University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

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The University of Cincinnati College of Design
Design as a noun informally refers to a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system while “to design” refers to making this plan...

, Architecture
Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural and political symbols and as works of art...

, Art, and Planning
Urban planning
Urban planning incorporates areas such as economics, design, ecology, sociology, geography, law, political science, and statistics to guide and ensure the orderly development of settlements and communities....

, commonly referred to as DAAP, is a college
A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of an educational institution. Usage varies in English-speaking nations...

 of the University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a comprehensive public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio....

. Located in the university's main campus in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located to north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border, near Indiana. The population within city limits is 296,943 according to the 2010 census, making it Ohio's...

, DAAP is consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious design schools in the U.S. and the world. The University of Cincinnati was also the only public school listed in I.D. Magazine
I.D. (magazine)
I.D. was a magazine covering the art, business and culture of design. It was published eight times a year by F+W Media....

's list of the top ten design schools worldwide.

For 2005, the graduate architecture
Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural and political symbols and as works of art...

 program was ranked second in the nation after Harvard and ranked as the most innovative architecture program in the nation. Two of "The New York Five
The New York Five
The New York Five refers to a group of five New York City architects whose work appeared in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition organized by Arthur Drexler in 1967, and the subsequent book Five Architects in 1972.These five had a common allegiance to a pure form of architectural modernism, harkening...

" architects attended the University of Cincinnati: Michael Graves
Michael Graves
Michael Graves is an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has become a household name with his designs for domestic products sold at Target stores in the United States....

 and John Hejduk
John Hejduk
John Quentin Hejduk , was an American architect, artist and educator who spent much of his life in New York City, USA...

 (though Hejduk did not ultimately graduate from the program).

In 2008, the interior design
Interior design
Interior design describes a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an effective setting for the range of human activities are to take place there. An interior designer is someone who conducts such projects...

 program was ranked first in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools,", published by DesignIntelligence. New to the list in 2006 was the school's industrial design
Industrial design
Industrial design is the use of a combination of applied art and applied science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of a product, but it may also be used to improve the product's marketability and production...

 program ranking at No. 2, besting the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and second only to the prestigious Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design is a private college located in Pasadena, California, and was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. The college’s industrial design program is consistently ranked number one by both DesignIntelligence and U.S...

 in California. The combination of these three top-ranking disciplines gave the college of DAAP the title as the Best Art College in the nation.

The college is also known for having the only School of Planning in the U.S. to have accredited programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels. Born out of the School of Architecture in 1961, their postgraduate degrees have been ranked at near the top in the Midwest as well as in the top 20 nationwide.

The college is distinguished for its mandatory co-operative education program, which was first conceived at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering
University of Cincinnati College of Engineering
The College of Engineering and Applied Science is the engineering and applied science college of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the birthplace of the cooperative education program and still holds the largest public mandatory cooperative education program at a public...

 in 1906. Students alternate between working as paid employees in design firms and attending classes, giving them experience that enables them to easily enter the workplace after graduation. Students are required to spend a certain amount of time in the workplace, usually adding up to several years of job experience, before they are able to graduate. This extends most of the programs that would normally be four-year programs into five or more years.


The college is housed in a facility consisting of four buildings: Alms, the Wolfson Center for Environmental Design, DAA addition, and the newest addition, the Aronoff Center. It was designed by Peter Eisenman
Peter Eisenman
Peter Eisenman is an American architect. Eisenman's professional work is often referred to as formalist, deconstructive, late avant-garde, late or high modernist, etc...

 and opened in 1996. The building ties together older buildings from 1952, 1956, and 1972.


  • School of Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Fashion Product Development
    • Graphic Communication Design (Graphic Design & Digital Design tracks)
    • Industrial Design (Design track/Transportation track) - #1 in the nation, and MSD #2 in the nation.

  • School of Architecture and Interior Design
    • Architecture (BS
      Bachelor of Science
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      , MArch
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      , MSArch, & PhD in Architecture)-#6 in the nation
    • Interior Design #1 in the nation
  • School of Art
    • Art History
    • Fine Arts
    • Postgraduate:
      • Art Education
      • Art History
      • Fine Arts
      • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • School of Planning
    • Urban Planning
    • Urban Studies
    • Postgraduate:
      • Community Planning
      • Regional Development Planning (PhD
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  • Horticulture
    • Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
    • Certificates in Horticulture, Landscape Design, and Turfgrass and Grounds Management

Student groups

  • American Institute of Architecture Students
    • The American Institute of Architecture Students
      American Institute of Architecture Students
      The American Institute of Architecture Students is an international organization for college-level students of architecture. It is the primary membership and advocacy organization for architecture students in the United States. It is modeled roughly on the professional association called the...

       is a national group dedicated to services interests for architecture students at universities nationwide. A student chapter is maintained in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning to provide early association with the professional parent group, and permit participation in architectural activities on both a local and national basis. Lectures by practicing architects and designers, discussion groups, visits to conferences, exhibitions, and important building sites are some of the chapter's yearly activities.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
    American Institute of Graphic Arts
    AIGA is an American professional organization for design. Organized in 1914, AIGA currently has more than 22,000 members throughout 66 chapters and more than 200 student groups nationwide...

    • The AIGA student group is an organization of ambitious designers who are focused on promoting design awareness and excellence. The group's obtainable objectives are creating a design mentoring program, as well as hosting prominent designers from across the country to lecture at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Alpha Rho Chi
    Alpha Rho Chi
    Alpha Rho Chi is a professional co-educational college fraternity for students studying architecture and related professions. The fraternity's name is derived from the first three letters of the Greek word for architecture, αρχιτεκτονική.-Founding:...

    • Alpha Rho Chi is a co-educational professional fraternity for students who are in the Architecture field, an allied field, or have a great interest in either of the two.
  • DAAP Union
    • Membership in the DAAP Union is open to all undergraduate DAAP students. The Union serves to stimulate, coordinate, and sponsor various student activities. It also provides liaison with the Student Senate of the university and with the college faculty and administration through representation on many college committees.
  • Fashion Design Student Association
    • Design students join this organization to promote social and professional activities with students at UC and in other schools, to sponsor programs and lectures, and to participate in community and professional activities.
  • Fine Arts Association
    • The Fine Arts Association is an artists' organization, structured specifically to give undergraduate School of Art students a forum for the exploration and exhibition of their individual and shared expression. The FAA offers opportunities for development as an artist through the exchange of ideas as well as a chance for young artists to show their work. Through association sponsorship, the FAA provides a means for students to see shows at a distance from Cincinnati.
  • Industrial Designers Society of America
    Industrial Designers Society of America
    Industrial Designers Society of America is an organization of professional industrial designers primarily in the United States. Recently IDSA has started chapters in Canada and in China...

    • The purposes of this student group are to further professional knowledge, to encourage contact (social and professional) with fellow students at the University of Cincinnati and other schools, and to sponsor programs and industrial design activities not otherwise provided in the classroom.
  • International Interior Design Association
    International Interior Design Association
    The International Interior Design Association is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 members in ten specialty forums, and twenty-nine chapters around the world. IIDA is committed to enhancing quality of life through excellence in interior design...

    • A student chapter is maintained in the college to project and maintain artistic and ethical concepts of the interior design profession on an apprentice level, to promote high standards in public relations and design integrity, and to train for eventual professional practice. Guest speakers and designers assist in the chapter's yearly program.
  • Planning Student Organization
    • This organization provides better communication among students in the School of Planning, and gives students a vehicle to participate in planning events on both a local and national level.
  • Students for Ecological Design [SED]
    • SED was created to bring together and transmit knowledge between a collective of people interested in the education, promotion, and implementation of environmentally focused design. Specific goals include: promoting sustainable design education, sponsoring student participation in workshops and conferences, and playing an active role in applying these ideas throughout the community.

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