Cal Poly architecture program ranked No. 2 in the nation

Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program earned No. 2 in the nation among the country’s 34 top public and private architecture and design schools, according to the 2016 DesignIntelligence ranking.

It also was the top-ranked public university on that list.

Cal Poly ranked in the top 10 in eight of nine skill sets, and was selected as the best in two categories: construction methods and materials, and sustainable design practices and principles.

The bachelor of architecture program earned second place in cross-disciplinary teamwork and fourth in computer applications. Cal Poly’s landscape architecture program took No. 6 nationally.

Additionally, two Cal Poly faculty were recognized among DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, was recognized for her “belief in the ‘learn by doing’ philosophy, preparing graduates to be effective and productive contributors early in their professional lives.” Keith Wiley, a Cal Poly architecture lecturer since 2001, was recognized for his “inspirational and realistic approach to architecture and design.”

The ranking results are published in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” and are based on a survey of more than 1,400 professional practices that hire recent graduates.