NCARB Prize Winners Vie for $25,000 Award

Six schools of architecture have recently been named winners in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' inaugural NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy competition. Of the six programs, one will be awarded the $25,000 grand prize at NCARB's Annual Meeting and Conference in late June 2002 in Boston. The remaining five schools will each receive a $7,500 cash award.

The winning Prize entries were submitted by:

  • Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)—Community-led project where the studio served as the professional office
  • Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)—Community outreach in remote rural locations
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)—Research project using digital technology
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)—Research project using richly documented case studies
  • University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, Michigan)—Community outreach in urban settings
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)— Research in technology

As envisioned by former Council president Peter Steffian, FAIA, the NCARB Prize recognizes excellence in architectural education and practice. Architecture schools with NAAB accredited degree programs were invited to submit established projects, completed or in progress by the end of the Fall 2001 semester, that demonstrated creative initiatives that bring together the academy and the profession within the studio curriculum.

The 48 entries juried for the NCARB Prize fell into three broad categories: curriculum (where entire programs were presented or where a particular course was showcased); community outreach (including design/build student projects, community planning, and urban design); and applied research and development (based on technology and case study analysis). Practice integration was represented by exposure to practice culture, structured collaboration with allied professions, and projects led by registered faculty practitioners.

Speaking on behalf of the NCARB Prize jury, Past President Steffian (2001) said, "We are very pleased with the quantity and diversity of projects submitted as well as the high quality of the winning programs. The grand prize winner has been chosen by secret ballot, and even we do not yet know which program will go home with $25,000."

The NCARB Prize jury comprises the members of the Council's Practice Education Task Force and five deans of NAAB-accredited architectural programs chosen by NCARB's regional leadership. They are Janet White, FAIA, jury chair; Peter Steffian, FAIA; David Mohney, AIA; John C. Wyle, AIA; Cornelius "Kin" DuBois, AIA; Gary Hack, Ph.D., AICP, Dean, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Bennett, FAIA, NCARB, Dean, Auburn University; Douglas Kelbaugh, FAIA, Dean, University of Michigan; John C. Gaunt, FAIA, Dean, University of Kansas; William C. Miller, FAIA, Dean, University of Utah.

Michiel M. Bourdrez, AIA, director, professional services, served as the staff liaison to the NCARB Prize jury. For more information about the NCARB Prize winners, please contact Mr. Bourdrez at 202/879-0535 or mbourdrez@ncarb.org.