DesignIntelligence's annual "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" ranks The Cooper Union among The Most-Admired Undergraduate Architecture Programs.

POSTED ON: November 20, 2011

DesignIntelligence's America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012 presents a definitive analysis of architecture and design programs across the United States. According to a recent article in Architectural Record, The Cooper Union is featured among the top B.Arch programs. Sixty deans and chairs of architecture departments responded to a survey about which undergraduate programs they considered the best. The Cooper Union ranked in the top 5, ahead of Syracuse University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

  • 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.