Deadline: September 27, 2023
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.
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, 8.5×11 pages, no more than 20MB. All material must be submitted by September 27, 2023, online at www.acsa-arch.org 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 (www.acsa-arch.org);
- Project Title;
- 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, 8.5×11 pages with a maximum of 750 words, in PDF format, no more than 20MB).
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.
- All materials for nominations and submissions must be uploaded online in one complete package. Any incomplete documentation will not be accepted.
- Projects that have previously been recognized by ACSA will not be considered.
- In support of the American Institute of Architecture Students’ (AIAS) resolution on unpaid interns, ACSA does not allow partners of firms who do not pay their interns, in accordance with all applicable laws, to submit work for ACSA publications or to receive ACSA awards. (Intern refers to those individuals participating in IDP or equivalent required training and includes working students.) Nomination or submission to the ACSA Awards Program constitutes your understanding of this agreement.
- Current ACSA Board of Directors members may not submit nominating or supporting letters.
- Award winners are expected to register and attend the the ACSA Annual Meeting.
- By submitting your project, you certify that you have granted ACSA permission to use all graphics included.
Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs