February 7, 2024

Winners Announced for 2024 Architectural Education Awards


Faculty Recognized for Excellence
in Architectural Education

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
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.

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

Design-Build Award

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.

This year’s jury included:

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

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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