NCARB Unveils Prize Program

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announces its inaugural NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. Under the leadership of Peter Steffian, FAIA, current President of NCARB, the Council will recognize those academic programs that best emphasize the continuum between practice and education. A total of six cash prizes will be presented: five prizes of $7,500 and a grand prize of $25,000. Honorable mentions may also be named at the discretion of the NCARB prize jury.

Architecture schools with degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board are invited to submit established projects, completed or in progress by the end of the Fall 2001 semester, that demonstrate creative initiatives to bring together the academy and the profession within the studio curriculum. Acceptable work may include comprehensive studio projects, community design charrettes, and other joint venues for practitioner, faculty and student interaction. Practice areas serve as the basis for the prize and may include, but are not limited to, the following: leadership; ethical, social, economic, political and legal aspects; public benefit; project development; practice management; issues of infrastructure/context; allied/affiliate professionals; and building systems.

Recipients of the six cash prizes will be named during NCARB's Annual Meeting and Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in June 2002. A jury comprising the five members of the NCARB Practice-Education Task Force as well as one dean from a school located in each of the six NCARB Regions will be identified prior to the commencement of the Fall 2001 semester. The participating deans will be selected by NCARB's regional leadership.

Entry packets will be mailed beginning April 20, 2001. Submissions should include a one page abstract, a maximum of seven pages describing the program, and one or two 30" x 30" boards for visual presentations. A sealed envelope containing the names of all participants, including the respective school and practitioner(s)/ firms(s), and a statement signed by the dean verifying the information will accompany the program materials. All materials must be received in NCARB's Washington, D.C. office by February 1, 2002. For more information concerning the NCARB Prize, contact Michiel M. Bourdrez, AIA, Director, Professional Services at 202/879-0533 or by e-mail at mbourdrez@ncarb.org.