CDes improves in Design Intelligence rankings

The 2008 education rankings from Design Intelligence have been published. The College of Design's School of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, and interior design program all improved in the rankings.

Nationally, the College of Design is tied for second place with Kansas State and Oregon in sustainable design practices and principles.

Design Intelligence named Dean Tom Fisher one of the country's 25 most admired and respected educators, as seen by professional practice firm presidents and managing directors.

The School of Architecture was cited as having "a strong tradition of design with world class leadership" and known for "bringing together multiple design studios in innovative ways.

The rankings:


  • Tied for fifth place -- along with Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Berkeley, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee -- among national graduate programs in the view of Midwest practitioners.

  • Tied for first place -- with Yale and Clemson -- in the pass rate of graduates in the pre-design portion of the Architectural Registration Exam.

  • Tied for first place -- with Harvard and Georgia Tech -- in the pass rate of graduates in the mechanical and electrical systems portion of the exam.

  • Placed sixth in the construction documents portion of the exam.

Landscape Architecture:

  • Tied for 18th place nationally among graduate programs with Cal Poly Pomona, Utah State, Colorado-Denver, and SUNY.

  • Placed ninth among national graduate programs, in the view of Midwest practitioners, and in fifth place among graduate programs in the Midwest.

Interior Design:

  • Tied for seventh place nationally among graduate programs with Arizona State, Florida, and Virgina Tech.

  • Tied with Arizona State, Drexel, and Tennessee for 10th place among undergraduate programs nationally.

  • Among Midwest schools, the graduate program is ranked fourth after Purdue, Iowa State, and Kansas State.