The World's Best Architecture Schools in Research: 2009/13 results

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The Good Oil

Every five years we survey and rate the research performance of the architecture schools in the English-speaking nations. Previous surveys were conducted in 2005 and 2007. These rankings are valid for five years.

On these pages you can find the results of our most recent survey, that of 2009. Features of the 2009 report:

You can read about our methodology here.

For an excellent discussion of architecture school ratings systems, see Great Programs in Architecture (IJAR 2008 2:2 (11-22), by Ann Forsyth.

New Rating the individual professors. We rank over 3,000 architecture professors for their research abilities. The 2009/13 report is available.

About the ratings

Our survey is intended to aid postgrads {graduates} seeking a place to conduct architectural research.

The survey does not claim to be a guide to those keen to become working architects. Our rankings won't help someone out of high school looking to maximize their future prospects and income. For that, American students should buy the survey from DesignIntelligence, which provides a rankings list of American schools. Our survey has two advantages compared to our competitor at DesignIntelligence. First, it is free and gratis. Second, our survey includes every single school in the USA and Canada for which we could obtain data, unlike DesignIntelligence' paltry efforts ranking a handful of schools. Anyone looking to study architecture should also read the discussions at ArchiNect.

How did we calculate our ratings?

Read this page.

Who do we only calculate ratings every five years?

Our ratings are based on the research outputs of architecture school academics. Because the turnover

Who should use our ratings?

We have attempted to measure the architecture schools and their academics {professors} in terms of their research output. We make no statement of their quality of teaching. Our only claim that is that postgrads looking to complete higher studies, or undergrads looking for an intellectual challenge, should cast a glance over our ratings.

Previous surveys: the 2005 and 2007 ratings

The original 2005 Research Report is available for free download. Its data and methodology have been superseded by our 2007 and 2009 rankings. You should read it for the substantial information it has about our data collection, and a commentary on the schools' websites.

Where are the 2009/13 ratings?

Right here: