NCARB Prize 10: How Are You Shaping the Future of the Profession?

The NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and the Academy was developed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to encourage, reward, and showcase diverse initiatives, activities, and courses that integrate architecture practice and architecture education in an academic setting. The knowledge and experience of practicing architects can have a great impact on the education of architecture students. Schools of architecture and students benefit from their expertise and ability to help bridge the gap between education and practice.

Are you currently working with a school of architecture with a degree program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or a candidate for NAAB accreditation? If so, do you know about the NCARB Prize?

Now in its 10th and final year, the NCARB Prize has recognized 47 projects that have merged practice and education in architecture curriculum and awarded over $500,000 to these programs.

To be eligible for the NCARB Prize, projects must:

  • Involve at least one non-faculty architect practitioner
  • Be a course or part of a course that is offered for academic credit as part of the architecture curriculum in the architecture school
  • Have commenced no earlier than fall 2008 and completed or in progress by the end of the fall 2010 academic term
In addition, the project should:
  • Incorporate innovative concepts and methods to integrate practice and education
  • Have immediate and continuing impact on student education and development
  • Recognize and respond to specific needs of the students, the school, and the profession, respond to relevant issues identified in the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture and in Building Community: A New Future for Architecture Education and Practice as they relate to specific needs and criteria
  • Be able to serve as a model and to be adapted and/or adopted by other faculty and other architecture schools
Are you currently working on a project that fits this description? If so, talk to your school of architecture about submitting it for NCARB Prize 10! Submissions are due by 5 p.m. EST on 11 February 2011. Visit the NCARB Prize section for more information.

Get Involved!
Not currently involved with a school of architecture? No problem! NCARB will continue to support the integration of practice and the academy with grants to help schools implement new programs that merge practice and education in a studio or classroom setting through the NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. Visit the NCARB Grant section for more information.