TOP ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill
This simple, yet a very true statement from Winston Churchill illustrates just how important is for any architecture student to fully understand and embrace the concept of creating and feel the responsibility that comes with designing for people.
In order to achieve such creative maturity, having a good education is essential. We are giving you our (albeit subjective) list of the world’s top ten architecture schools in alphabetical order.
1. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION, UK
The number one school on our ‘Best Architecture Schools’ list, is the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, also referred to as the AA, the oldest independent architecture school in the United Kingdom, originally founded in 1847 by “a
pack of troublesome students”. The school prides itself in being “the nexus of a global conglomeration of contemporary architectural culture, as well as its pasts”. The courses are divided into two main segments – undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which include specialized courses in Landscape Urbanism (LU), Housing and Urbanism, Sustainable Environmental Design, Histories and Theories, Emergent Technologies, and Design Research Lab (DRL). The school also has a course in garden and building conservation, as well as an environmental access course. Also, there are new programmes such as Projective Cities, Interprofessional Studio and Design+Make. One of the world’s greatest architects Zaha Hadid studied here, as did Rem Koolhaas (the winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2000), and Richard Rogers (the winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2007 and Stirling Prize in 2006 and 2009).