Award Program Requirements

The NCARB Award will be on hold in 2016 in order to re-evaluate how the initiative can better recognize and inspire innovation in the academy.

There are no restrictions on the type of project that may be proposed, so long as it meets the requirements presented in the submission forms and is in keeping with the intent of the NCARB Award.

Eligibility Requirements

Faculty members in architecture schools that are located in a U.S. jurisdiction and that have a program that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are eligible to submit NCARB Award proposals. Faculty members in program that are candidates for NAAB accreditation and that are located in a U.S. jurisdiction are also eligible to submit proposals. [more]

Non-Faculty Architect Practitioners

Increasing meaningful interaction between students and non-faculty architect practitioners is the central theme of the NCARB Award. [more]


Award funds must be used specifically to support the integration of practice and education in the academy as described in the proposal and in conformance with the NCARB Award program requirements and the NCARB Award Conditions. [more]

Proposal Review Criteria

Assessment of proposals submitted will be based upon the proposal's effectiveness in integrating practice and education in the academy. Project directors are encouraged to study issues central to the architect's responsibility for the public health, safety, and welfare, and issues central to practice.

  1. Outcomes – Statements of specific, measurable, and realistic changes that will result from the NCARB Award
  2. Integration – Creation of innovative and effective concepts and methods to integrate non-faculty architect practitioners in the education of students in significant and meaningful ways
  3. Impact – Achievement of immediate and continuing impact on student education and development and the architecture curriculum and response to specific needs of the students, the school, the institution, and the profession
  4. Effectiveness – Effectiveness in raising student awareness of issues central to practice and the architect’s responsibility for health, safety, and welfare and responding to relevant issues identified in the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture: Education Report and NCARB's Contribution to the NAAB 2013 Accreditation Review Conference as they relate to the NCARB Award criteria
  5. Model – Likelihood of the project to serve as a model and to be adapted and/or adopted by other faculty and other architecture schools
  6. Participation – Proposed student participation, level of participation, and description of impact on project participants. Student reach should be as broad as possible
  7. Budget – Effectiveness and appropriateness of the proposed budget in relation to project goals and NCARB Award criteria

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Submission Requirements
Please review all of the following information before you submit your NCARB Award proposal.

Review Criteria Questions to Consider
The NCARB Award Jury will review proposals against the criteria and will consider these issues in order to assess proposals and select NCARB Award recipients.