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Cal Poly Architecture Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
With a No. 1 Ranking

Cal Poly’s architecture program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it seems the design world is honoring the occasion with a special gift. This fall, for the first time, the industry trade publication “DesignIntelligence” named Cal Poly the best undergraduate architecture program in the nation.

Long a fixture among the publication’s Top 10 programs, Cal Poly leapfrogged prestigious programs including those at Cornell, Rice and Syracuse.

“This year we received 1,108 valid responses to our survey of professionals who have authority to hire within firms and organizations,” says Bob Fisher, associate publisher of “DesignIntelligence.” 

“When asked which undergraduate architecture programs best prepare students for success in the profession, their No. 1 choice was Cal Poly.”

The publication further endorsed specific skill areas at Cal Poly. “It is interesting to see that rankings of skill areas – like construction, cross-disciplinary teamwork and sustainability – combine findings for graduates of bachelor’s and master’s programs,” says Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design. “Graduates with Cal Poly bachelor degrees have skills that compete with graduates of prestigious master’s programs like Harvard, Columbia and MIT in many of the skills.”