2024 Faculty Design Award

To provide a venue for work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching by recognizing and encouraging creative design and design investigation in architecture and related environmental design fields and by promoting work that expands the boundaries of design through, for example but not limited to, formal investigations, innovative design process, addressing justice, working with communities, advancing sustainable practices, fostering resilience, and/or centering the human experience.

Deadline: September 27, 2023


Submissions that represent investigations advancing and broadening the general understanding of the discipline of architecture are invited. This program will recognize built and unbuilt work and carefully consider efforts that reflect upon practice, design’s role in society, and research. Following are the three assessment criteria to be used by the jury.

  • The work expands the boundaries of design.
  • The work exhibits creativity, originality, and innovation.
  • The submission shows evidence of links to a broader context through which to understand the work and its impact.

Faculty members in ACSA full- and candidate-member schools may enter one or more submissions on different subject matters relevant to their academic activities and completed while in a faculty role. Prior publication does not affect eligibility. Projects must have been completed after January 2018, to be eligible for consideration. Projects that have previously been recognized by ACSA will not be considered.

Submission Documentation

Entries must consist of high-quality digital graphic material and text, maximum of 1000 words, submitted through the online system by the nominee in PDF format with up to 20, 8.5″ x 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 information:

  • Project Title.
  • Primary Author(s): Names & Affiliations.
  • Other Contributors: Names & Affiliations.
  • Authorship Information: Brief statement explaining the roles of Other Contributors (including students) in the project.
  • Date for Project Completion: Project must have been completed after January 1, 2018, to be eligible for consideration.
  • Abstract: (not to exceed 300 words) describing the project and how it contributes to the discourse of design (copy/paste text box).
  • Supporting Material: Documents illustrating or describing the project (not to exceed a total of 20, 8.5″ x 11″ pages with a maximum of 1000 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, except those fields where author and contributor information is sought (which will not be included in the jury review). Credits may be concealed by any simple means. Do not conceal identity and location of project.


jury of five individuals, appointed by the ACSA Board of Directors, shall review nominations and recommend winners. A maximum of four awards will be made in any year. Winners will be presented with a certificate of merit and will have the opportunity to present their work at the ACSA Annual Meeting.

2024 FD Award Jurors

María González Aranguren
University of Virginia

Pavlina Ilieva
Morgan State University

Marcelo López-Dinardi
Texas A&M University

Nicole McIntosh
Architecture Office

Felipe Mesa
Arizona State University

  • 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.

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator
tel: 202-785-2324
email: ehernandez@acsa-arch.org

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs
tel: 202-785-2324
email: eellis@acsa-arch.org