New Jersey Institute of Technology Awarded $25,000 NCARB Prize Grand Prize

30 March 2010
Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) awarded the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s New Jersey School of Architecture the $25,000 Grand Prize for the 2010 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. Five additional NCARB Prize recipients were each awarded $7,500.

The NCARB Prize encourages, rewards, and showcases architecture programs that excel in integrating practice and education in an academic setting. Projects must be for credit, integrate non-faculty architect practitioners, and have started no earlier than fall 2008 and completed or in progress by fall 2010. Projects must also be innovative, have an immediate and continuing impact on student education and development, effectively respond to issues raised in the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture and Building Community: A New Future for Architecture Education, and potentially serve as a model for adoption and/or adaptation for other programs.

Since 2002, the NCARB Prize has recognized 68 projects and has awarded over $500,000 to programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and programs that are candidates for NAAB accreditation.

2010 Grand Prize Recipient
The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s submission, “The Box and Beyond,” had students take a leadership role in interacting with architects, other design professionals, and clients to develop a new typology for the Newark Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Directed by Darius Sollohub, AIA, students met with architects, engineers, city planners, sustainability consultants, Habitat staff, and current owners of Habitat-built homes to create a winning design, a runner-up, and six honorable mentions that Habitat for Humanity would consider for future projects. The student with the winning design and the runner-up received an internship at the participating architecture firm to advance the house through the construction documents phase. The entire studio will build the house this fall.

According to the NCARB Prize jury, the project “incorporated excellent involvement of an outside architect in a real world context” and taught “involvement and commitment beyond its architectural lessons.” It also “balanced the professional and technical learning with social and cultural realms.”

2010 Prize Recipients
California College of the Arts, Department of Architecture
“Refract House”
The “Refract House” project built connections between architecture students, local architects, the local design and construction community, and students in different academic departments. Led by Associate Professor Peter Anderson, FAIA and Lecturer Oblio Jenkins, students designed and constructed an 800 sq. ft. relocatable solar-powered house to be used as an education tool for the general public about the possibilities of sustainable architecture. Architects and engineers assisted students with formal reviews, design development, the budget, and vendors. The jury noted that the project integrated students, architects, and allied professionals to boldly deal with relevant issues and models for best practices.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
“Design Collaboratory (DC)”
In “Design Collaboratory,” led by Project Director and Professor Thomas Fowler IV, AIA, NCARB, students were provided the opportunity to fully engage in a studio design project that was enhanced by the support and collaboration of leading architect practitioners. Students from all disciplines participated in the building design to learn the fundamental principals of negotiation and building systems integration. Practitioners interacted with students during lectures, design critiques, and technology training. The jury noted that the project recognized that integration of architecture education and practice leads to more informed and better outcomes and showed ways architects lead teams of professionals to common goals.

The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning
“Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design”
In “Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design,” students worked with architects in Washington, DC and a foreign country on project financing, marketing and communications with clients, site identification and acquisition, permit requirements, and contract negotiations. The students’ goal was to design and construct a building that successfully responded to natural and cultural settings. Directed by Travis L. Price III, FAIA, students were offered valuable professional skills while learning how design decisions affect documentation and construction. The jury noted that the project exposed students to the potential breadth of practice, including issues of global impact, cultural diversity, and emotional engagement.

Louisiana State University, School of Architecture
“Practice Professional Practice”
Led by Project Directors Marsha R. Cuddeback AIA, LEED AP and Frank M. Bosworth, Ph.D., “Practice Professional Practice” allowed students to work in the office of an architect to understand the process involved in the regeneration of a deteriorated downtown. The project also helped students improve their time-management skills, enhance their knowledge of the building design process and construction methods, and understand the socio-cultural impact in project design. Conducted over the 16-day period between semesters, students were able to focus entirely on the program’s projects in a practice-like setting. The jury noted that the project was unique in that it effectively placed students in the most intimate connection with practice for an intense and concentrated period of time.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
“Computation and Craft: The IP/BIM Studio”
In “Computation and Craft: The IP/BIM Studio,” non-faculty architect practitioners provided a physical workplace and assisted Project Directors Gil Snyder, AIA and James Dicker to introduce Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to students. Practitioners also worked side-by-side with students to enhance their understanding of daily project management and regularly participated in design critiques. The jury noted that the project utilized the expertise of outside architects to expose and teach BIM technology in a way that strongly connects practice with the academy.

2010 NCARB Prize Jury
The 2010 NCARB Prize jury considered 31 eligible submissions representing 23 different colleges and universities. The winners were announced 5 March 2010 at the ACSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

The jury was comprised of members of NCARB’s Practice Education Committee and academic representatives (administrative leaders, department heads, or chairs) of schools with architecture programs accredited by the NAAB nominated by NCARB’s regional directors and an academic representative from the school awarded the 2009 NCARB Prize Grand Prize.

Academic representatives:
  • José Caban, MCD, AIA, Interim Chair, School of Architecture, Clemson University (NCARB Regions 3 and 5)
  • Bradford C. Grant, AIA, NOMA, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; Director, School of Architecture and Design; Howard University (NCARB Regions 1 and 2)
  • Calvin Lewis, Chair, Architecture Department, Iowa State University (2009 NCARB Prize Grand Prize recipient institution)
  • Wellington Reiter, FAIA, President, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (NCARB Regions 4 and 6)
Committee members:
  • Joseph L. Bynum, AIA, NCARB, Committee Chair (Alabama)
  • Daniel D. Bennett, FAIA (Alabama)
  • Paul D. Edmeades, AIA, NCARB (Maryland)
  • J. Everette “Ebo” Fauber III, AIA, NCARB (Virginia)
  • Jeffrey D. Heller, FAIA (California)
  • Jeffrey A. Huberman, FAIA, NCARB (North Carolina)
  • Robert A. Meyer, AIA, NCARB (Vermont)
NCARB Prize 10
The NCARB Prize celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. The NCARB Prize program was created in response to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s report, Building Community: A New Future for Architecture Education and Practice. As envisioned by 2001 NCARB President Peter Steffian, FAIA, the NCARB Prize provides national recognition and financial support to programs that integrate practice and education in the academy.

Currently, there are 122 schools that are eligible to submit entries for the NCARB Prize. In order to be eligible, schools must have a NAAB-accredited program or a program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation and the school must be located in an NCARB Member Board jurisdiction (one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).  

Submissions for the 2011 NCARB Prize must be received by NCARB no earlier than Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and no later than Friday, February 11, 2011, 5 p.m. EST. To learn more about the NCARB Prize program, specific submission requirements, and the 2010 Prize recipients, go to Detailed information about the 2011 program will be available soon.

NCARB launched the NCARB Grant program in 2006 after recognizing the need to assist schools in creating new and innovative programs that merge education and practice. A separate funding venture from the NCARB Prize, NCARB Grants provide seed money to support academic activities that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on the integration of practice and education. Each academic year, NCARB awards up to a total of $10,000 through one, two, or three grants to NAAB-accredited programs and NAAB-accredited candidate programs. Schools interested in applying for the 2010 NCARB Grant should submit their proposal no earlier than Tuesday, September 21, 2010 and no later than Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 5 p.m. EDT. Visit the NCARB Grant section of for more information. Detailed instructions and a downloadable application will be available soon.

Criteria for submissions for the NCARB Prize and Grant will increasingly focus on projects’ effectiveness in addressing issues noted in the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture, including the 12 knowledge/skills that are being acquired after licensure and can effectively be addressed in architectural education as noted in the NCARB Position Pater for the NAAB 2008 Accrediation Review Conference.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


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