Collaborative Practice

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2019

Established in 1997 by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, this award honors best practices in university-based and community engaged programs. This award was proposed by Thomas Dutton and Anthony Schuman as a means to recognize ACSA’s commitment to community partnerships in which faculty, students and neighborhood citizens are valued equally and that aim to address issues of social injustice through design. As Tom Dutton’s work in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati demonstrates, collaborative and community engaged design education can have transformative impacts upon both students and citizens. The Collaborative Practice is awarded annually to innovative and sustained initiatives that extend design education beyond the classroom and into communities.

This ACSA award recognizes programs that demonstrate how faculty, students, community groups, and/or civic clients, can work to realize common objectives. Participation by professional practitioners and colleagues from other academic disciplines is encouraged.
          •Architecture •Landscape •Interior •Planning •Industrial •Urban
Collaborative projects and practice can encompass a variety of endeavors, including but not limited to: new construction, rehabilitation, open space planning, zoning and regulatory reform, community engaged research initiatives, and the development of new institutions or social processes.

Persons in ACSA full-member and candidate-member schools who are primarily engaged in teaching may enter one or more submissions relevant to their educational activities. Projects that have previously been recognized by ACSA will not be considered.

Submission Documentation
Submissions must explain the nature of the collaboration and demonstrate what students learned and how the community benefited. Entries must consist of high-quality digital graphic material and text, maximum of 750 words, submitted through the online system by the nominee in PDF format with up to 20, 8.5x11 pages. All material must be submitted by September 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm EDT, online at and the submitter will need to log into the ACSA website in order to submit.

Each submission shall contain the following:

  • Submission Information, completed online during submission (;
  • Abstract: (not to exceed 300 words) describing the nature of the collaboration including what students learned and how the community benefited (copy/paste text box);
  • Supporting Material: Documents illustrating or describing the project (not to exceed a total of 20, 8.5x11 pages with a maximum of 750 words, in PDF format).

To maintain anonymity, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any part of the submission. Credits may be concealed by any simple means. Do not conceal identity and location of the project.

Selection & Presentation
The ACSA Awards Committee shall recommend to the ACSA board for approval no more than four projects for this award per year. The Committee, in any year, may choose not to bestow the Collaborative Practice Award. ACSA shall present recipients with a certificate during the ACSA Annual Meeting and recipients will have the opportunity to present their work.


+ 2020 Architectural Awards Program
Past Recipients

2020 CP Jurors
June Williamson (Chair), City College of New York
María Arquero de Alarcón, University of Michigan
Erin Moore, University of Oregon