MIT named No. 1 university worldwide for architecture, No. 2 for art and design

For the third year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for “Architecture/Built Environment” in the latest subject rankings from QS World University Rankings. In “Art and Design,” the Institute ranked No. 2 globally for the second year in a row. Twelve other subject areas at MIT were ranked No. 1: Linguistics; Computer Science and Information Systems; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Chemistry; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Economics.

“This ranking recognizes the excellence of our faculty, students and staff. It also recognizes our unwavering commitment to work together in order to imagine, design and build a better world,” says Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

Of the three years “Architecture/Built Environment” has been assessed by QS as an individual subject area, MIT has been the only institution to hold the No. 1 position.

According to survey sponsor Quacquarelli Symonds, an education organization based in the U.K., the annually published subject area rankings “aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field.” The QS rankings reflect academic reputation, reputation with employers, and research impact. Reputation measurements are based on surveys of academics and employers; the 2017 survey polled 74,651 academics from around the globe, along with 40,643 graduate employers. Research citations amassed by the world’s most comprehensive academic citation database were used as a measure of research impact.

MIT has been ranked as the No. 1 university in the world by QS World University Rankings for five straight years.

The full 2017 QS subject rankings can be found at

More about MIT’s top subject rankings at MIT News.