Topaz Medallion

The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded to an individual, living at the time of nomination, who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education on the North American continent.

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Distinguished Professor

To recognize sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service.  
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New Faculty Teaching 

To recognize demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.  
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Creative Achievement

To recognize a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.  
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Diversity Achievement

To recognize the work of faculty, administrators, or students who create effective methods and models for greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically under-represented groups or contexts.  + Learn More


Faculty Design

To provide a venue for work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor.  
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Collaborative Practice

To honor the best practices in school-based community outreach programs.  
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To honor the best practices in school-based design-build projects.  
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Housing Design Edu.

The ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award recognizes the importance of good education in housing design to produce architects ready for practice in a wide range of areas and able to be capable leaders and contributors to their communities.  + Learn More



JAE Best Article

The first award recognizes the best Scholarship of Design article and the second award acknowledges the best Design as Scholarship article for the preceding academic year. All peer-reviewed content published in the journal is eligible.   
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Submission Documentation

View a check-list of submission documentation for all awards.

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Awards Archives

View all past awards winners and awards publications.

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