Posted: January 29, 2021

Winners Announced for 2021 Architectural Education Awards


ACSA Announces 2021 Architectural Education Awards

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Architectural Education 

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)

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.

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

Best Micronarrative

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

This year’s jury included:

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

About the ACSA
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA has grown to represent over 200 schools in several membership categories, including full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools with two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 6,000 architecture faculty are represented. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues, including journals, scholarly meetings, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.

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

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 or call (202) 808-0075.


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