Submission Deadline: September 25, 2019                                     

To honor the best practices in school-based design-build projects.

This ACSA award recognizes projects that demonstrate how faculty, students, and schools work to realize design-build projects. Curricula based design-build projects can encompass a variety of endeavors, scope, scale and setting, but at their core they present constructions that illustrate design learning outcomes from conception to tangible fruition.

Project will be considered at any scale and may include but are not limited to: products, installations, interiors, and full-scale constructions. Submissions should convey how the projects link curricular objectives and design pedagogies with measurable outcomes. 

Persons in ACSA full-member and candidate-member schools who are primarily engaged in teaching may enter one or more submissions relevant to their educational activities. Projects that have previously been recognized by the ACSA will not be considered.

Submission Documentation
Submissions must explain the nature of the design-build agenda and demonstrate what students learned and how they benefited and the sustained impact of the agenda on a curriculum (if applicable). Entries must consist of high-quality digital graphic material and text, maximum of 750 words, submitted through the online system by the nominee in PDF format with up to 20, 8.5x11 pages. All material must be submitted by September 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm EDT, online at and the submitter will need to log into the ACSA website in order to submit.

Each submission shall contain the following:

  • Submission Information, completed online during submission (;
  • Abstract: (not to exceed 300 words) describing the nature of the design-build agenda, explaining what students learned and how they benefited and the sustained impact of the agenda on a curriculum (if applicable). (copy/paste text box);
  • Supporting Material: Documents illustrating or describing the project (not to exceed a total of 20, 8.5x11 pages with a maximum of 750 words, in PDF format). Within the 750 words, text should address student learning outcomes around which the course / assignment is designed, and a description of the evaluation methods used to assess student learning outcomes.

To maintain anonymity, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any part of the submission. Credits may be concealed by any simple means. Do not conceal identity and location of the project.

Selection & Presentation
The ACSA Awards Committee shall recommend to the ACSA board for approval no more than four projects for this award per year. The Committee, in any year, may choose not to bestow the Design-Build Award. ACSA shall present recipients with a certificate during the ACSA Annual Meeting and recipients will have the opportunity to present their work.


+ 2020 Architectural Education Awards
Past Recipients

2020 DB Jurors
Lonn Combs (Chair), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Emily Baker, University of Arkansas
Elizabeth Golden, University of Washington