Originally Posted by Cirrus
True enough, but it is certainly also true that if you want to learn how to design classical buildings, most American architecture schools will not teach you. Most are dogmatically anti-classical when it comes to designing new buildings.
Any education that focuses exclusively on the exterior properties of classicism without teaching use of space and other important programmatic elements would indeed be a terrible education, but that does not mean OP's question wasn't a valid one, nor that the few schools out there that are pro-classicism in the way the majority are pro-modernism are inherently failing to teach those additional topics.
Actually I will disagree with you here (well actually it really isnt a disagree, more like an added point I guess), I think there are alot of schools that still teach more classical elements of architecture. Take the 9 square grid, if a program starts out with lessons like that in architecture, it is safe to say that school still practices older methods of teaching. But I think overall, it is hard to say any one school is focused in any one direction because it is also up to the different types of faculty that the department has...but there are givens, I expect to see a certain style of teaching at schools like SciArc, where you can usually spot that school's work a mile away.
All architecture programs have to adhere to the rules of the AIA, which right now all schools are changing over to teach more sustainability within architecture, but that doesnt mean the geometry and the rules of space have to be ignored...actually, I am a strong supporter not in any one style, but how space works with the human body and mind. Though I am also a huge supporter of renovation over tearing down.