NCARB Increases Award Amounts for NCARB Grant

Up to $25,000 Will be Available

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is reaffirming its commitment to the education of future architects by increasing the annual award amount of the NCARB Grant from $10,000 to up to $25,000—in one, two, or three grants—to support implementation of new programs that merge practice and education in a studio or classroom setting.

Schools with programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting (NAAB) and programs that are candidates for NAAB-accreditation are encouraged to submit proposals for new for-credit initiatives that integrate practice and education in the academy.

Proposals for the 2009 NCARB Grant must be submitted electronically to ncarbgrant@ncarb.org by e-mail no later than Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The NCARB Grant is intended to encourage and support the creation and implementation of new ideas and methods that integrate practice and education. The NCARB Grant program is distinct from the NCARB Prize  program and provides seed funding for the development of ideas that have not yet been implemented. The overall intention is to encourage architecture programs to:
  • Explore different venues or innovative curricular methods/programs to increase the practice/education link
  • Develop for-credit curricular initiatives that would be eligible for future NCARB Prize consideration
Architecture programs interested in submitting proposals for the 2009 NCARB Grant are encouraged to study the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture, an important reference that identifies knowledge/skills that are necessary for recently licensed architects, and Building Community: A New Future for Architecture Education, a major impetus for creation of the NCARB Prize and NCARB Grant programs. Both documents provide examples of areas in which the integration of practice and education can better prepare students for internship and future careers as architects. Since 2001, NCARB has awarded nearly $500,000 to schools through the NCARB Grant and the NCARB Prize programs to encourage and reward programs that merge practice and education in an academic setting.

Visit the NCARB Grant section of the NCARB web site for more information, detailed instructions, and a downloadable application.

Schools may also be interested in submitting current and recently completed projects for the 2010 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and the Academy. Information is available from the NCARB Prize section of the NCARB web site.

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2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture
The purpose of a Practice Analysis is to identify the tasks and knowledge/skills that are important for recently licensed architects, practicing independently, to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Nearly 200 tasks and knowledge/skills identified in the 2007 survey were verified as important and will be utilized in the future development of NCARB programs.
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