Thursday, December 11, 2003

2 UC programs are tops in U.S.

Architecture, interior design cited

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - University of Cincinnati's undergraduate architecture and interior design programs are the best in the nation, according to a survey of design employers released Wednesday.

The 2004 listing by Design-Intelligence, an industry publication of the Design Futures Council, marks the first time the undergraduate architecture program has been ranked No. 1, over programs at schools such as Notre Dame, Cornell and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Last year the program was rated third in the country.

It's the fifth consecutive year that the interior design program has been No. 1.

Michaele Pride-Wells, director of UC's School of Architecture and Interior Design, said the rankings reflect a tough curriculum and the quality of the university's cooperative education program, which allows students to alternate between classes and paid work related to their major.

UC students regularly work in firms around the world before they graduate.

"It means that we are in an incredible position to attract more resources to the school and improve on something that is already really good," Pride-Wells said.


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