DesignIntelligence: UT Architecture a Top School; Rose “Most Admired”

Nov. 25, 2015


DI Seals 500x350The College of Architecture and Design’s School of Architecture is one of the top schools in the nation that is preparing students for a future and designing a sustainable future, according to Design Futures Council’s 2016 DesignIntelligence annual report. In the organizations’ report of the Top 35 architecture programs, the school was ranked No. 13 of public institutions (No. 27 overall).

DesignIntelligence is considered by the design industry the foremost source of rankings for design programs.  The report is compiled annually by the Design Futures Council, whose research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of professional practice leaders with direct experience hiring and supervising the performance of recent architecture and design graduates.

“A ranking based on real-world perceptions of our graduates in the workplace tells us we are doing the right things,” said Scott Poole, dean of the UT College of Architecture and Design.  “Our faculty provide innovative education to ensure our graduates meet their futures well prepared to make professional contributions to society, and our alumni give their time and resources to support our young designers.  As the college celebrates its 50th year, this is a harbinger of more success ahead.”

This marks the second time the college has been ranked in the DesignIntelligence report.  In 2011, the college was ranked No. 20 for preparing students for professional practice.

Rose-220-altAdditionally, the Design Futures Council named James Rose, Adjunct Asst. Professor, one of the Top 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.  In the DesignIntelligence report, he was noted for his focus on “emerging technologies and design-build [and for] advancing the creation of net-zero buildings, including collaboration with the Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism….”  Rose has led net-zero projects at the college for the past 10 years, including the most recent collaborative success with AMIE (Additive Manufacturing and Integrated Energy), a system involving a 3D-printed structure and vehicle that together produce and share energy.

Faculty from the College of Architecture and Design have been recognized by Design Futures Council for four of the past five years.  In addition to Rose, Ryann Aoukar, Assoc. Professor in Interior Design, was a 2015 Top 25 Most Admired Educator, and Poole was named to the list in both 2012 and 2014.

Celebrating 50 years of influencing design around the world, the UT College of Architecture and Design improves society through innovative education that integrates research, creative activity, public service, teaching and learning for undergraduate and graduate students in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.