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Places is grateful for the support of a network of academic partners, all of which provide funding and editorial advice. Read the latest news from our partner schools here.

Aarhus School of Architecture
Aarhus School of Architecture
The Aarhus School of Architecture is an institution of higher education under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, which has as its objective to offer, on an artistic and scientific level, education in architecture until the highest level, to practice artistic innovation work, and, on a scientific basis, to carry out research within the field of architecture. We carry out research and teaching on all levels of scale of the architectural profession — from design and architecture to urbanism, urban landscapes and physical planning. Regardless of the area of study, we always emphasize the core competences of the architect, the artistic approach to assignments and the ability to work spatially as well as visually. In our workshops scholars, teachers and students produce models and prototypes, often in full-scale. The School’s vision is “Engaging through Architecture,” which means that we focus on educating architects who are aware of the responsibilities they have as designers of our future material and immaterial surroundings and who are able to engage actively and critically with society. The School’s focus areas for the coming years will be Habitation, Transformation and Sustainability. We also focus on Research by Design and on developing new teaching methods (didactics).

Arizona State University Design School
Arizona State University, The Design School
We are engaged in a new paradigm for the teaching and research of design in the 21st century. Located within one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing universities and set in the context of one of the country’s most rapidly urbanizing metropolises, The Design School offers degrees in architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication (graphic) design. Our school brings together all of these design disciplines, with one unified faculty, working together to create a new vision of how we educate the next generation of designers. We are the most comprehensive and collaborative design school in the country.

ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture
ETH Zürich, Department of Architecture
The department presents itself as a dynamic structure of complementary teaching and research entities. At the center of this program is didactic, practice-oriented education in design and construction, tied to scientific methodology. It is in the design studios that comprehensive and passionate education in architecture takes place. All activities are characterized by a profound understanding of the past and a forward-facing outlook. Students are encouraged, through stringent and visionary thought, as well as sharp observations, to pursue unconventional approaches in solving complex problems in a cross-disciplinary manner. The affiliated research institutes, the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, Institute of Technology in Architecture, Network City and Landscape and Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation, are closely tied to the design studios through the interdisciplinary formulation of assignments. The findings of these institutes contribute to architectural teaching at all levels; their expertise is enhanced by other fields at the ETH Zürich, including the humanities and social and political sciences, as well as material, environmental and engineering sciences.

Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
The College of Architecture at Georgia Tech has been a leader in design innovation since 1908. Students, faculty and researchers in the Schools of Architecture, Building Construction, City & Regional Planning, Industrial Design and Music work across boundaries to advance knowledge of designed environments at all scales, producing new realms of experience and creativity. Georgia Tech offers bachelors, masters and doctoral studies in architecture, building construction and industrial design; and masters and doctoral studies in planning and music. The College’s seven interdisciplinary research centers apply cutting edge research in partnership with corporate, government and nonprofit agencies. These centers include the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory/Digital Design and Fabrication Lab; the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA); the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS); the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT); the Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education (IMAGINE Lab); the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD); and the Construction Resources Center (CRC).

Lund University School of Architecture and Built Environment
Lund University, School of Architecture and Built Environment
The school offers the highest level of professionalism possible in the education and training of architects: a 5-year professional program leading to a Master of Architecture, a specific 2-year international Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Design (SUDes) and a 2-year international Master of Science in Architecture (MARCH); with the possibility of specialization in Advanced Architectural Design, Spatial Experiment, Architectural Conservation Design, or Human Shelter / Urban Space. All of our programs combine best practice with advanced research to help students develop into highly skilled professionals who are competitive at an international level. Further, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, in whole, shows a wide range of research and PhD-education within the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Architectural Technology, Environmental Psychology and History and Theory of Architecture. A national Swedish research school in architecture (ResArc) is also conducted from our department.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning
The unifying theme of all our activities is design. Through the design of physical spaces, and through the design of policies and technologies that shape how those spaces are used, we aim to sustain and enhance the quality of the human environment at all scales, from the personal to the global. We believe that design and policy interventions should be grounded in a commitment to improving individual human lives, equity and social justice, cultural enrichment and the responsible use of resources through creative problem-solving and project execution.

Pennsylvania State University, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Pennsylvania State University, H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, building on the excellence of our undergraduate professional programs, recognizes that design is a signifier for the great variety of means and methods with which we respond to the world and improve people's living environments. By collaborating with an increasingly diverse range of professionals, communities, and individuals, we (students, alumni, staff, and faculty) aspire to become global citizens participating in the discovery and making of responsible living environments. We are creative and innovative scholars and stewards, with a vision expanding beyond landscapes and buildings. Our future embraces vibrant possibilities, benefiting from our ability to effect new and restored networks, systems and virtualities; exemplary manufacturing models; convivial and resilient environments; intelligent material and technology developments; adaptive ecologies and ecosystems. The programs of the School respond directly to major changes in the world of design. Curricula at both undergraduate and graduate levels should be regularly re-examined and adjusted. They are increasingly technology-based, explicitly interdisciplinary and targeted to new niches in our disciplines at the intersection of green technologies, economics, social and cultural change.

Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture is an institution of higher education under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The objective of the school is to offer education in architecture until the highest level. As an institution of education, the school aims for a deliberate balance between research and knowledge-based content and artistically and creatively founded content in our programs. We educate and research within the fields of architectural design and restoration, urban and landscape planning, and industrial, graphic and furniture design. The tuition takes place within nine study departments providing instruction on all levels, while the research is organized within four institutes. The diploma is earned through a three-year undergraduate course leading to a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a two-year graduate course leading to a Master of Arts in Architecture.

University of California-Berkeley
The University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
The first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning and landscape architecture into a single college, CED led the way toward an integrated approach to analyzing, understanding and designing our built environment. CED was also among the first to conceptualize environmental design as inseparable from its social, political-economic and cultural contexts.

University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture is the first faculty in Canada to offer four post-graduate, built-environment professional degree programs: Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All of these are based on a comprehensive non-professional Environmental Design undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. The Faculty of Architecture also offers a Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. in Design and Planning in the Faculty of Architecture focuses on research in the following areas: Planning and Design Theory; Sustainable Planning and Design; Planning and Design Education; Planning and Design Practice; and Design and Planning Technologies. Through its focus upon design excellence, teaching and research, the faculty demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and associated ecological, economic, physical and social well-being of the global community.

University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
The University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a process through which students and the professional community can express the creativity, acquire the technical capacity, accept the social responsibility and recognize a sense of history to make the decisions that shape the built environment. Through research, practice, outreach and teaching, students learn to understand the built environment at all scales: from the history, design, function and impact of a single building or public space to the operation, physical form and socioeconomic system of a metropolitan region.

University of Michigan,  Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Taubman College seeks to improve the human condition through thoughtful design and planning for the built environment. Its academic programs prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from local to global. Taubman College conducts innovative design and policy research and serves the community, the state, the nation, and the world through outreach and partnerships. In pursuit of these ideals for over 100 years, Taubman College offers students from the state, the country and around the globe a complement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs ranging from pre-professional to post-professional to Ph.D. Our committed and energetic faculty, staff and students form a diverse, creative and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world's largest research universities. Taubman College has a long educational tradition that combines design and technology. Today, it continues to foster a broad view of architecture and urban and regional planning in the context of a major research university where interdisciplinary initiatives are encouraged and supported.

University of Pennsylvania School of Design
The University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
PennDesign is an inventive place of learning where the many fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape and the fine arts come together on shared ground. At PennDesign, we are dedicated to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. In a collaborative environment that fosters inquiry and experimentation, faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research, and contribute works of value and beauty.

University of Southern California School of Architecture
The University of Southern California, School of Architecture
The USC School of Architecture has achieved a more than 90-year tradition in educating and cultivating some of the finest architectural minds, in addition to contributing to the development and construction of the city of Los Angeles. This tradition is built on a foundation that integrates exemplary instruction, design, research, and technology. The USC School of Architecture offers a 5-year professional undergraduate degree, Master's degrees in the areas of architecture, building science, historic preservation and landscape architecture, and a new Ph.D in Architecture. As Los Angeles claims a double frontier in both America and the Pacific Rim, USC is reaching afar to new territories and cultures. In conjunction, the School of Architecture is launching new initiatives in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary discourses, including the USC American Academy in China.

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
The UT Austin School of Architecture melds theory and practice. The faculty include many reflective practitioners who are accomplished in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, preservation, and interior design. The faculty also advance theory through research, writing and exhibitions, and have a broad range of expertise in architectural history, building systems, technology, sustainability, transportation, Latin American architecture, and urbanism, and the built environment. This scholarship is advanced through the Center for American Architecture and Design, the Center for Sustainable Development, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The school has made a conscious effort to reject disciplinary boundaries along departmental lines. This unique organizational structure promotes collaboration and affords students an integrated understanding of the design of meaningful places at all scales, from rooms to cities and regions. The enrollment is approximately 750 students, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate programs. The school offers undergraduate degrees in architecture and interior design; master’s degrees in architecture, community and regional planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, architectural history, sustainable design, urban design, and interior design; and doctoral degrees in planning, architectural history, preservation, and sustainability. View a video about the program here.

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
The fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are characterized today by exceptional pressure for change. Globalization and the convergence of new media, materials and building technologies have led to radical change in economic, technical and aesthetic formations in the design fields. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is responding to these shifts. As the largest city in Canada and one of the most dynamic in North America, Toronto is a thriving metropolis, providing exceptional resources for the aspiring architect, landscape architect or urban designer to study the early 21st-century human condition. Daniels has a global orientation in its teaching and research while simultaneously believing in the importance of sensitively addressing local forces. In this context, Daniels strives to harness the potential of Toronto’s distinctive multi-ethnic and multicultural society. The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for critical studies and the imaginative exploration of design alternatives that will be of consequence internationally. Students not only have the city to use as a resource, but also have access to Toronto’s large professional design community, many of whom teach at the school. In addition, the city’s multicultural networks and international connections make Daniels a powerful place to start a career. Daniels’ focus on interdisciplinary training and research will test your limits and challenge you to rethink design for the 21st century.

University of Washington College of Built Environments
The University of Washington, College of Built Environments
Located in Seattle on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, bounded by the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington offers students the opportunity to study design and construction at one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. CBE houses four departments — architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning — comprising fourteen degree programs, including four accredited professional degrees and two interdisciplinary PhDs. Built on a tradition of discovery anchored in principled design and community engagement, students at CBE enjoy sustained interaction with civic and professional leaders in one of the world’s most geographically diverse and dynamic metro regions. Seattle serves as a singular laboratory for critical exploration of the interdependent roles of design, planning, urban ecology and construction in the resilience of twenty-first century cities. Practice internships in and around the Pacific Northwest supplement coursework, and students pursue global interests through foreign study in Rome, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Chandigarh and cities throughout Asia. A dozen sponsored research and entrepreneurial centers further enrich professional education and scholarship in the college, including the Integrated Design Lab, the Urban Ecology Research Lab, the Green Futures Lab, the Urban Form Lab, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education.

Woodbury School of Architecture
Woodbury University, School of Architecture
Woodbury School of Architecture is a network of hubs strategically sited within the larger Southern California megalopolis: Los Angeles, Burbank and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations. The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and interior architecture train students as entrepreneurs, architect citizens and cultural builders. Our Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, Master of Architecture and post-professional graduate programs in architecture and real estate prepare students to effect positive change in the built environment, to tackle theoretical debates and to take on architecture as a critical practice. Our faculty is composed of active and prolific architects, designers and academics practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. Internationally recognized and award winning, the faculty works closely with students, teaching the skills required to expand the limits of practice and debate the possibilities of our disciplines.

Partner News: Aarhus School of Architecture

Joint masters program on sustainability

Joint masters program on sustainability Aarhus School of Architecture is partnering with Tsinghua University's Department of Architecture in a Masters program in Energy and Green Architecture. >>

Partner News: UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley to Host The City + Water Conference

UC Berkeley to Host The City + Water Conference The conference will be held on February 28. >>

Partner News: MIT

Jennifer Pahlka Receives the Kevin Lynch Award

Jennifer Pahlka Receives the Kevin Lynch Award Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America, receives the Kevin Lynch award from the MIT School of Architecture + Planning. >>

Partner News: Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture Appoints New Prorector

Aarhus School of Architecture Appoints New Prorector Trine Berthold will focus on international cooperation and strengthening the school's ties to practice. >>

Partner News: University of Washington

John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built Environments

John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built Environments Professor Schaufelberger, who has been with the University of Washington since 1994, assumed the deanship on November 1. >>