Texas A&M produces some of the nation’s most highly sought architecture graduates and is home to Rodney Hill, one of the most admired design educators, according to new lists released by DesignIntelligence, a company dedicated to the business success of built environment-related firms.
Texas A&M ranked fifth on DesignIntelligence’s “Architecture Schools Most Hired From by Firms,” a list of schools with similar-sized graduating classes. Last year, Texas A&M was ranked twelfth.
“The talented graduates of Texas A&M are hired by firms across the world because they are well trained and ready for leadership,” said Dawn Jourdan, executive associate dean of the College of Architecture. “They are particularly sought after because they value an interdisciplinary approach and understand their role in the development process.”
The rankings are compiled each year from a survey of architecture deans and chairs, hiring professionals and students to evaluate programs on their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice.
DesignIntelligence’s list of the ten “Most Admired Architecture Educators,” included Rodney Hill, a 50-year member of the College of Architecture faculty, who ranked seventh.
“Few have influenced the lives of as many design students as Professor Rodney Hill,” said Jordan. “A master teacher, Rodney has shaped architectural education for more than 50 years. He is a pioneer in the development of tools that inspire creativity in design thinking.”
Hill is a presidential professor and Piper Professor of Teaching Excellence. He holds the Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship of Architecture and teaches in both the architecture and visualization departments.
Specializing in social and behavioral factors in architecture, Hill is a futurist and is a sought-after speaker in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
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