This is not surprising at all. It goes to show that prospective students follow which schools are popular at a particular point in time or are prestigious. It also shows that students want to chase stars. It's whatever someone wants.
I don't disagree with the list, because these are popular and/or good schools. Personally, I could only see being comfortable at Michigan, Rice, and UCLA, in that order. Maybe UIC.
The only surprises are that Berkeley, Princeton, and Virginia are not on the list. That's ok. I hate Berkeley.
Completely agree with @observant.. Even I was not surprised to see this list.. rather I would be happy to see schools who are taking efforts and fast progressing than who already there! why not a list where we can show schools have potential to come up with and attract more prospective students. its not marketing but its creating opportunity..
Whose idea was it to illustrate this list with aerial views of each school? WONDERFUL!!! I loved quickly comparing the urban setting of each - another layer of analyzing what school one might want to attend. Such a fun quick scroll. Super cool, Archinect!
Arch Record / Design Intelligence top undergrad program: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.... nowhere to be found.
I agree. That's because it excels at teaching a person to be a well-rounded architect, it's far from Lalaland or the Bay Area (no stars around), and it's a public Cal State system school.
Heck, if you take my top regional picks in (mostly) publics, they were:
Cal Poly SLO
Arizona State (the Mountain West has no stunning schools, but ASU is good)
One can't argue these aren't great schools, because they are. They're just not glitzy. The only one of my picks on their list is U Michigan, and whether it's glitzy is variable and subjective. Its long history has been more solid than glitzy. They seem to be maintaining their cutting edge while being comprehensive at the same time.
They should rate these 13 schools from most artsy-fartsy to least artsy-fartsy.
As far as logos go, HUCAD (Harvard University College of Architecture and Design, or GSD to others) has a seriously dated and boring logo. Among the more pleasing ones are Rice, Yale, Pratt, UCLA, and Michigan (minus the background noise). The one for UIC looks like an indicator at a subway stop. Also, looking at Sci-ARC's aerial view, I'm wondering if it's a place for linear thinkers.