School of Archi­tec­ture Climbs in Rank­ings by Key Centre for Archi­tec­tural Sociology

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is proud to announce that its School of Archi­tec­ture has been ranked 12th out of more than 100 archi­tec­ture schools in the United States, by The Key Centre for Archi­tec­tural Soci­ology in its 2007 “Best Archi­tec­ture Schools in Research” survey.

The Key Centre, which is a research and com­men­tary web­site run autonomously by archi­tec­tural aca­d­emic and author Garry Stevens, Ph.D., is the only known entity to mea­sure and rank research cul­ture at U.S. archi­tec­ture schools.

Its rating system focuses on schol­arly output from full-​​time pro­fes­sors; assigning scores based on the fre­quency at which fac­ulty are included and cited in two of the utmost libraries of archi­tec­tural research – the Columbia Uni­ver­sity Avery Index and the Royal Insti­tute of British Archi­tects Library.

Northeastern’s 2007 ranking is a sig­nif­i­cant jump from its ranking of 22 in the Centre’s last survey, which was pub­lished in 2005. George Thrush, director of The School of Archi­tec­ture at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, attrib­utes this impres­sive pro­gres­sion to two key factors.

Because this ranking is based on schol­arly work – as opposed to design projects – our fac­ulty mem­bers who write and con­duct research, and our superb his­to­rians, account for much of our per­for­mance,” explains Thrush. “In addi­tion, since the Key Centre also takes account of how often fac­ulty works are cited by others, the School of Architecture’s ranking is indeed an indi­ca­tion that North­eastern research topics are of great interest to others in the field.”

The Centre – which receives no funding from gov­ern­ment, industry, or acad­emia – focuses on the con­ver­gence of archi­tec­ture and soci­ology, and describes its rank­ings as rel­e­vant to “Post-​​grads looking to com­plete higher studies, or under­grads looking for an intel­lec­tual challenge.”

As part of a major urban research insti­tu­tion, Northeastern’s School of Archi­tec­ture is com­mitted to knowl­edge cre­ation through research, with fac­ulty who work col­lab­o­ra­tively towards common goals with social ram­i­fi­ca­tions. In the last year alone, Northeastern’s fac­ulty of seven pro­duced two books, 16 arti­cles and book chap­ters, and numerous pre­sen­ta­tions. In addi­tion, they have con­ducted sig­nif­i­cant public outreach.

Com­ple­menting this research strength, the School’s teaching focuses on con­tem­po­rary prob­lems of the post-​​industrial city, with stu­dents doing advanced work on urban housing and the inte­gra­tion of sus­tain­able sys­tems in buildings.

Grad­uate stu­dents con­cen­trate on those building types that pre­dom­i­nate today’s market-​​driven devel­op­ment world, including apart­ment towers, office build­ings, parking struc­tures, big-​​box retail, and gas sta­tions. The School of Archi­tec­ture attracts excel­lent stu­dents from all over the world, and is con­tin­uing to grow from just over 100 stu­dents six years ago, to almost 400 today.

Pointing to a third and final driver of Northeastern’s suc­cess, Thrush con­cludes, “Because our fac­ulty mem­bers are com­mitted to the devel­op­ment of this still very young School, I think there is a height­ened focus on con­tributing to its suc­cess. I couldn’t be more proud of their work.”

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact John Natale at 617–373-2802 or j.​natale@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.