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Hi Archinect Community, I'm doing some research on how architecture schools are perceived and what they're know for. If you could give your insights on what you think the following schools are known for it would be greatly appreciated! It can be a single word or a sentence. Respond to as many as you like.
This was fun! :) Here are some more schools:
UBC - University of Beautiful Cars:
It doesn't feel like a university set up for the needs of its own students. Most often being used as a movie set and had very limited affordable housing choices while I attended.
Unemployment. Across the board.
How about Cal Poly SLO? What's it known for?
And University of Washington?
what about phoenix college online?
Oregon - girls that don't wear deodorant or shave, also never ever tell anyone that you are getting a degree to get a job. That's buying into capitalism they don't take kindly to that.
I'm always dumbfounded when I see Oregon on the same wish list as places like GSD or Sci-Arc. Phil Knight DOES NOT bankroll the architecture department, their program is not any more exceptional than X-State U. I could argue that Portland State's architecture school is better strictly on the merit of their campus being IN Portland...
A few of those are known for swindling young adults out of their futures.
Could you do the rest of the list you made. I enjoyed your perspective.
@Driko - I was hoping that I could pass the torch to someone else. You know, someone would take the initiative Ok, I'll do one...KNOWN FOR:
Cincinnati: Phenomenology, craft, emphasis on professional practice, huge networking opportunities because of the co-op program. Affordable tuition, up-and-coming city, terrible Peter Eisenman building. After graduation, you'll supervise Ivy League grads while carrying a tenth of their student loan debt.
I'll give it a shot.
IIT: They once had this really really famous architect a while ago. Now they have his reincarnation as dean, Wiel Arets.
Michigan: With Mr. Taubman bankrolling the college of architecture, they have lots of cool toys and a new wing being built. Smorgasbord of ideologies.
Harvard: Michigan of the east
UTSOA: sustainability, the ducks... errrr
IIT - Woke up one day and asked, "What do you mean Mies has been dead for 45 years?" Have been making up for lost time since then.
Tulane - We don't want to take an ideological position or finance cool toys, so we will just say it is about community design and vernacular architecture.
Ball State - I wanted to go to Sci-Arc, but i'm from the midwest and Cali-for-ni-a sounds like a weird place.
Notre Dame - Dentil as in dentil dam?
Auburn - Like Tulane, but with rural community design. Good ol' boys, Greek life, even in studio.
Glasgow School of Art - I hope you like weird drugs, dubstep, and partying with art students. Like that time you slummed it at your friend's seedy older brothers house - fun, but only for a while
University of Washington- Cool Building, all about craft, vernacular architecture, people there mostly for Seattle, always raining, program....ehh on par with Oregon.
Oregon- All about sustainability, Football, two programs: Eugene, and Portalnd, They should just relocate their whole program to Portland.
Berkeley- Hippie City, Program is trying to get relevant by hiring SCI-Arc faculty or fresh talent but still struggling as a grad program, better undergrad program. Hard to get into but not worth it, People there for school name and bay area.
UCLA- Starchitect faculty, older building and facilities, best grad program in the west, Greg Lynn, Sylvia lavin, and now Jimenez Lai. Big Robots, the beach. Asian girls all over the campus.
SCI-ARC- Awesome building, new fab lab, in an artsy area next to Skid-Row, Mostly international students, lots of crossover between faculty from UCLA at reviews, Wacky work but very well done, nearly every one has a 3d printer/ Massive computer builds.
Woodbury- Lots of UCLA and SCi-Arc grads teaching there, in Burbank
USC- New Grad program, up and coming but second tier compared to UCLA and SCI-Arc, Expensive as hell, rich hawt white girls on campus, better for undergrad.
How about UT Austin? Anyone?
I did UT Austin (UTSOA) - They seem similar to Oregon, sustainability - I don't know why they are put in the same discussion as the GSD and the like. But they are one of the more affordable initial tuition for a school of architecture.
Known for:Woodbury- A smaller, more affordable, less abrasive version of Sci-Arc. "Sci-Arc Light: All the Sci Arc flavor, with Zero Douchebaggery", plenty of good affiliate institutes, dual locations LA & SanDiego which I believe was founded by the Germans in 1901. Here's some more:
nothing about UIUC?
Boston Architectural Center - essentially the community college/University of Phoenix of architecture schools; no portfolio required for admissions/no one is rejected, they offer an online M.Arch for fuck's sake, the program takes 5 years and requires you to work while going to school (a horrible, horrible idea if you want to actually learn to be a designer)
It's incredible that this place is accredited. I've seen graduate thesis projects that would deserve an F in a freshman undergraduate studio.
What about RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Pratt Institute? Any insights?
How about Penn State, Temple Univ, NJIT. Virginia, Virginia Tech, Howard and Hampton Institute
Sorry this got referred to in another thread, to add on:
Virginia: "Hey, did you know Jefferson started this place?" Brick. Lots of studio options. Bribes high profile architects to come talk with a shiny medal. Winter externships. Better connections. Has WG Clark.
Virginia Tech: "We like to think we're the Bauhaus." Hokie stone. Undergrad program better than Grad program, which is full of folks who think computers are the devil's creation and reject the enlightenment. Doesn't have WG Clark.
Thanks for the balls.
WG has graciously taken a second seat for some time now...
These are great to see...thanks. Two questions...is Penn really any more expensive than MIT, GSD or Columbia? Also, any thoughts on Carnegie Mellon?
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