FEEDBACK REQUESTED: 2021 Design Intelligence Survey

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Dear colleagues, alumni, and friends, 

For over 20 years, Design Intelligence has conducted their annual survey of hiring professionals. I write to ask for your participation in this year’s survey. If you are a person in your firm who hires architects, interior designers, and/or landscape architects, you are invited to share your experiences and perspectives.

These annual rankings assess architecture and design programs on their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice.  During the last ranking cycle, Gibbs College’s Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design programs were among the top ranked programs. Learn more here.

If you hire in more than one discipline we invite you to complete a survey for each discipline for which you hire. Please note that the survey will close on Friday, August 6th, 2021.

Please use the following links to access the surveys: 

  • Architecture Survey: Click here
  • Interior Design Survey: Click here
  • Landscape Architecture Survey: Click here

About the Surveys
Each survey requires about 15-20 minutes of your time and can be completed in more than one sitting should you need to exit and return to complete it at a later time. The responding party must be in a leadership position qualified to hire employees. If you are not qualified to complete the survey on your firm’s behalf, we ask that you forward it to the appropriate person in your firm. Individual responses will be kept confidential, but a listing of all responding firms may be published. 

Results will be published on the DesignIntelligence website in Fall 2021. 

If you have questions or comments you may contact Design Intelligence Senior Research staff member Mary Pereboom at

Thank you for your thoughtful, honest and confidential participation.

Keeping up with Gibbs College

I invite you to read on for highlights about what makes a Gibbs College design education stand out.


Hans E. Butzer, Architect, AIA, AK NW, LEED AP

Dean and A. Blaine Imel, Jr. Professor
Mabrey Presidential Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture
The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

The Gibbs College Promise

At Gibbs College, our design programs are moving and shaking. We work hard to make sure our Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students have access to a nationally competitive education. From collaborating across disciplines to engage local communities, to ensuring our students have access to the best possible instructors, to exploring Italy and beyond, we’re always looking for ways to elevate the University of Oklahoma student experience. Read on for highlights!

Dean Butzer’s Favorite Things

Learn what Dean Butzer loves about Gibbs College, including students’ incredible creativity, OU scholarship support and our caring community!

Our Exceptional Legacy

Gibbs College students have the opportunity to stand on the shoulder of giants, including Bruce Goff, Herb Greene, and others.

Imagining the Future

Our design studios provide cutting-edge experiences for our students to imagine the future of design and our built environments, including this recent Hyperloop Station project.

Engaging Communities

Our students partner with local communities and organizations, like the National African American Jazz Museum, to provide design services and gain real-world experience.

Mentoring Professionals

We make sure to connect our students with high performing professionals so they’re ready to succeed in the design professions. Recently, we hosted an immigrant architect panel.

Training Communicators

Gibbs College graduates have excellent design and verbal communication skills. Meet recent landscape architecture graduate Haley Powell to learn what she loves about her degree program.

Recruiting Excellent Faculty

We recruit excellent faculty from around the U.S. and beyond, like landscape architect Dr. Wenwen Cheng, to make sure Gibbs College students can learn from the brightest practitioners and researchers today.

Exploring Design + Neuroscience

Our students have the opportunity to research with world-class design faculty like Dr. Tiziana Proietti on boundary pushing work that looks explores the connections between architecture and neuroscience.