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Top distinction

University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning has been named the number one graduate architecture program in the country by DesignIntelligence, which began ranking architecture programs in 2004. The rankings were released on Nov. 1, 2010, in the Architectural Record.

The architecture graduate rankings are based on the hiring experience of firms surveyed, and an assessment of the preparedness of recent graduates. Survey participants were asked which collegiate architecture programs (undergraduate or graduate) are strongest in each skills category.

Category: Analysis and planning

#1 University of Michigan

Category: Communication

#2 University of Michigan

Category: Computer applications

#3 University of Michigan

Category: Construction methods and materials

#3 University of Michigan

Category: Design

#3 University of Michigan

Category: Research and theory

#3 University of Michigan

Category: Sustainable design practices and principles

#2 University of Michigan

According to the article, “Among students who took a separate DesignIntelligence survey, 90 percent of University of Michigan attendees indicated a belief that they’ll be well prepared upon graduation, with 96 percent giving the quality of their program an A (excellent) or B (above average).”

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Note: University of Michigan offers a B.S. in architecture. DesignIntelligence only ranks the B.Arch. programs. Thus, UM’s undergraduate program is not eligible for ranking consideration.