Diversity Achievement

Submission Deadline: September 17, 2014 

Certificate of Recognition: To recognize 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. 


Nominees shall have had a positive stimulating influence on diversity within architecture education, schools, and/or the community at large. Submissions should convey how the nominee(s) address the ideals of diversity through meaningful and effective activities.

Individuals or groups in ACSA member schools whose activities have clearly been identified with architectural education in ACSA full-member schools are eligible. The achievement must have been accomplished during the period of appointment. Any faculty member, administrator, or student at an ACSA full-member school may nominate a candidate for the ACSA Diversity Achievement Award. Projects that have previously been recognized by ACSA will not be considered.

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, 8.5x11 pages and be submitted in PDF format. All material must be submitted by September 17, 2014at 5:00 pm ET, 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);
  • A letter explaining the reasons for the nomination according to the established criteria, not to exceed one page (PDF format);
  • A résumé of the candidate summarizing his or her career (PDF format);
  • 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 (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, 8.5x11 pages, in PDF format).

Selection & Presentation
The ACSA Awards Committee shall select no more than three individuals for awards per year. The committee, in any year, may choose not to bestow the Diversity Achievement Award. Winners will be announced at an Architecture Education Awards Ceremony during the 103rd ACSA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario 2015.

+ Download the complete 2014-2015 ACSA Architecture Awards Program
+ Past Recipients 

2014-2015 DA Jurors:
Ryan Smith, University of Utah
John Cays, New Jersey Institute of Technology