Architectural Blatherations

Architecture school ratings historical comparison: 2005 Survey vs 2009/13 Survey

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Final Edition

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The Good Oil

Every five years we rank all the accredited architecture schools in the English-speaking world as research institutions: the best and the worst, top to bottom. Read about it here. We supply this information freely (eat your heart out Design Intelligence). When the next survey starts we amalgamate the old pages into a single report.

2005 to 2009/13: what changed

The table below uses the data from our 2005 and 2009/13 survey, omitting our 2007 survey. It ranks each school by the percentage of its staff {faculty} in the top quartile (top 25%) on our research scores. In a perfectly mediocre school, of course, 25% of its staff will be in the top quartile.

Don't get too excited by the changes. Many of the apparent movements are caused by our obtaining better data, and especially by our obtaining better information from the schools' websites (as we discuss below). We are completely dependent on these: if the schools lie (as they often do), then our data is defective.

Deceptive increases: UCLA and the Royal College of Art

Two examples of changes arising solely because of better information are the school of architecture at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Royal College of Art (RCA). In the table below they seem to have massively improved their rankings. Nup. All they did was provide better information on their websites. In 2005 both UCLA and the RCA listed everyone and her dog as a full-blooded academic. As a result, we included a lot of duds in our counts. In 2009, both had become more discriminating: the duds were not listed.

Comparisons 2005 to 2009/13

Nation University % in top quartile–2005 % in top quartile–2009/13
UK Royal College of Art 25 100
USA University of California, Los Angeles 46 87
USA Princeton University 67 83
USA Columbia University 56 80
USA Cooper Union, The 50 75
USA University of Pennsylvania 61 68
UK University of Bath 75 67
UK University of Cambridge 71 64
USA University of California, Berkeley 41 63
USA Yale University 75 62
Can McGill University 80 60
Aus University of Melbourne 46 60
USA Harvard University 55 58
Aus University of Queensland 73 57
USA Rice University 50 56
Aus University of Tasmania 44 56
UK University of Sheffield 33 52
USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology 43 51
Can University of Waterloo 39 50
UK Cardiff University 38 48
USA University of Notre Dame 50 47
Aus University of Newcastle 50 44
UK University College London 36 44
Aus RMIT University 47 43
Aus University of New South Wales 37 43
UK University of Greenwich 30 42
NZ University of Auckland 32 40
Eire University College Dublin 40 40
USA Ohio State University 13 40
USA Pratt Institute 27 40
UK University of Liverpool 35 39
USA University of Michigan 27 38
USA Georgia Institute of Technology 35 38
Aus University of Adelaide 11 38
USA Tulane University 38
NZ Victoria University of Wellington 35 38
Can University of British Columbia 31 36
Can University of Calgary 13 36
USA California College of the Arts 22 36
UK Oxford Brookes University 26 35
USA University at Buffalo, SUNY 35 35
UK University of Newcastle upon Tyne 38 35
USA University of Washington 29 34
Aus University of Canberra 33
RSA University of Cape Town 50 33
Can Dalhousie University 35 33
USA University of Texas at Austin 28 32
USA New Jersey Institute of Technology 40 32
UK University of the West of England 30 32
USA University of Virginia 39 31
USA University of Southern California 33 31
USA University of Kansas 24 31
Aus University of Western Australia 36 30
USA Miami University 25 30
UK Glasgow School of Art 17 30
Aus University of Technology, Sydney 23 29
Aus University of Sydney 31 28
USA University of Houston 14 28
USA Carnegie Mellon University 12 28
USA Washington University in St Louis 30 28
USA University of Texas at San Antonio 13 28
UK University of Westminster 44 28
UK Queen's University of Belfast 31 27
USA Northeastern University 50 27
USA University of Maryland 44 27
USA Syracuse University 31 27
USA University of Utah 10 27
USA University of Colorado 26
Aus Monash University 25
USA Clemson University 12 25
UK London Metropolitan University 24
Aus University of South Australia 12 24
UK Kingston University 24
USA City College of New York, CUNY 32 24
Can University of Toronto 56 23
USA University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee 38 23
USA University of Miami 35 23
USA Cornell University 24 23
USA Woodbury University 29 22
UK Liverpool John Moores University 22 22
USA University of Massachusetts Amherst 33 21
UK University of Strathclyde 25 21
Can Carleton University 0 21
USA University of Minnesota 28 21
USA North Carolina State University 12 21
USA University of Illinois at Chicago 35 21
USA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 34 21
RSA University of the Witwatersrand 27 20
USA Morgan State University 17 20
USA Kansas State University 11 20
USA Iowa State University 15 19
USA Pennsylvania State University 13 19
USA University of Hawaii at Manoa 5 19
USA Florida International University 13 19
USA California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 11 19
Can University of Manitoba 20 18
USA Rhode Island School of Design 21 18
USA Catholic University of America 13 17
USA Drexel University 0 17
USA Texas A&M University 24 16
USA University of Oregon 21 16
USA University of Tennessee, Knoxville 10 16
UK London South Bank University 25 16
UK University of Nottingham 17 16
NZ Unitec 14 15
UK Manchester School of Architecture 7 15
UK Sheffield Hallam University 15
USA Arizona State University 38 15
USA Kent State University 16 15
UK Northumbria University 14
USA Ball State University 9 14
USA Roger Williams University 15 13
Aus Queensland University of Technology 36 13
UK University College for the Creative Arts 13
UK Robert Gordon University 16 13
USA Judson University 0 13
USA Norwich University 17 13
USA University of New Mexico 23 12
USA Texas Tech University 17 12
USA Mississippi State University 6 12
USA University of Arkansas 7 12
RSA University of KwaZulu Natal 25 11
USA Andrews University 0 11
USA University of Florida 21 11
USA University of Cincinnati 24 11
USA University of Kentucky 11 10
USA Washington State University 0 10
RSA University of Pretoria 9
Aus Deakin University 0 9
UK University of Kent 9
USA Wentworth Institute of Technology 6 9
USA California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 6 8
USA Virginia Tech 18 8
UK University of Ulster 8
UK University of Lincoln 11 7
USA Temple University 11 7
UK Leeds Metropolitan University 30 7
USA Louisiana Tech University 0 7
USA University of Oklahoma 14 7
Singapore National University of Singapore 13 7
UK University of Portsmouth 6
USA University of Idaho 0 6
USA North Dakota State university 0 6
USA University of North Carolina - Charlotte 5
USA University of Texas at Arlington 18 5
USA Lawrence Technological University 7 5
USA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 22 4
HK University of Hong Kong 0 4
USA New York Institute of Technology 10 4
USA Illinois Institute of Technology 18 4
UK Nottingham Trent University 0
USA University of Arizona 0
USA University of Nevada, Las Vegas 0
RSA University of the Free State 0 0
USA Louisiana State University 16 0
USA Howard University 0 0
USA Florida A&M University 4 0
USA Drury University 0
RSA Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 0
USA Southern Polytechnic State University 0
USA Tuskegee University 0
USA Southern University and A&M College 11 0
USA University of Louisiana at Lafayette 11 0
USA Oklahoma State University 8 0
USA Auburn University 7 0
USA Florida Atlantic University 0 0
USA Hampton University 0 0
USA Montana State University 0 0
USA NewSchool of Architecture and Design 0 0
USA Philadelphia University 0 0
USA Prairie View A&M University 0 0
USA University of Detroit Mercy 0 0
USA University of Nebraska - Lincoln 0 0
UK Architectural Association 28
UK Edinburgh College of Art 64
UK University of Edinburgh 59
UK University of Dundee 18
UK University of Plymouth 27
Aus Curtin University of Technology 14
USA University of Arizona 6
RSA Tshwane University of Technology 0
UK Birmingham City University 25
RSA Durban University of Technology 11
USA University of Hartford 0

Data from our 2005 and 2009/13 research rankings exercise. Columns to the right list the percentage of staff from each school who fall into our top quartile on our research rankings. A dash (–) denotes that we were unable to obtain data satisfying our criteria.