January 27, 2023

Winners Announced for 2023 Architectural Education Awards


Faculty Recognized for
Excellence in Architectural Education

For Immediate Release:
Washington D.C., January 27, 2023 – The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announces the recipients of the 2023 Architectural Education Awards, which honor architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. The award-winning professors inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academia into practice and the public sector. 

This year’s recipients are: 

AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion 

Awarded to an individual who has had significant impact upon architectural education and the discipline and practice of architecture.

Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA | Parsons School of Design

Distinguished Professor Award

Recognizes individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students.

Linda N. Groat | University of Michigan
Kent Kleinman | Brown University
Thomas Leslie | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Iowa State University
Joanna Lombard | University of Miami
Peter MacKeith | University of Arkansas

AIAS/ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award

Recognizes demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.

Part-Time Faculty
Evan Shieh | New York Institute of Technology/Parsons School of Design

Full-Time Faculty
Shawn Bailey | University of Manitoba
César A. Lopez | University of New Mexico

Full-Time Faculty Honorable Mention
Zahra Safaverdi | Texas Tech University

Diversity Achievement Award

Recognizes the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically under-represented groups or contexts.

Design as a Tool to Develop Social Agency: Proyecto Volcadero
Milagros Zingoni | University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Oriana Gil Perez | Arizona State University
Oriana Venti & Sonia Garcia | Universidad de Oriente

Diversity Achievement Award Honorable Mention

Building Equality(ies) in Architecture North – BEA(N)
Shannon Bassett | Laurentian University

Diversity Achievement Award Honorable Mention

Drawing Out Stories – Building Up Diversity
Dr. Jill Bambury, MRAIC | University of Hartford

Creative Achievement Award

Recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.

Site, Matter, Ecology, and Indigenous Storywork
Adrian Phiffer | University of Toronto 

Reenvisioning Everyday Architecture: Experiments in Visual Mapping and Hybrid Media
Aki Ishida | Virginia Tech 

Subjective Waters
Curry Hackett | University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Collaborative Practice Award

Established in 1997 by Thomas Dutton and Anthony Schuman 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.

Deconstructing Blight
John Folan | University of Arkansas and Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS)

Five Points Alley: Crafting Community Through Full-Scale Prototyping
Terry Boling | University of Cincinnati 

The Power of Place and Social Production: building a sustainable community through design and technology in Westside Neighborhood – English Avenue
Julie Ju-Youn Kim | Georgia Institute of Technology 

Environmental Justice at Bayview-Hunters Point
Margaret Ikeda & Evan Jones | California College of the Arts (CCA)

Faculty Design Award

Recognizes 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.

Four Dioramas
Neyran Turan | University of California, Berkeley

John Folan | University of Arkansas and Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS)

CloudHouse Shade Pavilion
Iman Fayyad | Syracuse University

Faculty Design Award Honorable Mention

The Bronzeville Action Coalition: A Model for a Distributed Urban Commons
Neeraj Bhatia | California College of the Arts (CCA)
César A. Lopez | University of New Mexico

Design-Build Award

Honors the best practices in school-based design-build projects.

Stadium Rowhouses: Macro to Micro
Mary Hardin | University of Arizona

Omaha Mobile Stage
Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Circular Chromatics: Biomaterial Invention through Research-Build
Kyle Schumann | University of Virginia

The LivingRoom: A prototype outdoor classroom and learning garden
Hans Herrmann, Cory Gallo, Abbey Wallace & Suzanne Powney | Mississippi State University

AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Award

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

Clipper Academy: ARCH517
Douglas Noble & Karen Kensek | University of Southern California

AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award

Recognizes the importance of good education in housing design to produce architects ready for practice in a wide range of areas and able to be capable leaders and contributors to their communities.

Housing America: Architecture’s Social Agenda at the Center of Pedagogy
Tricia Stuth, Ted Shelton, Clayton Adkisson & William Rosenthal | University of Tennessee-Knoxville

AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award Honorable Mention

The New Attainable House
Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA & Frank Ordia | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

JAE Article Awards

The Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) Award was instituted in 1985 and is now given annually for outstanding peer-reviewed articles published in the Essay, Design, Narrative, and Image categories during the preceding academic year.

Essay Award
A ‘Holding Place’: An Indigenous Typology to Mediate Hospital Care
Janet McGaw, Alasdair Vance & Uncle Herb Patten | University of Melbourne

Design Essay Award
Equity & Dignity by Design: Co-creating Guidelines with Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers
Deborah Richards & Angela M. Person | University of Oklahoma

Narrative Award
Reframing Stories: A Woman and Her Building at the Dawn of the Mexican Revolution
Tania Gutiérrez-Monroy | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

TAD Research Contribution Award

Recognizes outstanding peer-reviewed research published in the Technology | Architecture + Design Journal. 

Article from Volume V
On GANs, NLP and Architecture: Combining Human and Machine Intelligences for the Generation and Evaluation of Meaningful Designs
Jeffrey Huang, Mikhael Johanes, Frederick Chando Kim, Christina Doumpioti & Georg-Christoph Holz  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)

This year’s jury included:

Topaz Jury

Karen Lu, Snow Kreilich Architects
Igor Marjanović, Rice University
Cooper Moore, AIAS
Kirk Narburgh, King + King Architects
Jennifer Yoos, University of Minnesota

Distinguished Professor Jury
Patricia Belton Oliver, University of Houston
Lisa Findley, California College of the Arts
Robert Gonzalez, University of New Mexico
Alison Kwok, University of Oregon
Stephen Luoni, University of Arkansas

New Faculty Teaching Jury
Nicole Bass, American Institute of Architecture Students
Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University
Cathi Ho Schar, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Irene Vu, American Institute of Architecture Students

Diversity Achievement Jury
Catherine Hamel, University of Calgary
Karen Kubey, Pratt Institute
Kiwana McClung, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Collaborative Practice Jury
Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University
Hans Herrmann, Mississippi State University
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Virginia Tech

Housing Design Education Jury
Patricia Andrasik, The Catholic University of America
Ming Hu, University of Maryland
Richard Mohler, University of Washington
Antje Steinmuller, California College of the Arts

Creative Achievement Jury
Marcelo López-Dinardi, Texas A&M University
Maria Paz Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley
Rosalyne Shieh, MIT Architecture

Faculty Design Jury
Judith De Jong, University of Illinois at Chicago
Miguel Guitart, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Catherine Hamel, University of Calgary
Seung Ra, Oklahoma State University
Ulysses Sean Vance, Temple University

Design-Build Jury
Peter Aeschbacher, Pennsylvania State University
Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University
Jason Griffiths, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Practice & Leadership Jury
Suzanne Frasier, Morgan State University
Federico Garcia Lammers, University of Minnesota
Sophia A. Gruzdys, 2022 President, AIA Continental Europe
Gundula Proksch, University of Washington

JAE Article Awards Jury
JAE Editorial Board
ACSA Board of Directors

TAD Research Contribution Award Jury
TAD Editorial Board
ACSA Board of Directors

Best Paper & Best Project Jury
ACSA College of Distinguished Professor
ACSA Board of Directors

About the ACSA
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA has grown to represent over 200 schools in several membership categories, including 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 with two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 6,000 architecture faculty are represented. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues, including journals, scholarly meetings, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations. www.acsa-arch.org

About the AIA
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and businesses. The AIA engages with civic and government leaders, as well as with the public, to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Visit www.aia.org.

About the AIAS
The American Institute of Architecture Students is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of architectural education. For more information, visit www.aias.org.


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