Cal Poly Pomona’s undergraduate architecture program again earned high marks as one of the best in the country and in the region.
DesignIntelligence has ranked the program No. 18 in the United States and No. 5 in the West.
The West includes programs in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
“The popularity of Cal Poly Pomona’s architecture program is based, in part, on its learn-by-doing model of education and the polytechnic nature of architecture,” said Professor and Department Chair Sarah Lorenzen. “Our graduates are highly sought after by design firms and many gain admittance into highly selective graduate programs. We are pleased that those surveyed for the DesignIntelligence rankings report have confirmed the excellence of our program.”
The university also ranked No. 10 for teaching construction methods and materials. The landscape architecture program ranked No. 12 in the nation and No. 2 in the West.
The Master of Interior Architecture program that Cal Poly Pomona offers in collaboration with UCLA Extension ranked No. 2 in the West.
DesignIntelligence is a bi-monthly report released by the Design Futures Council. The publication includes research, commentary, and surveys on trends in architecture, design and real estate, as well as rankings of the best schools in the nation for the various programs.
Surveys of polling design firms, students and schools found that the design professions’ biggest concerns are sustainability/climate change (54.6 percent), maintaining design quality (52.2 percent) and integrated design (43.4 percent), according to DesignIntelligence.
The most significant changes in courses offered in the past five years include more emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated practice (59.2 percent), a push for sustainable design (47.4 percent) and increased study-abroad opportunities (46.1 percent).