Illinois School of Architecture Ranked Sixth in the Nation

Thursday, April 30, 2015

QS—a global company that develops networks in higher education and professional fields—classified the Illinois School of Architecture sixth in the United States and 25th overall in its world university rankings. Among public universities, Illinois placed third behind the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. Programs are evaluated on the basis of survey responses from academics and employers from across the globe and also on productivity and impact. The Illinois School of Architecture was rated highly for its excellence in research and the quality of its graduates.

Collaborative work is one hallmark of the school's approach to architectural training, which focuses on both technical skills and problem solving. The spaghetti tower project in Marci Uihlein's Mechanics of Materials and Design Applications course puts this philosophy into action: teams design and build towers that must have aesthetic interest and be structurally sound. Watch a video about one design group's experiences filmed by students in Robert Baird's Media and Cinema Studies class.

Updated May 4, 2015