Our interviews with this year's decision makers in professional practice indicate that they are more positive about the state of architecture education than they were in the 1990s. It helps that many successful practitioners stay involved in teaching. It also makes a difference that professional groups, such as the American Institute of Architects' Large Firm Round Table, are including architecture-school deans in their meetings. Other factors account for the optimism: There is an effort to increase diversity in the makeup of students and educators, and architecture schools are said to be receiving more prominence within the larger university.
Even the students seem to be happy with the quality of education they receive, as shown by the graphics at right.