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Azure magazine says Ryerson School of Interior Design among the best in the world

By bahar
Dec 8, '11 11:28 PM EST

Ryerson's School of Interior Design has been named one of the top three schools of its kind in the world by an internationally renowned magazine.

In its special 25th anniversary issue, Azure magazine puts Ryerson alongside Harvard, Columbia, Yale, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Art and Design Lausanne, Royal College of Art (London) and others in its guide 'to the best design schools worldwide.'

Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design Daniel Doz, said "Azure is one of the pre-eminent design resources for architects, designers and the design-savvy public. We are incredibly proud that Azure has identified the School of Interior Design among the top design schools around the world. This decision reflects both the quality and depth of knowledge and creativity that the program offers. It is truly an incredible achievement."

Ryerson's School of Interior Design is named with Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, as the top three interior design schools on the planet.

The chair of the school, Annick Mitchell, says the recognition is the result of a long history of development and success: "This is really a tribute to the work of our students, alumni, faculty and staff," said Mitchell. "It's very exciting and gratifying to know that the hard work of many people over many years is gaining international recognition. Our students work extremely hard, and knowing that they will be among the best puts all that work into perspective."

The magazine asked 100 international architects, interior designers, industrial designers and other practitioners to contribute to the survey. 'Some of the biggest names in the design world' weighed in, the magazine notes.

It describes Ryerson this way:

"Ryerson dominates the discussion about the best interior design school in Canada, and graduates are equipped with the necessary technical skills to hit the ground running when they leave school. Instruction extends from the 'how' of design, to communication skills such as freehand drawing, CAD and oral presentation, as well as classes in liberal arts, the humanities, social sciences and the history of design."

The magazine names Mitchell and Barbara Vogel as the school's star faculty, and mentions superstar alumni Brian Gluckstein, Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu.