2008 NCARB Grants Awarded to Three Schools

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded NCARB Grants for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy to Morgan State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Washington. The grants provide the schools with seed money to create programs that integrate architectural practice and education in unique ways.

“The jury was impressed with the way in which these programs will bring architects and other practitioners together with students to focus on issues critical to practice today,” said Robert E. Luke, AIA, jury chair and former NCARB president. “They have incredible potential to help better prepare students for practice.”

The third annual NCARB Grant builds upon the NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy, now in its eighth year. As a separate funding venture, each academic year the Council awards up to a total of $10,000 through one, two, or three grants to schools with architecture programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and schools with programs that are candidates for NAAB-accreditation in an effort to support the creation and implementation of new ideas and methods of integrating practice and education. The grant was created to support and encourage concepts that may be more risk-taking than a school can initially afford on its own.

The Department of Architecture, School of Architecture & Planning at Morgan State University was awarded an NCARB Grant of $5,000 for their proposal to create a course that will form new relationships between architectural practice and the academy. The new course will provide a unique setting for students to work with local architects and gain an understanding of developments in architectural details. In the first half of the course, each student will be partnered with a practicing architect and will research the development of the architectural envelope of a building recently designed by the architect. The partnership will continue in the second half of the course, as the student develops a new architectural detail through collaboration with the architect and input from material manufacturers and other construction industry professionals. In order to make the course more relevant to practice, students will be required to address specific design objectives, such as sustainability issues or the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery methods. At the conclusion of the course, students will present their designs to targeted middle and high school students in Baltimore as part of a traveling exhibition held in conjunction with AIABaltimore in an effort to expose the younger students to the possibilities of a career in architecture.

The School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati was awarded an NCARB Grant of $2,500 to provide financial impetus to develop a course in sustainable environmental design that links architecture with civil engineering and environmental engineering. The course is designed to engage students in these professions early in their education and training, and bring the reality of today’s integrative practice between all design disciplines into the academic setting. The course will address environmental issues from multiple perspectives—academic, research, and practitioner—and provide a basis for students to gain an understanding of the challenges of meeting environmental goals while serving public and professional objectives.

The Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington was awarded an NCARB Grant of $2,500 for their proposal to develop a seminar and studio course that will provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with architects and other building industry professionals as they examine sustainable design practices and create a prototype for a high-performance portable classroom. Students will visit relevant projects in the region to gain a firsthand understanding of the complex interconnection between issues that affect the design of low-impact, zero-energy buildings. The practice/education link will be a two-way street, where practitioners provide expertise to students while learning about new, emerging technologies and their applications.

Schools interested in applying for a 2009 NCARB Grant should submit their proposal electronically to ncarbgrant@ncarb.org no earlier than Tuesday, September 22, 2009 and no later than Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT. Click here for more information about the NCARB Grant program.

NCARB Prize
Since the NCARB Prize was established in 2001, NCARB has awarded over $400,000 to architecture schools to encourage and support the integration of practice and education in the academy. Architecture schools with programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and architecture schools with programs that are candidates for NAAB-accreditation are invited to submit established projects, completed or in progress by the end of the fall 2008 term, that demonstrate creative initiatives to integrate practice and education for the 2009 NCARB Prize.

Submissions for the 2009 NCARB Prize must be received by NCARB no earlier than Tuesday, January 6, 2009, and no later than Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 5:00 PM EST. Please refer to the format and submission requirements on the 2008 NCARB Prize submission entry form.

For more information about the NCARB Prize program, visit the NCARB Prize section of the NCARB.

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