Housing Design Education


Submission Deadline: September 18, 2013 



Description
The ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award is granted jointly by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects, Housing Knowledge Committee (AIA, HKC) to recognize 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. 

 

Categories
Submissions are invited for two award categories:
  • Excellence in Housing Design Curriculum Award — for an architecture program offering an exemplary program-wide Housing Design Curriculum that provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of housing design through a number of coordinated curricular activities, courses, topics, and programs. Generally, multiple faculty and administrative staff are involved in the implementation and coordination of such programs.
  • Excellence in Housing Education Course or Activity Award — for an architecture program (such as a single studio or seminar course, research activity, or exhibition) that supports housing design pedagogy.

Eligibility
Persons in ACSA member schools who are engaged in teaching may enter one or more submissions relevant to their educational activities. Previous winners in the Housing Design Curriculum Award category must wait two years and make substantial changes to reapply in this award category. Previous winners in the Housing Education Course or Activity Award category may apply each year with new program components. Projects that have previously been recognized by ACSA will not be considered.
 

Criteria
  • Housing Design Curriculum Award judging criteria will be evaluated on the basis of the comprehensiveness, thoughtfulness, and innovativeness of the curriculum approach to education in housing design theory and practice, including the range and quality of learning opportunities provided to students as represented in the submissions. It is anticipated that such a curriculum could address one or more of the following elements: History; Theory and studio pedagogy; Policy, including affordability issues; Community analysis; Site design and selection; Participatory techniques for working with communities and residents; Culturally responsive design; Finance – including proformas, subsidy, underwriting, and tax preference; Codes, zoning and regulatory frameworks; Site, unit, and shared space design; Housing as a component of comprehensive community design; Design for special populations; Social, environmental and economic impacts; Production methods; Building systems; Specifications; Cost estimating; Information resources for designers; Research, including action research; Sustainability; Universal design; Health design. Submissions should not be limited to descriptions of the sequence of courses, but should document the program’s multiple learning opportunities, such as lecture series, service learning programs, community design centers, and certificate programs. Submissions should convey how they address ideas of cultural, social, economical, or environmental sustainability.
  • Housing Education Course or Activity Award judging criteria will be evaluated on the basis of the positive impact of the course or activity on students, the university, or the community. This impact may be found in areas such as the creation of a stimulating environment for learning about housing issues or for stimulating positive outcomes related to housing issues between and among university and community members. Submissions should convey how they address ideas of cultural, social, economical, or environmental sustainability.
 

Submission Documentation
  • Housing Design Curriculum Award — entries must be submitted digitally online in PDF format with a maximum of 15, 8.5x11 pages, including images and appendices, of detailed program description and evaluative material (such as community feedback, documented student outcomes, publicity, etc.). An abstract (not to exceed 300 words) describing the curriculum. A separate PDF file shall include a signed statement/letter from the program’s administrative head verifying all identifying information. All material should remain anonymous (i.e., do not identify the school or any of the participants by name in the written and graphic program material).
  • Housing Education Course or Activity Award — entries should be submitted digitally online, in PDF format with up to 20, 8.5x11 pages. An abstract (not to exceed 300 words) describing the course or activity. All material should remain anonymous (i.e., do not identify the school or any of the participants by name in the written and graphic program material).

All material must be submitted by September 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm ET, online at www.acsa-arch.org and the submitter will need to login the ACSA website in order to submit.
  • Submission Information, completed online during submission;

Name of Candidate(s), Affiliation, Mailing Address, Email, Phone, Fax

  • Title of Project/Program (copy/paste text box);
  • Abstract: (not to exceed 300 words) describing the curriculum or project (copy/paste text box);
  • Supporting Materials (not to exceed a total of 20, 8.5x11 pages, in PDF format): Supporting material or documents illustrating and describing the candidate’s curricular andor activity. (not to exceed a total of 20 pages, in PDF format).

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

Selection & Presentation
Applications will be assessed by a jury composed of two individuals from AIA and two individuals from ACSA, none of who shall be associated with any of submissions. One program will be awarded the Excellence in Housing Design Curriculum and a maximum of three programs will receive the Excellence in Housing Education Course or Activity. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the ACSA/AIA Housing Design Award. Winners will be announced at an Architectural Education Awards Ceremony during the 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, FL 2014.


 

+ Download the complete 2013-2014 ACSA Architecture Awards Program (PDF)
+ Past Recipients


2013-2014 HDE Jurors: 

Mo Zell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee / ACSA
David Hinson, Auburn University / ACSA
Jamie Blosser, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects / AIA