Industrial design graduate program ranked third nationally by DesignIntelligence

6 Nov

Zhan Zhang, a graduate of Auburn’s industrial design graduate program, is seen in front of Wallace Hall.

Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction programs continue to be ranked among the nation’s best. In the annual DesignIntelligence survey, “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2014,” the college’s graduate and undergraduate programs in industrial design and its undergraduate architecture program are ranked in the top 10 degree programs in their fields nationally. The rankings are based on annual surveys of leading practitioners in the fields.

Auburn’s industrial design graduate program is ranked third nationally for 2014, up from fourth last year. The industrial design graduate program has been ranked in the top 12 programs nationally seven out of the last eight years.

Hiring firms have ranked the Auburn industrial design program first nationally in the skill areas of research and theory and first in sustainable design practices and principles; second in cross-disciplinary teamwork; third in communication and in computer applications; and fourth in design.

Vini Nathan, dean and McWhorter Chair in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, said, “I am delighted that our programs continue to receive national recognition. It serves to support the high academic rigor and professional relevance of the design programs in the college. The extremely strong reputation of our programs is testimony to the convergence of our bright students, dedicated faculty and staff and supportive administration, alumni, advisory board and industry partners.”

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