For Immediate Release: Washington D.C., January 29, 2021 – The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announces the recipients of the 2021 Architectural Education Awards, which honor architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. The award-winning professors inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academia into practice and the public sector.
This year’s recipients are:
AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education Awarded to an individual who has had a significant impact on architectural education and the discipline and practice of architecture.
Kathryn H. Anthony | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Distinguished Professor Award To recognize individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students over an extended period of time and/or teaching which inspired a generation of students who themselves have contributed to the advancement of architecture.
Julio Bermudez | Catholic University of America
Renee Y. Chow | University of California, Berkeley
Bradford Grant | Howard University
Alison Kwok | University of Oregon
Kenneth Schwartz | Tulane University
ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award To recognize demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.
Omar Al-Hassawi | Washington State University
María González Aranguren | University of Virginia
Cathi Ho Schar | University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Diversity Achievement Award Recognizes the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically underrepresented groups or contexts.
From Settler Colonies to Black Utopias: The Dialectics of American Architecture in Black and White Charles Davis | University At Buffalo, SUNY
Diversity Achievement Award Honorable Mention
Women’s Reunion + Symposium Sara Bartumeus Ferre, Marci Uihlein, & Andrea Melgarejo De Berry | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Creative Achievement Award Recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.
Kinesthetic Montage Hong Kong Esther Lorenz | University of Virginia
Waste Matters Nikole Bouchard | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Collaborative Practice Award Established in 1997 by Thomas Dutton and Anthony Schuman 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.
An Atlas of Commoning Stefan Gruber | Carnegie Mellon University
Cultivating the Future: Enabling, Designing, Constructing & Managing a Didactic Garden Hans Herrmann, Cory Gallo, Suzanne Powney, Peter Summerlin, & Lee Carson | Mississippi State University
The Field of Dreams Ecocommunity in Utah Jörg Rügemer | University of Utah
Faculty Design Award Recognizes work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by encouraging outstanding work in architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor.
ALFAMA 2.0 // RE-habilitation // RE-vitalization // RE-structuration // María González Aranguren | University of Virginia
Drawing Fields Erik Herrmann & Ashley Bigham | The Ohio State University
New Investigations in Collective Form Neeraj Bhatia | California College of the Arts (CCA) & Cesar Lopez | University of New Mexico
Faculty Design Honorable Mentions:
All Access John Folan | University of Arkansas and Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) with PROJECT RE_
Expanded Views, With Rooms Megan Panzano | Harvard University
The Ripple Effects – Martin Luther King, Jr. & Coretta Scott King Memorial Julian Bonder | Roger Williams University, Krzysztof Wodiczko & Maryann Thompson | Harvard University, & Walter Hood | University of California, Berkeley
2 Projects in 12 Constraints Felipe Mesa | Arizona State University
Design-Build Award Honors the best practices in school-based design-build projects.
Negotiation Tables John Folan | University of Arkansas and Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS)
Neonomads Patrick Rhodes, Gregory Spaw, & Lamya Al Qassimi | American University of Sharjah
AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Award Recognizes “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership.
Engage-Design-Build Emilie Taylor | Tulane University
Research-Based Design | Arch 563: Building Science Research Topics Corey Griffin | Pennsylvania State University
AIA/ACSA 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.
Cooperative Housing for the 2000-Watt Society – Neighborhoods as Commons Stefan Gruber | Carnegie Mellon University
Neighborhoods for All: Expanding Housing Opportunity in Seattle’s Single-Family Zones Richard Mohler | University of Washington & Bradley Khouri | b9 architects
Re-Live Downtown Pine Bluff Stephen Luoni | University of Arkansas
JAE Best Article Award Recognizing the best article from the Journal of Architectural Education for the preceding academic year.
Best Design as Scholarship Article
Taking Stock Ang Li | Northeastern University
Best Scholarship of Design Article
Beyond Participation: Rethinking Social Design Gabriel Arboleda | Amherst College
Images Doing Work: Construction Photography at the Tuskegee Institute and Black Mountain College Anna Goodman | Portland State University Maura Lucking | University of California, Los Angeles
TAD Research Contribution Award Recognizing the best article from the Technology | Architecture + Design Journal.
Best Article from Volume III
Backyard Housing Boom: New Markets for Affordable Housing and the Role of Digital Technology Alysia Bennett | Monash University Dana Cuff & Gus Wendel | University of California, Los Angeles
Topaz Jury Carol Ross Barney, Illinois Institute of Technology Erin Conti, Illinois Institute of Technology Donna W. Dunay, Virginia Polytechnic Institute Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota Danielle McDonough, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Distinguished Professor Jury Anne Bordeleau, University of Waterloo Thomas Fowler IV, California Polytechnic State University Patricia Belton Oliver, University of Houston
New Faculty Teaching Jury Sharon Haar, University of Michigan Gundula Proksch, University of Washington Annie Ringhofer, University of Kansas Sara Taketatsu, American Institute of Architecture Students
Diversity Achievement Jury Nadia Anderson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Irene Cheng, California College of the Arts Andrew Chin, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Collaborative Practice Jury Aziza Chaouni, University of Toronto Courtney Crosson, University of Arizona Nils Gore, University of Kansas
Housing Design Education Jury R. Denise Everson, American Institute of Architects Peter Keyes, University of Oregon Anne-Marie Lubenau, Rudy Bruner Award Tricia Stuth, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Creative Achievement Jury Robert A. González, University of New Mexico Kelly Bair, University of Illinois at Chicago Peter Aeschbacher, Pennsylvania State University
Faculty Design Jury Jeff Day, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Mimi Sullivan, Academy of Art University Marc Swackhamer, University of Colorado Denver
Design-Build Jury Jörg Rügemer, University of Utah Bradford Watson, Montana State University Christopher Trumble, University of Arizona
Practice & Leadership Jury Patricia Andrasik, Catholic University of America Coleman Coker, University of Texas at Austin Roderick Fluker, Tuskegee University Antje Steinmuller, California College of the Arts
JAE Best Article Award Jury JAE Editorial Board ACSA Board of Directors
TAD Research Contribution Award Jury TAD Editorial Board ACSA Board of Directors
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About the AIA Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and businesses. The AIA engages with civic and government leaders, as well as with the public, to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Visit www.aia.org.
About the AIAS The American Institute of Architecture Students is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of architectural education. For more information, visit aias.org or call (202) 808-0075.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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