn University :

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture (dual)
  • Bachelor of Science in Building Construction
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design (New Program)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design (Post Baccalaureate Industrial Design)
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Community Planning
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Design Build (Design Track)
  • Master of Design Build (Construction Track)
  • Master of Building Construction
  • Master of Industrial Design
  • Executive Mas​ter of Real Estate Development


Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning

Ball State University offers pre-professional, professional, and post-professional degrees programs in architecture :

Minor Degrees:

  • Historic preservation minor

Bachelor Degree:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental design (BS or BA)

Master Degrees:

  • Master of architecture professional degree (MArch)
  • Master of architecture post-professional degree (MArch II)
  • Master of science in historic preservation (MSHP)


Boston Architectural College Boston Architectural Center


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture


California College of Arts and Crafts

California College of Arts and Crafts Offers Tow Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture


California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University and its College of Architecture Environmental Design offers Architecture & Environmental Design Degrees:

Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (Five year accredited first professional degree )
  • The Masters of Science in Architecture (MS-Arch) ( not accredited)


Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture offers:

  • A 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree and ranked as one of the top of architecture schools in the USA.

And Graduate Degrees in :

  • Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management
  • Building Performance & Diagnostics
  • Computational Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Tangible Interaction Design
  • Urban Design


Clemson University

Degrees Offered
* Master of Architecture (MArch)
* Master of Science (MS)
* Masters of Architecture [Architecture+Health] (MArch)
* Masters of Science [Architecture+Health] (MS)


















Best Architecture Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer Accredited Master of Architecture Degree:

  1. UBC Architecture
  2. UBC Landscape Architecture
  3. UBC Environmental Design
  4. UBC Urban Design (the UBC Master degree of Urban Design; currently waiting for for approval)

Best Architectural Schools in United Kingdom


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