Australia ranked as a top place to study architecture

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The Melbourne School of Design, ranked as a top Australian university to study architecture.

The Melbourne School of Design, ranked as a top Australian university to study architecture. Image: John Gollings

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The new building for the Melbourne School of Design by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA opened in 2014.

The new building for the Melbourne School of Design by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA opened in 2014. Image: Peter Bennetts

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The University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are better places to study architecture and the built environment than some Ivy League universities, according to the QS World University Rankings.

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s top ranked architecture school at 15, the University of Sydney just behind at 17, and the University of New South Wales came in 22. The three universities were all ranked before prestigious institutions such as Cornell University (27), Stanford University (30) and Princeton University (38).

Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked as the top place to study architecture and the built environment in the world.

The Asia-Pacific region did well generally, with eight of the top 20 architecture schools from the region. The National University of Singapore was ranked six, while Tsinghua University in Beijing was ranked number eight. The University of Auckland came in at number 45.

Eleven Australian universities made it into the top 100 rankings, including the University of Melbourne (15), the University of Sydney (17), the University of New South Wales (22), RMIT University (33), the University of Queensland (37), the University of Newcastle (40) and Monash University (41). Curtin University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of South Australia are all ranked within the top 51-100.

The QS World University Rankings released lists of the top 100 universities according to specific subject areas, with scores given based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations per paper.

Top 25 universities for architecture and built environment:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – United States

2. University College London (UCL) – United Kingdom

3. Delft University of Technology – Netherlands

4. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – United States

5. Harvard University – United States

6. National University of Singapore (NUS) – Singapore

7.  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) – Switzerland

8. Tsinghua University – China

9. University of Cambridge –United Kingdom

10. The University of Tokyo – Japan

11. Columbia University – United States

12. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong

13. University of Hong Kong (HKU) – Hong Kong

14. Politecnico di Milano – Italy

15. The University of Melbourne – Australia

16. Tongji University – China

17. The University of Sydney – Australia

18. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – United States

19. Seoul National University (SNU) – South Korea

20. University of British Columbia – Canada

21. KTH, Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden

22. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Australia

22. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Spain

24. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – Switzerland

25. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – United States

Australia’s universities also fared well overall with five in the top 50 worldwide: The Australian National University (25), The University of Melbourne (33), The University of Sydney (37), The University of Queensland (43) and The University of New South Wales (48). See the full rankings here.


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