2024 Practice and Leadership Award

To discover and recognize “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership.

An AIA/ACSA Award.

Deadline: September 27, 2023


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to join together for the Practice and Leadership award, which will recognize “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership.


The award recognizes excellence in architecture education as demonstrated in classroom, studio, and/or community work, or in courses offered in various educational settings. Submission should show evidence of exceptional and innovative courses, initiatives, or programs that:

  • Deal with issues associated with the practice of architecture, including management, advocacy, and acting legally, ethically and critically for the good of the client, society and the public; and
  • promote models of excellence that can be appropriated by other educators.

All courses, initiatives, or programs completed within the last five years (since January 1, 2018) and that have not previously received an ACSA Award are eligible for consideration. Courses may be from a pre-professional, first professional, or post-professional program offered in ACSA full-member and candidate-member schools.

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 September 27, 2023, online at www.acsa-arch.org 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 (www.acsa-arch.org);
  • Project Title: The course title along with a brief description of how the course is positioned within the curriculum (required course /elective course, level, etc.);
  • Abstract: 300 word Abstract explaining the nature of the profiled assignment / project;
  • Letter of Nomination: A letter explaining the reasons for the nomination according to the established criteria, not to exceed one page (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);
  • Supporting Material: Illustrating or describing the nominee’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).
  • The student learning outcomes around which the course / assignment is designed, and a description of the evaluation methods used to assess student learning outcomes.
  • The dates the course was offered, level and number of students to whom it was offered, degree program setting of the course (B.Arch. M.Arch I, Post-professional; etc.)

  • 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