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World’s Best Universities and Colleges for an Architecture Degree

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After glancing at the beautifully structured and well-designed buildings, every kid gets mesmerized and must have thought of becoming an architect sometime in childhood but it requires something more than just creativity. For a successful and highly rewarding career, one must have a vision, expression, passion, understanding, and experienced and professional mentors. Working as an architect not only brings you enormous opportunities in your career but also equally difficult challenges. This globe homes top-class colleges and universities for an architectural degree.

  1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Having the foundation laid in 1865, MIT is well-renowned for two main reasons other than its curriculum. Firstly, the School offered the first formal architectural course in the country, and secondly, it’s the first university in the world that operated architecture program within the establishment of a University. The MIT School of Architecture and Planning (MIT SAP) is considered as one of the most eminent schools in the world and a global academic leader in the design field. The Department of Architecture is split into five main research areas: the Art, Culture, and Technology program; Design and Computation; Building Technology; Architectural Design; and History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art. The Department offers several degrees, such as Bachelor of Science in Art and Design, Bachelor of Science as pre-professional, undergraduate degrees, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology and Ph.D., and many more.
  2. Stanford University
    Stanford University, officially known as Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California and is well-renowned for its academic achievements, wealth, location, and selectivity; altogether makes it as one of the world’s top universities. The aim of the undergraduate program in Architectural Design of this University is to evolve students’ ability to blend engineering and architecture in such a way that it incorporates innovative architectural design with contemporary engineering technologies. The University offers courses to the students in its program that affiliates unmediated architectural design studios with varied courses. Students can opt not only from catholic opulent courses regarding sustainability, building systems and structures, and energy conservation, but also design foundation and fine arts courses. Here, courses not just prepare students for advanced studies in architecture and construction management but also in other fields like civil and environmental engineering, law, and business.

    University students in class

  3. Harvard University
    Harvard University is the oldest institution for higher learning and, of course, one of the most prestigious institutions in the country. The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is a professional graduate school at Harvard University that offers various programs for masters and doctoral in architecture; the Master of Architecture, Master in Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture in Urban Design, and Master in Design Studies are just to name a few. In this private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an application is required for Architecture Studies, which comprises a statement of purpose and a proposed course plan. Interested students are supposed to contact the History of Art and Architecture coordinator of undergraduate studies for further information on the application.
  4. Oxford University
    Unlike other institutions, Oxford University does not have a main campus, and its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city center. The applicants are required to take A-levels but they also accept a whole range of other equivalent UK and international qualifications. This University has constantly grabbed its position in the top 5 universities of the world. Other than studies, the institute is successful in keeping the students indulged in sports as well. Its courses are accredited by RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) and ARB (the Architects Registration Board), the part 1 and 2 courses are also accredited by LAM (Malaysian board of Architects). The School also has associated affiliation with ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). The University is accredited with all the major Boards and Associations and is well-renowned for these obvious reasons.
  5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
    Been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Caltech is a small four-year, highly residential research university with a slight majority in graduate programs. Caltech follows the quarter system with the first term beginning in late September. California Institute of Technology homes six academic divisions laying a strong emphasis on science and engineering. The research facilities at Caltech are available to graduate students, but students can also avail to work in facilities of other universities, research centers as well as private industries.

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Ayushi Kushwaha
Ayushi Kushwaha, Staff Writer for the CEOWORLD magazine. She’s spent more than a decade working for various magazines, newspapers, and digital publications and is now a Staff Writer at The CEOWORLD magazine. She writes news stories and executive profiles for the magazine’s print and online editions. Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, she helps individuals and organizations stand out and get noticed. She can be reached on email ayushi-kushwaha@ceoworld.biz.