New Faculty Teaching Award

To recognize demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.


Deadline: TBA


ACSA and AIAS are jointly sponsoring the award to recognize outstanding teaching abilities exhibited by faculty with a maximum of 10 academic semesters or 15 quarters of full-time teaching experience.


Faculty must teach at an ACSA full-member and candidate-member school, which has an established AIAS or CASA chapter in good standing. Faculty members who have already received tenure are not eligible for this award. Any faculty member, administrator, AIAS or CASA member at an ACSA full-member and candidate-member school may nominate a candidate for the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.

Nomination Documentation

All materials are to be submitted through the online system by the nominator or nominee; once the nomination is finalized all parties will receive a confirmation email. The résumé and supporting letters are best uploaded as PDF documents. The supporting material (portfolio) must not exceed a total of 20, 8.5×11 pages and be submitted in PDF format, no more than 20MB. All material must be submitted by TBA, online at and the submitter will need to log into the ACSA website in order to submit. Previous recipients are ineligible for this award.

Each submission shall contain the following information:

  • Nomination Information, completed online during submission (;
  • Candidate Name;
  • Short Bio: No more than a 300-word bio;
  • Letter of Nomination: A letter explaining the reasons for the nomination according to the established criteria, not to exceed one page (PDF format);
  • Curated Résumé: A curated résumé of the candidate summarizing his or her career, no more than 10 pages. (PDF format);
  • Supporting Letters: No more than three supporting letters (in addition to the letter of nomination) from colleagues and/or students commenting upon the significance of the specific achievements of the candidate (no more than 1 page each in separate PDF format);
  • Teaching Verification Letter: A letter from the dean/chair of the nominee’s university, verifying the nominee has a maximum of 10 academic semesters or 15 quarters of full-time teaching experience (no more than 1 page in PDF format);
  • Supporting Material: Illustrating or describing the candidate’s achievements, which would include teaching evaluations, syllabi, or student work (not to exceed a total of 20, 8.5×11 pages, in PDF format, no more than 20MB).
  • 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

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs
tel: 202-785-2324