May 9, 2024

ACSA Announces 2024 Cohort for the Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION


2024 Cohort for the Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION

For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C. May 9, 2024 The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee, in partnership with The OpEd Project and the University of Southern California, Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication, are pleased to announce the 2024 Cohort for the Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION.

This cohort includes twelve architecture faculty members whose research intersects with climate action or climate justice and is intended to help them impact conversations that affect everyone. They will participate in The OpEd Project’s virtual “Write to Change the World” workshops, connecting participants with diverse identities, voices, and ideas. Cohort members will also join a series of climate training modules led by the USC, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, focusing on storytelling, media, terminology, and more.

The 2024 cohort for the Academy for the Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION includes: 

Sarah Bolivar of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,

Ifeoma Ebo of City College of New York,

Jeff Fugate of the University of Kentucky,

Sarah Gamble of the University of Florida,

Michelle Laboy of Northeastern University,

Ryan Ludwig of Roger Williams University,

Zannah Matson of the University of Colorado Boulder,

Ceara O’Leary of the University of Detroit Mercy,

Gundula Proksch of the University of Washington,

Deepa Ramaswamy of the University of Houston,

James Wasley of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and

Kenny Wong of the University of Arizona.

The cohort will present participating faculty with an extended training opportunity to expand the impact of their research and scholarship beyond the academy. After the workshop, cohort members will have up to three months of access to The OpEd Project’s Mentor-Editor network to get individualized feedback on their op-ed drafts to double their chances of publishing success. By the end of the training, cohort members are expected to complete the workshops and submit an op-ed for publication in a local, regional, or national newspaper.

The Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment reflects the work of the 2023-2024 ACSA Research and Scholarship Committee which has been charged to expand the impact of scholarship on climate action in built environments.

2023–2024 ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee Members:

José Ibarra, University of Colorado Denver (Chair)
Timothy O. Adekunle, University of Utah (TAD Board Member)
Ian Caine, University of Texas at San Antonio
Martha Campbell, RMI (ACSA Public Director)
Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University (ACSA At-Large Director)
José L.S. Gámez, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (ACSA 2nd Vice President)
Shawhin Roudbari, University of Colorado Boulder (JAE Board Member)
Staff: Eric W. Ellis, ACSA Senior Director of Operations and Programs

+ Learn More about the 2024 Cohort for the Academy for Public Scholarship on the Built Environment: CLIMATE ACTION.

About the ACSA
The mission of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is to lead architectural education and research. Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of over 200 member schools in several categories. These include 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 for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented.

ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.

ACSA seeks to empower faculty and schools to educate increasingly diverse students, expand disciplinary impacts, and create knowledge for the advancement of architecture.

About the OpEd Project
The OpEd Project is a global thought leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices. They are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources, and connections.

About the USC Annenberg, Center for Climate Journalism and Communication
The USC Annenberg Center for Climate Journalism and Communication empowers journalists and other communicators to tell stories about climate change. The Climate Center does this through training that amplifies science, elevates communities, and engages audiences.


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