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Parsons Programs Top National Rankings

At the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, students from the School of Constructed Environments collaborated with Carnegie Fabrics to create an experimental installation that explored textiles as soft structures. The installation, an overhead canopy composed of simply folded fabric pyramids, was constructed of Xorel, a Cradle-to-Cradle textile invented by the company. Photo by Martin Seck.

It seems things are particularly well arranged in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, the nation’s only integrated school of Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting Design and Product Design. Design Intelligence and Azure Magazine are both singing its praises.

Design Intelligence ranked Parsons’ MFA Interior Design program #4 in the nation, and the BFA Interior Design ranked #8. Design Intelligence also ranked Parsons’ Master of Architecture program as one of the top ten graduate programs in the Eastern United States.

Plaudits were not entirely confined to the editors of Design Intelligence. Azure ranked our Interior Design and Product Design programs as among the best in North America. With respect to Product Design at Parsons, Azure states that the school encourages its students to “develop a range of abilities in aesthetics, materials and fabrication and to learn about sustainability and ethical considerations.” For the Interior Design program, the magazine says Parsons “prepares its grads for the ever-changing industry with research-intensive courswork and and rigourous group projects where students collaborate closely with instructors to develop culturally sensitive design concepts.”

These rankings come on the heels of similar high marks from Business Insider, an influential Silicon Alley publication, which ranked Parsons one of the top five design schools in the world.


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