Six NCARB Grants Awarded Totaling $75,000

29 November 2011

Recipients Strive for Innovation in Architecture Education

Washington, DC—Architecture programs at six U.S. universities are recipients of the 2011 NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) awards grants to support the creation and implementation of new methods to integrate practice and education in the academy.

The NCARB Grant supports architecture programs’ efforts to create academic initiatives that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on architecture education in the academy and raise awareness about issues central to practice and the architect’s responsibility for health, safety, and welfare. To be eligible, schools must be located in an NCARB Member Board jurisdiction with a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or a program that is a candidate for NAAB accreditation.

This year, the program increased the money available for grants from $10,000 to $75,000. Six grants between $10,000-16,000 were awarded for a total of $75,000.

2011 Grant Recipients

Program: Boston Architectural College
Proposal: “Collaborative Global Practice: Students and Professionals Learning Together”
Students at Boston Architectural College will study the issues surrounding collaboration in a global environment. By working on case studies developed by faculty and select design firms, the students will tackle cross-cultural challenges of designing across borders and practicing in an international arena. The course will culminate in an end-of-semester symposium open to all Boston Architectural College students, as well as the larger design community, to establish a broad exchange among students, faculty, and practitioners. NCARB Grant: $10,000

Program: Lawrence Technological University
Proposal: “Public Interest Design Practices and Research Workshop”
Lawrence Technological University will take advantage of its placement in the city of Detroit to educate students on the importance of community awareness and public design. The Public Interest Design Practices and Research (PIDPR) Workshop will offer seminars for collaboration between practitioners and the academy, and will teach students the principles of PIDPR and ways to expand the boundaries of traditional architectural practice. Students, in collaboration with architects, public officials, civic entities, and other stakeholders, will then have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of PIDPR principles to real-life projects that can help to play a leading role in the recovery of local communities. NCARB Grant: $13,800

Program: Portland State University
Proposal: “Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Research-Based Design”
Portland State University will create a program to prepare students for the increasingly interdisciplinary world of architectural practice. A series of ongoing, graduate-level seminars will expose architecture students to the wide-ranging needs of practice by embedding them in professional design teams. As they learn the ins-and-outs of collaboration in the world of practice, they will simultaneously lead an interdisciplinary student research team on sustainability issues relevant to projects the firms are working on. NCARB Grant: $16,000

Program: Tulane University
Proposal: “Field Studies to Inform Design for Healthy, High-Performance Buildings”

The proposal from Tulane University will establish a course for the on-site measurement of building performance in New Orleans. By partnering with a firm that has an active program in energy measurement, the course curriculum will help students to see how the life of a project extends past the “delivery” stage. Students will work in teams to measure performance attributes as well as generate reports on occupant comfort and health. The teams will work in collaboration with the practicing architects who have worked on the residences, schools, and commercial buildings being studied. NCARB Grant: $13,000

Program: Tuskegee University
Proposal: “Preservation Tenets, Technology, and Stewardship of the Historic Tuskegee Campus”

Using the living laboratory of their own campus and the preservation expertise of their partnering practitioners, Tuskegee University will develop a curriculum to expose architecture students to historic preservation. As students on a historic campus, those enrolled in the course will participate in lectures, workshops, and site visits held in tandem with faculty and practitioners to learn about historic preservation tenets and technology. Students will assist in writing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for historic campus buildings, and will examine one building as a case study for condition assessment and historic research. NCARB Grant: $11,700

Program: University of Miami
Proposal: “Writing in Architecture as a Professional Endeavour”
The proposal by the University of Miami strives to teach architecture students the importance of communicating effectively with the written word. The program partners students with an urban design firm and a collaborating publishing company to produce a critique of present day downtown Miami. Students will be trained to identify problems and prepare solutions, not just through visual designs, but also through written communication. The project will ultimately lead to the creation of a publication that will be distributed to community stakeholders. NCARB Grant: $10,500

The NCARB Grant
Since its inception, the NCARB Grant has awarded $137,500 to 18 architecture schools. The Grant Program was launched in 2006, and is designed to help schools implement new programs that merge practice and education in a studio or classroom setting.

Members from NCARB’s Member Boards serve on the Council’s Practice Education Committee and select the 2011 Grant recipients. This year’s committee members are Daniel D. Bennett, FAIA, Chair, Auburn, AL; James R. Boyd, AIA, Charlottesville, VA; Paul Edmeades, AIA, NCARB, Bel Air, MD; Luis Martinez, AIA; Chicago, IL; Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB, Sioux City, IA; and Kyu-Jung Whang, AIA; Ithaca, NY. David Biagi, Director, School of Architecture, University of Kentucky, served as an observer to the committee from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The committee was assisted by NCARB staff members Greg G. Hall, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, and Craig A. Schwarz.


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 and Canada.


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