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June 4, 2007
Contact: Lauren Beatty, University Relations, (785) 864/8856.

KU School of Architecture and Urban Planning named best in the Midwest

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning ranks first in the Midwest and sixth nationwide among all undergraduate architecture programs, according to DesignIntelligence, the publisher of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.”

DesignIntelligence surveys architecture firms and public practitioners across the country, targeting individuals with direct experience hiring and evaluating the performance of graduates. Participants were asked to identify the schools that provide the most well-prepared students.

This marks the eighth year that DesignIntelligence has issued the rankings. The national sixth-place ranking among the 54 accredited undergraduate programs in the country marks an all-time high for KU.

KU also ranked high in the individual category of “Construction Methods and Materials,” placing fifth among all programs nationwide, both undergraduate and graduate.

John C. Gaunt, dean of the architecture school, said the subjective nature of architecture makes it difficult to compare one school to another. He is pleased, however, to know that those who graduate from KU’s program are well-respected throughout the industry.

“To me it’s an affirmation of what we’re doing in the school and what the school is,” he said. “Regardless of any reservations that one would have about rankings, it’s very nice to be recognized.”

Programs ranked in the top 10 are:

1. Cornell University
2. Rice University
3. Syracuse University
4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute
5. Rhode Island School of Design
6. KU, Auburn University, California Polytechnic State University (tied)
9. University of Texas
10. Carnegie Mellon University

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