MIT named No. 1 university worldwide for architecture/built environment, No. 4 for art and design

For the fourth year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for “Architecture/Built Environment” in the subject rankings from QS World University Rankings for 2018. In “Art and Design,” the Institute ranked No. 4 globally. 

“The world acknowledges our leadership in the fields of architecture, built environment, art, and design. We must be doing something right!” said Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. 

“Congratulations to all for a well-deserved recognition. Such sustained leadership in such a broad array of fields for a small school is no doubt very impressive, but it should not mean that we keep doing everything as we have done it now that we have been recognized for it. One thing we should keep doing is push further toward new frontiers of learning and research. That is how we got here in the first place.” 

According to J. Meejin Yoon, professor and head of the Department of Architecture, “The breadth, depth and impact of the collective work we do at MIT Architecture is unparalleled. Its deep commitment to scholarship, research, and design continues to push the discipline and the world forward.”

MIT has been rated as the No. 1 university in the world by QS World University Rankings for six straight years. In 2018 the Institute was placed within the top 5 in 19 of 48 subject areas, including 12 No. 1 subject rankings: Architecture/Built Environment; Linguistics; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.   

Quacquarelli Symonds Limited subject rankings, published annually, are designed to help prospective students find the leading schools in their field of interest. Rankings cover 48 disciplines and are based on an institute’s research quality and accomplishments, academic reputation, and graduate employment. To compile subject rankings in 2018, QS surveyed 75,015 academics worldwide and gathered responses from 40,455 employers.

For more about MIT’s top subject rankings, see MIT News.

The full 2018 QS subject rankings can be found at


1: Jasmine Kwak, MArch '15 | Thesis: Living Large
2: Grisha Enikopolov, MArch '17 | Thesis: Dispatches from the Transient City
3: Mary Lynch-Lloyd, Ching Ying Ngan, Maya Shopova, MArch '18 | Thesis: Collective Home Office