Cooper Union Named a Top Architecture School by DesignIntelligence

POSTED ON: October 10, 2019

As reported by the Architectural Record, Cooper Union has come in fourth in DesignIntelligence’s survey ranking of most admired schools for Architecture. According to the organization’s 19th edition of the survey, this year’s metrics for evaluation have shifted from previously-used paradigms to reflect the changing landscape of the profession: “Each year, DesignIntelligence (DI) conducts a survey of America’s top architecture schools, ranking undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of practitioners who hire graduates of those programs. The survey is sent, via email, to DI’s expansive network of hiring professionals, who tell us which schools they Most Admire and Most Hire From and how recent graduates are performing in 12 skill areas.” Within these skill areas, Cooper Union’s undergraduate program was ranked #2 in both Design Theory and Research Skills.



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.