QS quacquarelli symonds unveils the 2021 edition of its QS world university rankings, listing the top architecture schools of the year. the higher education analysis firm analyzes and ranks the A-list of universities with architecture schools, with a subject-based methodology that takes into account each school’s academic and employer reputations, and its relevance and impact among research citations. a total of 220 universities are listed among this year’s rankings, with the top five grouping consistent with the last several years, with slight variations in order.


similar to last year’s lineup, the massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) is listed at the top of the list, followed by university college london (UCL), delft university of technology, ETH zürich, and harvard university.

QS world university rankings lists the top architecture schools of 2021
MIT’s school of architecture + planning (SA+P) continues to lead the QS world university rankings
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the top ten architecture schools ranked by QS quacquarelli symonds saw only two new universities in 2021. these include the national university of singapore, which jumped to sixth place from twelfth, and tsinghua university in beijing, which rose to eighth place from eleventh. these two schools replaced the manchester school of architecture in the UK — which fell to eleventh — and école polytechnique fédérale de lausanne (EPFL) in switzerland — now twelfth. meanwhile among the top ten, the university of california, berkley dropped from sixth to seventh place while the politecnico di milano in italy fell from seventh to tenth. the university of cambridge maintained its position at number nine. see the full list of the QS world university rankings in the subject of architecture.

QS world university rankings lists the top architecture schools of 2021
university college london (UCL) maintains its second place position
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header images: MIT, muzammil soorma | UCL, steve cadman | UT delft, mvrdv | ETH zürich, roland zh | harvard GSD