NCARB Awards $25,000 Through the 2009 NCARB Grant Program

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded a total of $25,000 in NCARB Grants for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy to Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Southern California to fund projects that incorporate architecture practice and education. This is the first time in the program’s history that each proposal was fully funded by the grant money.

The NCARB Grant program is intended to help architecture programs initiate academic activities that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on the integration of practice and education. NCARB’s Practice Education Committee presents one, two, or three grants to initiatives that may be more risk-taking than a program may be able to initially afford on its own.

“This year, the Practice Education Committee made a meaningful decision to award the grants to projects that will not only integrate practice and education, but also provide opportunities to significantly revolutionize the architectural curriculum,” said Joseph L. Bynum, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB Practice Education Committee Chair.

The committee recognized the proposals for the creative ways in which they involved non-faculty architect practitioners and their potential to address significant needs in architecture education.

“These unique and innovative proposals dealt with real challenges that are being faced by both the profession and architectural curriculum,” said Bynum. “These projects have the potential to be catalysts for improving the integration of practice and education, and also respond to the knowledge/skills identified in NCARB’s 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture that could be effectively addressed at the educational stage of an architect’s development.”

The 2009 NCARB Grant Recipients
Iowa State University, College of Design, Department of Architecture was awarded $11,850 for its proposal to develop beginning and intermediate structure courses in the undergraduate curriculum that will provide students with the knowledge to integrate basic structural principals. Courses will combine case studies, hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and design projects with a more compact lecture program. Licensed architects and engineers will participate in all aspects of the courses and plan to form mentoring relationships with the students.

Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Department of Architecture was awarded $4,950 for its non-traditional proposal to identify, develop, and incorporate architectural writing assignments and evaluative templates into the second year of their Master of Architecture program. Project directors will work with architectural firms to define architectural writing genres and create instructional materials and strategies for teaching architectural writing to students. The strategies and templates will eventually be incorporated into the entire curriculum to teach writing skills that are grounded in architectural practice so students will be able to effectively communicate with their fellow professionals and clients.

University of Southern California, School of Architecture was awarded $8,200 for its proposal to create a laboratory for notable practitioners to present Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Technology (BIM) case studies, tutorials, and conduct one-on-one reviews with students. The lab will be used to expose students to the relevant challenges related to IPD and BIM, show them real-world projects using these methods, and bridge the gap between the profession and education through collaboration.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited degree programs and programs that are candidates for NAAB accreditation interested in applying for a 2010 NCARB Grant should submit their proposal(s) electronically to no earlier than Tuesday, September 21, 2010 and no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 5:00 p.m. EDT. For more information on the 2009 NCARB Grants, go to 2010 NCARB Grant information will be available soon.

The NCARB Grant Program builds upon the NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy, now in its ninth year. The NCARB Prize provides national recognition and financial support to programs that integrate practice and the academy. NCARB will award up to one $25,000 grand prize and five awards of $7,500 to architecture schools with NAAB-accredited degree programs and programs that are candidates for NAAB accreditation. Projects must have started no earlier than the fall 2007 academic term and be complete or in progress by the end of the 2009 fall term and must involve non-faculty architect practitioners and integrate practice and education in the academy.

Submissions must be received by NCARB no earlier than Tuesday, January 5, 2010, and no later than Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more information on the NCARB Prize and detailed submission requirements and instructions, please visit