For Immediate Release: Washington D.C., February 7, 2024 – The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announces the recipients of the 2024 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 a significant impact on architectural education and the discipline and practice of architecture.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk | University of Miami
Distinguished Professor Award
Recognizes individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students.
Lynne Dearborn | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Mohammad Gharipour | University of Maryland
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 Gillian Shaffer Lutsko | University of Southern California
Full-Time Faculty Lindsey Krug | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lukas Pauer | University of Toronto Robert Williams | University of Massachusetts Amherst
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.
Blind Design Workshop: Advancing Inclusivity with Non-Visual Pedagogy Andrew Gipe-Lazarou | Virginia Tech
An Architectural Imaginary of Identity and Exclusion: Drawing Out the Legacies of Japanese American Designers after WWII Incarceration Kelley Murphy | Washington University in St. Louis
Diversity Achievement Award Honorable Mention Critical-Pathways Suzanne Lettieri | Cornell University
Creative Achievement Award
Recognizes a specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service that advances architectural education.
Serious Play: Reimagining Children’s Playscapes Joseph Altshuler | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Activated Atlas Erin Kasimow | University of Southern California
Making Space for Community – Learning from Collective Living as a Basis for Designing Policy Antje Steinmuller | California College of the Arts Neeraj Bhatia | California College of the Arts
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.
Home for Alice John Folan | University of Arkansas and Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) Candice Adams | University of Arkansas
ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Campus: Architecture for Indigenous Language Revitalization and Normalization Karla Sierralta | University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Brian Strawn | University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Bears Ears Education Center Outdoor Classroom Elpitha Tsoutsounakis | University of Utah
Crafting a Collaborative Curriculum: The Design Build Initiative Michael Hughes | American University of Sharjah William Sarnecky | American University of Sharjah Gregory Spaw | American University of Sharjah Ammar Kalo | American University of Sharjah Patrick Rhodes | American University of Sharjah Kenneth Tracy | American University of Sharjah Juan Roldán | American University of Sharjah Marcus Farr | American University of Sharjah George Newlands | American University of Sharjah Camilo Cerro | American University of Sharjah Jason Carlow | American University of Sharjah Daniel Chavez | Scarab Design Emily Baker | University of Arkansas Matt Trimble | Scenic City Nomads
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.
MESO-COSM Brittany Utting | Rice University Daniel Jacobs | University of Houston
Aging Against the Machine Neeraj Bhatia | California College of the Arts Ignacio González Galán | Barnard College Karen Kubey | University of Toronto
Susan’s House, design for a new typology Mary English | Auburn University Xavier Vendrell | Auburn University
Contested Circumpolar: Domestic Territories Mason White | University of Toronto Kearon Roy Taylor | University of Toronto Matthew Jull | University of Virginia Leena Cho | University of Virginia Lola Sheppard | University of Waterloo
Honors the best practices in school-based design-build projects.
The Mizer’s Ruin Jason Griffiths | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Hip-Hop Xpress: Double Dutch Boom Bus Kevin Erickson | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Scott Lawrence | University of Idaho
A Stop Worth Waiting For: Transit in Service of the Public Good Julia Lindgren | University of Texas at Arlington
AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Award
Recognizes “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership.
Professional Horizons Hans Herrmann | Mississippi State University Thomas Kligerman | Design Leadership Foundation Abbey Franovich | Mississippi State University Ashley Studdard-Hughes | Mississippi State University
AIA/ACSA Practice + Leadership Honorable Mention Relocalize Our Food Courtney Crosson | University of Arizona & Drachman Institute
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.
Denver Low-Rise: New Domestic Forms of Collective Living José Ibarra | University of Colorado Denver Leyuan Li | University of Colorado Denver
Housing Connecticut: Designing Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods Andrei Harwell | Yale University Alan Plattus | Yale University Anika Singh Lemar | Yale University Kate Cooney | Yale University Elise Barker Limon | Yale University
Not for Sale! – Housing Education at the Intersection of Activism, Architecture, and Advocacy Adrian Blackwell | University of Waterloo Matthew Soules | University of British Columbia
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 Spatializing Reparations: Mapping Reparative Futures Danika Cooper | University of California, Berkeley
Design Essay Award Attending to Unbuilding: The One Tree Project Jesse Vogler | Free University of Tbilisi Ken Botnick | Independent Scholar Alisa Blatter | Washington University in St. Louis
Narrative Award Worship the Lift Engineer Jordan Whitewood-Neal | University of Brighton
TAD Research Contribution Award
Recognizes outstanding peer-reviewed research published in the Technology | Architecture + Design Journal.
Article from Volume VI Decoding the Architectural Genome: Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms in Design Mohammed Makki | University of Technology Sydney Diego Navarro-Mateu | Universitat Internacional de Catalunya Milad Showkatbakhsh | Architectural Association
Article from Volume VI Neural Image Classifiers for Historical Building Elements and Typologies Andrew Witt | Harvard University Eunu Kim | Trimble, Inc.
Topaz Jury Illya Azaroff, +LAB architects Colt Brock, American Institute of Architecture Students Elizabeth Danze, University of Texas at Austin Bradford Grant, Howard University Karen Lu, Snow Kreilich Architects
Distinguished Professor Jury Thomas Barrie, North Carolina State University Gail Dubrow, University of Minnesota Sharon Haar, University of Michigan Ikhlas Sabouni, Prairie View A&M University LaVerne Wells-Bowie, Florida A&M University
New Faculty Teaching Jury Julia Andor, American Institute of Architecture Students Kody Cheung, Drexel University Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University José Gámez, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Diversity Achievement Jury Maged Guerguis, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Sharon Haar, University of Michigan Mohamed Ismail, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Collaborative Practice Jury Aziza Chaouni, University of Toronto Joshua Foster, East Los Angeles College Nils Gore, University of Kansas
Housing Design Education Jury Christina Bollo, University of Oregon Melissa Daniel, AIA Housing & Community Development KC Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University Erkin Özay, University at Buffalo
Creative Achievement Jury Catherine Hamel, University of Calgary Ozayr Saloojee, Carleton University Paola Zellner-Bassett, Virginia Tech
Faculty Design Jury María González Aranguren, University of Virginia Pavlina Ilieva, PI.KL Studio Marcelo López-Dinardi, Texas A&M University Nicole McIntosh, Architecture Office Felipe Mesa, Arizona State University
Design-Build Jury Edward Becker, Virginia Tech Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University Rick Sommerfeld, University of Colorado Denver
Practice & Leadership Jury Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University Pari Riahi, University of Massachusetts Amherst Karina Ruiz, BRIC Architecture Mark Walsh, Perkins&Will
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
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Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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