Top architecture colleges in the world: check out the top 100

Brazil, the United States, Japan and Australia are some of the countries that architecture colleges of the world. The ranking, released annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global education analysis consulting firm, has evaluated 2,200 architecture colleges worldwide in the year 2018.

However, only 200 were selected as the best. In order to form this list, criteria such as academic reputation and reputation in the labor market were evaluated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the United States, won for the fourth consecutive year the first place, obtaining a 100 mark in all the questions. O Brazil is present in the ranking with the architecture and urbanism course of the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, both appear in the list of the best architecture colleges in the world in 28th and 80th places, respectively.

Still here, in South America, close to the people, are the Catholic University of Chile, the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of Chile. The sisters occupy the 33rd, 78th and 79th place in the ranking, respectively.

Asian colleges appear strong in the QS ranking. Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea have institutions that rank among the top 100 architecture colleges in the world. On the African continent the reality is quite different, only the University of Cape Town in South Africa appears on the list.

In the other positions are the European countries, especially Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Check out the top 10 of the world's best architectural colleges and, below, the full list of colleges selected by QS:

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

Top architecture colleges in the world: check out the top 100

The best among the best architectural colleges in the world is located in the American state of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). One of the institute's biggest highlights is its extensive investment in new technologies. Founded in 1867, MIT is a reference in studies and research in the field of architecture and engineering.

Among his most famous students is the architect Ieoh Ming Pei, responsible for the expansion of the Louvre Museum and the pyramids Le Grand Louvre, located in the center of the museum. It was from here at MIT that there were also 77 winners of the Nobel Prize.

2. UCL (University College London) - United Kingdom

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Britain's second-ranked University College London was the first top-level institution to settle in London and currently holds 29 Nobel Prizes. The faculty of architecture is guided by interdisciplinarity combined with other courses.

The UCL is responsible for developing the spatial syntax method, a teaching method that analyzes how a project - architectural or urban - can affect the social environment.

3. Delft University of Technology - Netherlands

Delft University

The third place in the ranking of the best architecture colleges in the world goes to the Dutch Delft University Of Technology. With one of the largest campuses in the world - 18,000 m² - the institution offers students a complete infrastructure. The architecture course at Delf University is based on three pillars: design, technology and society.

4. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Switzerland

ETH Zurich

Switzerland is ranked fourth on the list of best colleges in the world with ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The institution is a great reference in the world and is among the best in Europe. As a matter of curiosity, Albert Einstein, a noted scientist of our time, was a student at ETH Zurich.

The architectural course of ETH Zurich is renowned for theoretical research and a focus on specialization in construction and technology techniques.

5. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) - United States


Another American to the list. The University of California ranks fifth in the list of the world's best architectural colleges. However, the architecture course is an arm within the environmental design teaching. At Berkeley, the student has the option of studying the history of architecture and urbanism or environmental design with a focus on developing countries. Another differential of the university is the equipment and accessories used, and most of them are sustainable.

6. Harvard University - USA

Harvard University

The architecture course of the famous Harvard University occupies the 6th place in the ranking. Located in the state of Massachusetts, Harvard University is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in the world, founded in 1636. The university architecture course emphasizes contemporary design techniques and includes design, history, and technology studies in the curriculum.

7. Manchester School of Architecture - United Kingdom

The Manchester School of Architecture, located in England, is the result of the union between the architecture departments of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The highlight of the institution is the interdisciplinary architectural research that covers areas such as urban design, urban development and ecological design, for example.

8. University of Cambridge - United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

In eighth place is the University of Cambridge, England. One of the oldest institutions in the world, founded in 1209, has one of the most renowned architecture courses internationally. Cambridg's somewhat conservative and traditional architecture course prioritizes areas such as theory and history. However, the institution counts on one of the most mixed architecture courses that exists. There are 300 students from 55 different nationalities.

9. Politecnico di Milano - Italy

Italy, the birthplace of world-famous and recognized artistic styles, such as the classical and the Renaissance, is in 9th place with the architectural course of Politecnico di Milano. The public university is considered one of the best in the fields of engineering, architecture and industrial design.

10. National University of Singapore (NUS) - Singapore

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore is the only Asian representative in the ranking of the best architectural colleges in the world. In 2018, the architecture department of the institution completed 60 years. At first, the architecture course was only an embryonic stage of the Polytechnic Institute of Singapore. It was only in 1969 that it became a full course.

In 2000, the course underwent a restructuring and became known as the Faculty of Architecture, Construction and Real Estate in the Architecture Department of the School of Design and Environment (SDE).

Currently the course offers a huge variety of programs that include landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning and integrated sustainable design. No wonder he has reached number ten of the world's finest architecture courses.

See now the complete list of the world's top 100 architecture colleges

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - United States
  2. UCL (University College London) - United Kingdom
  3. Delft University of Technology - Netherlands
  4. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Switzerland
  5. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) - United States
  6. Harvard University - USA
  7. Manchester School of Architecture - United Kingdom
  8. University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
  9. Politecnico di Milano - Italy
  10. National University of Singapore (NUS) - Singapore
  11. Tsinghua University - China
  12. University of Hong Kong (HKU) - Hong Kong
  13. Columbia University - United States
  14. The University of Tokyo - Japan
  15. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - United States
  16. The University of Sydney - Australia
  17. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Switzerland
  18. Tongji University - China
  19. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - United States
  20. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong
  21. The University of Melbourne - Australia
  22. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Spain
  23. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) - Australia
  24. KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden
  25. Cornell University - United States
  26. RMIT University - Australia
  27. Stanford University - United States
  28. University of São Paulo (USP) - Brazil
  29. Technische Universität München - Germany
  30. The University of Sheffield - United Kingdom
  31. Polytechnic of Madrid - Spain
  32. University of British Columbia - Canada
  33. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Chile
  34. Kyoto University - Japan
  35. Princeton University - United States
  36. Seoul National University (SNU) - South Korea
  37. University of Michigan - United States
  38. University of Pennsylvania - United States
  39. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - United States
  40. University of Texas at Austin - United States
  41. Politecnico di Torino - Italy
  42. Technische Universität Berlin - Germany
  43. University of Reading - United Kingdom
  44. University of Toronto - Canada
  45. Eindhoven University of Technology - Netherlands
  46. Aalto University - Finland
  47. Cardiff University - United Kingdom
  48. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Belgium
  49. National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) - Mexico
  50. The University of Queensland (UQ) - Australia
  51. Aalborg University - Denmark
  52. Arizona State University - United States
  53. Carnegie Mellon University - United States
  54. Chalmers University of Technology - Sweden
  55. City University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
  56. Curtin University - Australia
  57. Hanyang University - South Korea
  58. Illinois Institute of Technology - United States
  59. KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - Germany
  60. Loughborough University - United Kingdom
  61. Lund University - Sweden
  62. McGill University - Canada
  63. Monash University - Australia
  64. New York University (NYU) - United States
  65. Newcastle University - United Kingdom
  66. Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Norway
  67. Oxford Brookes University - United Kingdom
  68. Pennsylvania State University / United States
  69. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) - Australia
  70. RWTH Aachen University - Germany
  71. Shanghai Jiao Tong University - China
  72. TU Dortmund University / Germany
  73. Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) - Austria
  74. Texas A & M University - United States
  75. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Hong Kong
  76. The University of Auckland - New Zealand
  77. University of Nottingham - United Kingdom
  78. University of Buenos Aires (UBA) - Argentina
  79. University of Chile - Chile
  80. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
  81. Universität Stuttgart - Germany
  82. Université Catholique de Louvain - Belgium
  83. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) - Malaysia
  84. Universiti Malaya (UM) - Malaysia
  85. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - Malaysia
  86. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - Malaysia
  87. University College Dublin - Ireland
  88. University of Bath / United Kingdom
  89. University of Cape Town - South Africa
  90. The University of Edinburgh - United Kingdom
  91. University of Lisbon - Portugal
  92. University of Liverpool - United Kingdom
  93. University of Porto - Portugal
  94. University of Salford - United Kingdom
  95. University of Southern California - United States
  96. University of Washington - United States
  97. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - United States
  98. Yale University - United States
  99. Yonsei University - South Korea
  100. Asian Institute of Technology - Thailand
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