2005 NCARB Prize Winners Announced

The University at Buffalo/SUNY Wins $25,000 Grand Prize

March 2005

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has named the University at Buffalo/The State University of New York (SUNY) as the grand prize winner of the 2005 NCARB Prize competition. With this honor, the University at Buffalo's Department of Architecture will receive $25,000. Former NCARB president C. Robert Campbell, FAIA, and juror Barbara Sestak, AIA, announced this year’s Prize winners at the ACSA national convention in Chicago late last week.

In the University at Buffalo/SUNY entry, “West Side Streetscape / Small Built Works Project,” more than 120 undergraduate and graduate students have created thesis-like conceptual projects within the framework of civic improvement. Initiated in spring 2001 as part of a greater effort to re-establish university-community collaboration, Small Built Works has focused on four umbrella projects that emphasize green design, renewable energy strategies, and tectonic design strategies. Students also have worked directly with the community and provide construction documents (including shop drawings, bill-of-materials lists, and project budgets).

Five other programs join the University at Buffalo/SUNY as winners of the NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy; each will receive a $7,500 award.

Miami University—“The Alumni Traveling Studio”
Organized by alumni practitioners and faculty members, the traveling alumni studio model fully exposes students to the intricacies of practice. Reflecting alumni topics of expertise, the studio emphasizes such practical concerns as compliance with building codes, construction costs, and integration with other design disciplines.

University of Arkansas—“The Big Box Studio in the Community
Design Center”

The Big Box Studio develops community-based design solutions that are ecologically, socially, and economically responsive to big box retail, which has created its own form of urbanism. Originally commissioned by large discount retailers, the Big Box Studio works with leading industry designers and consultants to create best design practices and models addressing community development.

University of Florida—“Bridging: The Links Between Practice and Education
in the Academy”

This submission is based on a collaborative, comprehensive project that embraces a new understanding of “interdisciplinary bridges.” Students from a graduate architecture seminar in environmental technology and senior and graduate students in interior design work together to provide a design program for the renovation of a university building.

University of Illinois at Chicago—“Organic Farm Market:
A Collaborative Studio”

An accelerated design-build studio allows students to design, detail, create permit documents under the direct supervision of local architects, and then construct an organic farm market for the client, an internationally known conservation community. In this capstone graduate project, students focus on the principles of sustainable design and build full-scale mock-ups for client approval.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—“Chicago Studio”
This entry provides an alternate model for a traditional upper-level design studio. The studio is built around a series of integrated, collaborative courses that introduce daily professional practice activities in an urban setting. Student teams create a collective master plan for one of three sites along the Chicago River; each student then designs a building for that master plan.

Entries from North Carolina State University (“Making Connections | Building Knowledge: An Assessment of Construction Management at Risk”) and from the University of Utah (“designbuildBLUFF”) received honorable mentions. An entry from NC State was an NCARB Prize winner in 2002, the first year the prize competition was held.

As envisioned by Peter Steffian, FAIA, who served as Council president in 2001, the NCARB Prize recognizes excellence and innovation when bringing together 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 2004 semester, that demonstrated creative initiatives that integrate the academy and the profession within a studio curriculum.

Thirty-three entries, representing 26 different colleges and universities, were juried for the 2005 NCARB Prize competition. Speaking on behalf of the NCARB Prize jury, Campbell noted, “The fourth year of the NCARB Prize has brought together yet another outstanding group of diverse, thought-provoking projects. Once again, we are very pleased with the high quality of the winning programs. The University at Buffalo’s remarkable entry maintains the high standards of our previous grand prize-winning submissions from Oklahoma State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Detroit Mercy.”

The 2005 NCARB Prize jury comprises the members of the Council's Practice Education Task Force and six deans (or department heads or chairs) of NAAB-accredited architectural programs chosen by NCARB's regional leadership. Task force members are

  • Robert A. Boynton, FAIA (Virginia) NCARB’s 2004 President
  • C. Robert Campbell, FAIA (New Mexico) NCARB’s 2003 President
  • Karen L. W. Harris, AIA (Colorado)
  • Barbara Sestak, AIA (Oregon)
  • John C. Wyle, AIA (Georgia)
  • Michiel M. Bourdrez, AIA, staff liaison

The academy is represented by

  • Jeff J. Stein, Director, School of Architecture, Boston Architectural Center
  • Brian Carter, RIBA, Dean, School of Architecture, University at Buffalo/SUNY
  • Stephen Schreiber, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, University of South Florida
  • David Chasco, AIA, Director, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • J. Randall Seitsinger, AIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Oklahoma State University
  • Bob Mugerauer, Ph.D., Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Washington

The NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy was first initiated in the fall 2001. The Prize is inspired by the 1996 Carnegie Foundation report, Building Community: A New Future for Architectural Education and Practice, written by Lee D. Mitgang and the late Ernest L. Boyer.

List of Entries for the 2005 NCARB Prize
for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy

  • Ball State University: “Experiential Learning Through the Indianapolis
    Regional Center Plan 2020”
  • Clemson University: “Hybrid Furniture”
  • Iowa State University: “The Montreal Studio”
  • Judson University: "Strategic Grafting in Cabrini Green”
  • Lawrence Technological University: “Satellite Community Outreach Studio and Design
    as Deliberative Practices: The Institute for African American Farmers Project”
  • Miami University: “The Alumni Traveling Studio”
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology: “A Research and Redevelopment Initiative”
  • North Carolina State University:
    “Making Connections | Building Knowledge: An Assessment of Construction
    Management at Risk”
  • North Dakota State University: “Earth System Science & Policy”
  • Pennsylvania State University:
    “Fourth-year Service-learning Urban Studio-Ocean City Mixed Use”
  • Temple University: “Urban Design Workshop: Process Based Community Design”
  • Tulane University: “Concerns of the Profession”
  • University at Buffalo/The State University of New York:
    “The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo”
  • University at Buffalo/The State University of New York:
    “West Side Streetscape / Small Built Works Project”
  • University of Arkansas: “The Big Box Studio in the Community Design Center”
  • University of Arkansas: “Promoting Creative Development in Our State:
    Recombinant Design Solutions, School of Architecture Community Design Center”
  • University of California, Berkeley: “Practicing Architecture”
  • University of Florida: “Bridging: The Links Between Practice and Education in the Academy”
  • University of Florida: “Vernacular Metropolis I: Hong Kong-China Program”
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: “Organic Farm Market: A Collaborative Studio”
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
    “The Healthcare Design Studio: A National Prototype for Integrating
    Architectural Education and Practice”
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
    “Reweaving the Fabrics of the South End: Community Outreach Studio’s Work
    With a Faith-based Development Corporation in East St. Louis, Illinois”
  • University of Kentucky: “The Avatar”
  • University of Kentucky: “From Installation to Inhabitation: Creating Links
    Between Industry and Professional Practice Through Fabrication”
  • University of Kentucky: “studio as atelier”
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette: “Fundamentals in Action: Urban Theory in Practice”
  • University of Michigan: “7 Detroit Charrettes 1999-2005”
  • University of Michigan: “Media Design Workshop: (Im)Material Productions”
  • University of Nebraska: “Students in the Middle, Guides on the Side”
  • University of Pennsylvania: “Tents and Temporary Structures”
  • University of Utah: “designbuildBLUFF”
  • University of Washington:
    “The Noji Commons Project: A Neighborhood Design-Build Studio”
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: “Chicago Studio”


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