How does institutional structure affect how architecture programs fare in budget decisions? For this chart, we categorized ACSA’s full and Canadian member schools based on the number of administrative levels that sit between the entire institution and the department or program level that includes only the discipline of architecture.
The results show a marked difference in total budget changes between stand-alone programs (i.e., those not nested within larger multi-disciplinary colleges or schools) and programs within multi-disciplinary units. Over 80% of programs teaching only architecture saw total budget increases. Half of these reported large increases of more than +15%. On the other hand, among schools and departments where architecture programs have two or three administrative levels above them, fewer than 40% reported a total budget increase. This is true even though the colleges, faculties, and special focus institutions were more likely than their counterparts to see drops in enrollment this year.