A top-tier school of design and planning, the UT Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA) is known for melding theory and practice. Our programs are highly regarded because we combine intellectual curiosity and ambition with professional prowess. Faculty include many accomplished professionals and practicing architects who also advance theory through research, writing, exhibitions, and symposia, and have a broad range of expertise.

We value an integrated, close-knit design studio model. Our studios encourage dialogue, collaboration, risk-taking, innovation, and learning-by-doing, and our student to faculty ratio 10:1.

The 2016-17 DesignIntelligence survey ranked UTSOA #6 for its undergraduate Architecture Program and #12 for its graduate Architecture Program. Each year, DesignIntelligence conducts the “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” survey, which ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of professional practitioners who hire and supervise graduates of architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design programs.

UTSOA is one of only a handful of schools that consistently receives top rankings for both its undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. In recent years, UTSOA has also been recognized in the top 5 schools on the “Dean’s Most Admired Survey.” 

Our faculty have received numerous prestigious awards. Lawrence Speck, who has been with the school since 1975, was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and American Institute of Architects’ top honor, the Topaz Medallion, given to one individual in North America in recognition of their contributions to architectural education. Christopher Long was a recipient of the ACSA’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for 2016-17, and  Distinguished Teaching Professor Lawrence Speck, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Francisco Gomes, and Associate Professors Allan Shearer and Hope Hasbrouck have all been recognized among DesignIntelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators.” 

The School of Architecture’s students have also received many distinguished awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships and Marshall Scholarships.