UO architecture ranks at head of the class in annual report

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Nov. 14, 2012) -- The University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts has the nation’s top program in sustainable design education for 2013, according to an annual report on architecture schools by the journal DesignIntelligence.

The UO program has been recognized multiple times for leading sustainable design education.

The university's undergraduate architecture degree program is ranked overall at number 13 and in the top six of programs at public universities. There are 154 accredited architecture programs in the United States.

The DesignIntelligence 2013 issue of "America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools" recently released the rankings of architecture, interiors, landscape architecture and industrial design schools. The research ranks both undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners who complete surveys coupled with reviews from deans and heads of all programs.

“The School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA)’s sustainability leadership comes from decades of innovation, integrated and excellent design, rigorous work, and many partnerships that continually push the boundaries of what the very notion of sustainability means,” said Frances Bronet, dean of A&AA.

“Being sixth in North American public institutions is extraordinary,” she said. “This ranking reflects our deep commitment to rigorous and thoughtful design and the capacities of our incredible students.”

Other accredited UO programs secured prominent rankings as well. The Department of Landscape Architecture was ranked fourth place by landscape architecture deans as a most admired undergraduate program for its focus on sustainability and its broad spectrum of expert faculty.  The Interior Architecture Program remains in the top 10 programs and within the top four accredited graduate programs. It was also recognized as fifth by architecture deans for its collaborative curriculum and breadth of subject matter.

The University of Oregon has more than 750 students studying architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture in its Eugene and Portland locations.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

MEDIA CONTACT:Karen Johnson, UO Architecture and Allied Arts, 541-346-3603, karenjj@uoregon.edu

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