Clemson architecture programs earn top 20 ranking

Clemson’s School of Architecture is located in Lee Hall.

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Master of Architecture (No. 20) and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (No. 17) have both placed in the top 20 on DesignIntelligence’s annual survey “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” The graduate program also was ranked ninth in the country for its focus area in Architecture + Health.

This is the sixth consecutive year the master’s program has been ranked in the top 20 overall and top 10 at public universities by DesignIntelligence and the second year in a row in the top 20 for the undergraduate degree in landscape architecture.

DesignIntelligence surveys hiring professionals from companies and organizations around the country that employ architects, designers and landscape architects. This year’s survey asked respondents to rank schools based on the primary question, “From your hiring experience during the last five years, which programs are best preparing students for a future in the profession?” There were more than 2,600 validated submissions.

“We aim to prepare our students for their careers in architecture and landscape architecture through an educational experience that creates design leaders who understand today’s societal challenges on a local and global scale as they advocate for the improvement of built, natural and social environments,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of Clemson’s School of Architecture. “We are honored that hiring managers consistently recognize Clemson and want to thank our graduates and faculty for making that possible.”

More than 4,300 students also participated in DesignIntelligence’s research. A series of questions about each program and its facilities were ranked poor, adequate, good, very good or excellent. Of those providing feedback about Clemson, 90 percent believe the amount of dedicated studio space is excellent and 98 percent responded saying the student to faculty time is either excellent (80 percent) or very good (18 percent).