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Top Architecture Colleges, Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Architects plan and design all types of buildings, including houses, apartment complexes, churches and schools. Architecture degree programs teach students how to draw detailed plans of plumbing, electrical and ventilation systems; students also learn how to draw and design building facades. In order to work as an architect, a professional degree in architecture and a license are required.

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Top Schools for Architecture in the U.S.

1. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Cornell University was founded in 1865 and was the first school in the U.S. to develop dedicated programs in industrial and labor relations, veterinary medicine and hotel administration. This Ivy League school offers several options for students interested in pursuing architecture careers, including professional undergraduate and graduate architecture degrees. Students may also complete undergraduate and graduate programs in the history of architecture.

2. Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University was founded by England's King George II in 1754. In 2012, Columbia University was ranked fourth among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. This school offers a 3-year professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program, as well as master's programs in architecture and urban design, advanced architectural research and advanced architectural design. Graduate students who are interested in the history and theory of this field can pursue a doctoral degree in architecture.

3. Clemson University in Clemson, SC

Clemson University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. Undergraduates may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture or minor in architecture as part of another bachelor's program. Students who hold pre-professional bachelor's degrees in architecture can enroll in the 2-year M.Arch. program; the 3-year M.Arch. program is designed for students who hold bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. A non-professional Master of Science in Architecture program is also available. Students interested in doctoral study can pursue a Ph.D. in Planning, Design and the Built Environment; possible specializations include architecture and health, design/build and animated architecture. The Princeton Review listed Clemson University as one of the best value colleges in 2012.

List of Ten Good Architecture Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Auburn University Purchase of laptop required for architecture students Auburn, AL
Barnard College Undergraduate architecture program is partnered with Columbia University in New York New York, NY
Clemson University Offers master's degree concentration in architecture and health Clemson, SC
Columbia University Fifth oldest university in the U.S. New York, NY
Cornell University Offers landscape architecture degree Ithaca, NY
Middlebury College Ranked fifth among national liberal arts colleges in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report Middlebury, VT
Smith College Courses in physics and calculus are required before enrollment in graduate architecture program Northampton, MA
University of Arizona Offers graduate certificate in heritage conservation along with professional architecture programs Tucson, AZ
Washington State University First land-grant university in the state Pullman, WA
Yale University School of Architecture offers several joint-degree programs New Haven, CT
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