LIVE image

DesignIntelligence has released its annual report on the top architecture schools, and 80% are campus-wide BuildingGreen subscribers.

The top architecture schools for 2012, according to DesignIntelligence. Hey, don't we know you?

We're always curious to see the DesignIntelligence lists of top architecture and design programs in the U.S. While the methodology is imperfect--pretty much ignoring all the amazing smaller architecture programs out there--these lists do give us a snapshot of which big-name programs are doing a good job of preparing their architecture and design students for the "real world."

Architecture and design are practical professions, so being prepared for professional life has always been essential. In the depths of a grueling recession, though, these rankings have even more weight: for a recent graduate, being ready to design real buildings on day one could easily make the difference between employment and unemployment.

How students become professionals

We've said it before: green building is just about the only kind of building happening right now. In an abysmal job market, design program grads ought to be able to say they are up to date on holistic sustainable design principles and best practices.

So we were proud to see that 80% of the programs listed by DesignIntelligence are campus-wide subscribers to BuildingGreen. Five of the six programs listed as strongest in sustainable design practices are also campus-wide subscribers (the sixth, Auburn University, subscribes to the print version of EBN).

We first started offering campus-wide subscriptions because professionals who also taught wanted to share BuildingGreen with students and the wider campus community. This subscription gives everyone on campus--from design students to sustainability directors to facility managers--unlimited access to Environmental Building News, GreenSpec, and the high-performance buildings database.

Keeping it real

"While many practitioners admire theory courses, they feel students need heavier doses of reality," writes James P. Cramer in his Architectural Record article about the DesignIntelligence lists. So we have some questions for you.

If you teach sustainable design, how do you "keep it real" for your students so they will be prepared for the jobs that (hopefully) await them after they finish their degrees?

If you are a sustainable design or building professional, what gaps would you like to see filled in the education or experience of interns fresh out of design school?

And finally, what can BuildingGreen do to help close the gaps between design school and professional life? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

If you enjoyed this article, sign up for BuildingGreen email updates

*

Comments


— Share This Posting!

Recent Discussions

posted by lloydalter
on Apr 11, 2014

I don't think it is a question of urine separating beating composting toilets; it...

posted by lloydalter
on Mar 27, 2014

My former boss Graham Hill, who built a high end tiny apartment after he left TreeHugger, used induction in an interesting way: since they use so...

posted by brucedonelson
on Mar 22, 2014

If you insulate the mechanical room, your HPWH will certainly become quiter to you upstairs. But it will have less heat available from upstairs...

Recent Comments


Urine Collection Beats Composting Toilets for Nutrient Recycling

Lloyd Alter says, "

I don't think it is a question of urine separating beating composting toilets; it can do both and in fact a urine-separating composting toilet...

" More...


7 Tips to Get More from Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Colder Climates

Joel Ackerman says, "

Hi,

 

I had installed two Fujitsu heat pumps, 15000 BTU models at the East and West end of my house.  The east end tends to...

" More...

mark g says, "

Bob,

Thanks for this: "For the A/C in my case there wasn't nearly as much plastic crackling".

At least i have something to look...

" More...


Safe, All-Electric "Induction" Cooking: Try This At Home

Lloyd Alter says, "

My former boss Graham Hill, who built a high end tiny apartment after he left TreeHugger, used induction in an interesting way: since they use so...

" More...


Heat Pump Water Heaters in Cold Climates: Pros and Cons

Bruce Donelson says, "

If you insulate the mechanical room, your HPWH will certainly become quiter to you upstairs. But it will have less heat available from upstairs to...

" More...