Auburn University’s Interior Design, Industrial Design and Architecture programs ranked among nation’s best by DesignIntelligence

AUBURN – For the annual survey, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012,” DesignIntelligence magazine has ranked Auburn University’s undergraduate Interior Design program in the College of Human Sciences as best in the nation and Industrial Design and Architecture programs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction in the nation’s top 20 degree programs in their fields.

Based on interior design programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Auburn was ranked number one in the nation along with Savannah College of Art and Design.

“Being ranked number one is a testament to the efforts that both faculty and students have made to ensure that our graduates are indeed prepared for the professional world,” said Carol Warfield, head of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Auburn’s Interior Design program is offered through Consumer Affairs in the College of Human Sciences. The program’s previous best ranking was in 2008 when it was ranked fourth. It was ranked third nationally for cross-disciplinary teamwork in this year’s survey, which cited the growing importance of collaboration and communication in design education. The program’s graduates consistently earn placement with the top 100 architecture and design firms each year.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of many excellent design programs offered here at Auburn,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences.

The components of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students. Nationally, Auburn’s Industrial Design program was ranked ninth best and its Architecture program 14th best.

Vini Nathan, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, said, “I am delighted that the recent rankings from DesignIntelligence confirm the academic rigor and professional relevance of the design programs in the CADC. The extremely strong reputation of our architecture, interior architecture and industrial design programs is testimony to the convergence of bright students, dedicated faculty and staff and supportive alumni, advisory board and industry partners.”

Also recognized for excellence in the survey was Rod Barnett, associate professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture in Auburn’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, who was named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators of the Year.

The Industrial Design undergraduate program, in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design, has been ranked in the top 10 industrial design programs for six consecutive years. Hiring firms ranked the department’s program as number five in communication and cross-disciplinary teamwork and number four in computer applications. Founded in 1945, Auburn’s Department of Industrial and Graphic Design is one of the country’s first industrial design programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The undergraduate Architecture program, in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was up four in the rankings from last year, and marked its seventh consecutive year in the nation’s top 20 architecture programs. It was ranked fifth in sustainable design practices and principles. The curriculum in architecture was established in 1907, making Auburn one of the first universities in the nation, and the first in the South, to offer architecture as a major.

Barnett was honored in a category that recognizes role models of excellence in education and education administration. He was cited by DesignIntelligence as having extensive experience in the development of landscape architecture degree programs and curricula and as having taught design studio at all levels, as well as history and cultural landscape courses and seminars.

The annual rankings by DesignIntelligence for architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture and interior design programs are based on input from the nation’s architecture, design and engineering employers, as well as deans and chairs of design programs.

For more information on Auburn’s CIDA-accredited Interior Design program in the College of Human Sciences, go to http://humsci.auburn.edu/cahs/bs-inds.php.

For more information about the Industrial Design program in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design, go to http://cadc.auburn.edu/DIGD/Pages/default.aspx.

For more information about the Architecture program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, go to http://cadc.auburn.edu/apla/Pages/default.aspx.

Contact: Harriet Giles, College of Human Sciences, (334) 844-3241 (gileshw@auburn.edu),
Stephanie Bond, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, (334) 844-4590 (bondste@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)