That is great for the program, I knew I should have not let my aunt (stanford architecture) & uncle (tOSU architecture) talk me out of applying to architecture school, just because the economy sucked and no one was hiring architects.
Michigan Architecture School Ranked #1
but lousy counsellors.
Well, they're kind of right... The job market for architects right now is absolutely dismal. -No one- is hiring, and I say that knowing more than a few Taubman alums who have struggled in the job market over the past year.
My fianceé did her undergrad at UM and graduated from Columbia MArch last year, and now works in Beijing. Yeah...that was probably decent advice.
We'd all rather be #1 in both (academics and athletics), call me crazy but the academics part is sort of the point of a university existing....
A lot of the faculty take the "leaders and best" bit as seriously as the athletic staff does.
Yet still stuck on the #2 campus in Ann Arbor.
What exactly do you mean by this? Are you hating on north campus?
Based on this information why is GERG not the architect of a stronger defense?
Now how quickly can they redesign the stadium so that there are swirling winds when the opponents throw the ball?
Nice for the school, and a proud day for Wolverines. <Insert defensive coordinator -architecture job>
something to build on!
Congratulations to the students, faculty and administration. This did not just happen...
a defense? That would be helpful.
And damnit I knew I should have stuck with Architecture.
Wow, this is great news. I have no idea what direction I want to go in if I get into U of M *crosses fingers, hopes AMSHG does not affect non-football players*, but I think I'd definitely take a strong look at the architecture program.
Take a hard look at where you can get jobs. If you get in, Michigan has many fine programs. Its academic excellence in so many areas is nothing short of amazing.
As a current arch student, I can say that this really came out of nowhere. Monica Ponce de Leon is really well-respected in the architectural community worldwide, so her appointment as the dean and her hiring of lots of Ivy League grads as professors is probably the biggest contributor to the wild swing.
Still, good press is good press.
All is going as planned. Today, the number 1 architecture program; Tomorrow THE WORLD. [evil laughter]
It should be noted that the banner at the top of this fine blog was designed by a Michigan Architecture alumnus. huzzah.
(warning: the following is stuff you probably don't care about. I'm gonna write here anyway because I'm bored, our defensive secondary sucks, and I want to celebrate the one good bit of news I've had this week.) onward:
Architecture school rankings over the past decade are about as rational and predictable as BCS rankings; not very. UM was #8 in 2009, and didn't crack the top 20 last year. It is quite likely that this #1 spot will not last very long. (it should be noted that this does mark the first time since this ranking system started that Harvard got knocked out of first, which is nice to see).
In my completely unscientific and personal analysis, we snagged this for two huge reasons. First, there was a complete shakedown of the leadership at the college starting in 2004. The new faces brought a lot of proven design-education talent to the table and a great deal of marketing moxie that was sorely needed in the front office. Second, we were on the right side of some other institutions' failure to adapt. The traditional powerhouse schools in this discipline grew stagnant because they failed to react actively to economic forces outside the arch-theory-bubble. In this recession, "starchitecture" firms (i.e. the Frank Gehrys of the world) has seen a rapid decline in business. Schools such as Yale, Columbia, and Harvard (while still fantastic schools) were teaching this 'lone genius' method of practice that wasn't doing so well. An apt comparison would be an economics school preaching mortgage-backed derivatives trading methods and not adapting to current failures in the market. Michigan started looking at different educational methods and ways of practicing architecture and it has paid off.
Full disclosure: I have both a B.Sc in architecture ('08) and a M. Architecture ('10).
Do you think the fact that U-M is making big moves into the digital fabrication arena also helps? I imagine that's what you're referring to in some of the above.
I think so, but it's difficult to tell how much it helps or if that is different than other schools. UM did put a huge financial commitment into it, and shifted some curricular focus. However i think the real improvement has been the cross-disciplinary work integrated to various courses. It more adequately represents a real-life workflow without simply hindering design.
Let's hope Dee Hart wants to major in Architecture.
Let's not! It is probably one of the hardest majors at the university in terms of pure time commitment. It's an awesome program, but it is just about impossible to imagine someone going through it while still competitively practicing for a starting spot on the football team.
When my spouse started architecture school, he said some upperclassmen spoke to the incoming group and said "How many of you have boyfriends or girlfriends?"
Smattering of raised hands.
"Yeah, well.....that's not going to last."
"Architecture students are like virgins with an itch they cannot scratch,
Never build a building 'til you're fifty, what kind of life is that?"
pavement, don't know the name of the song, but its on wowee zowee. i will guess Kennell District?
Yes, Pavement. But it's actually "The Hexx" from Terror Twilight. I think they had another song that references architecture on Zowee Wowee though...
grave architecture, i believe.
"walk, the marble halls, the monuments the something something"
malkmus was an architecture student at UVA prior to forming pavement
but just with the undergrad degree. Switched over to graphic design a few years later and have never lacked for work, while the architecture field has been repeatedly hammered by recession-related downturns. Still, it's a great thing for the grad program to achieve this ranking; it's something that would have been laughably improbable when I was in school back then.
care to show us any of your work - besides maize flaming skulls?
People I know in architecture (including M grads) tend to badmouth our architecture program as a river of creativity but lacking any pragmatic check valve.
so its like every college program everywhere
This is probably true of 90% of architecture programs out there. The main thinking is (or at least used to be) that college is for nurturing the creative juices while the early professional career is for learning the actual real world pragmattics...which is why the first 3 years of actual professional practice in architecture is typically called an "internship."
As alluded to in the story, I think we are starting to see that type of educational framework begin to change...and probably is a good thing.
As a 1989 UM grad with an undergraduate degree in architecture, this story makes me proud and certainly makes me more "marketable" in my field (albeit probably only to a degree).
As a lifelong UM football fan...well...that's really for another post, isn't it!
Yes. As a disillusioned architecture student, I can speak to the process at one school at least (not M) in that creativity is heavily stressed and picayune, unimportant details like "does your building stand up" aren't addressed until the third year of the program.
Architecture at UVA (and as I gather, the lion's share of schools around the country) is really art class. "Physics for architects" is literally high-school level.
Actually, I've heard older alums say that they felt there was too little emphasis on creativity.... but a U-M grad could built the hell out of a retaining wall.
Sounds like maybe the pendulum swings back and forth depending on the era.