The School of Architecture has been ranked the 14th best undergraduate program in the nation by the journal DesignIntelligence. In addition, Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis was named among the 30 most admired educators in the field of architecture education.

Rankings for DesignIntelligence’s “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2015” list were based on surveys of architecture and design professionals, which asked several questions including: “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?”


Evan Douglis

“At Rensselaer, we take pride in preparing our architecture students to become future leaders in the profession. Our graduates, who leave our school as seasoned thinkers practiced in innovative design, building technology, sustainability, and architecture as a social project, continue to prove and grow this reputation,” Douglis said. “Being ranked by DesignIntelligence as among the top programs in the nation is another recognition that Rensselaer-educated architects are advancing their field, transforming their profession, and answering our university’s call of ‘Why not change the world?’”

DesignIntelligence also ranked the School of Architecture at Rensselaer as the 9th best undergraduate program nationwide for educating students about construction methods and materials.

Additionally, DesignIntelligence named Douglis as among the 30 most admired educators in the field of architecture education. The journal praised Douglis for his simultaneous focus on advancing students’ careers and studies. “A personable, design-oriented dean, Evan Douglis is an inspirational leader, pushing for the advancement of the school,” DesignIntelligence wrote.

The School of Architecture offers two undergraduate programs, the five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree and the four-year Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences degree. The school also offers several graduate degrees in architecture including: a three–and-a-half-year Master of Architecture (professional) degree, and a one-year Master in Architecture II (post-professional) degree.

School of ArchitectureAdditionally, the following internationally renowned graduate research programs reside within the school, providing an outstanding interdisciplinary environment within which to study next-generation architectural buildings: the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology; the Lighting Research Center; and Architectural Acoustics.

Last year, the School of Architecture awarded 46 bachelor’s degrees, 38 master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree. With an interdisciplinary nature that brings together architecture, engineering, and science, the school is uniquely positioned to address its three primary research thrusts: architectural acoustics, lighting, and built ecologies.

Douglis is the principal of Evan Douglis Studio, an internationally renowned architecture and interdisciplinary design firm committed to the practice of digital alchemy. His leading-edge research into computer-aided digital design and fabrication technology, new materials and multimedia installations as applied to a range of diverse gallery installations, commercial projects, and more recently a series of prefabricated modular building assembly systems has elicited international acclaim.

Prior to joining Rensselaer in 2009, Douglis was the chair of the undergraduate department at Pratt Institute, an associate assistant professor and the director of the architecture galleries at Columbia University, and a visiting instructor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union.

Douglis’ accomplishments have been recognized with a number of awards, including  a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Design Vanguard profile by Architectural Record, an I.D. Magazine Honorable Mention, a People’s Restaurant Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles, and many others.

As a result of his leadership, excellence, and impact, Douglis was recently reappointed as dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer.