The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recently announced the winners of its 2010 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The awards encourage and reward architecture programs that expose students to the realities of professional practice through partnerships with non-faculty practitioners and work on real-world projects.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize for its program "The Box and Beyond," in which students took a leadership role in interactions with architects, other design professionals, and clients to develop a new townhouse typology for the Newark Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to use in future developments. Each student developed a design based on meetings with architects, engineers, city planners, sustainability consultants, Habitat staff, and current owners of Habitat homes. The student with the winning design and the runner-up both received an internship at the program's partner architecture firm to continue working on the Habitat townhouse design through the construction documents phase. (ra covered NJIT's Habitat project in January.)

Five other architecture schools also received NCARB Prizes with awards of $7,500. They are:

  • CaliforniaCollegeof the Arts, Department of Architecture—"Refract House." Working with architects and engineers, students designed and built an 800-square-foot, relocatable solar-powered house to educate the public about the possibilities of sustainable architecture. (ra featured the Refract House as part of our 2009 Solar Decathlon coverage; the house won third place in the competition.)
  • CaliforniaPolytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design—"Design Collaboratory (DC)." Collaborating with practitioners, students from all disciplines fully engaged in a studio design project, learning the fundamental principles of negotiation and building systems integration.
  • The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning—"Spirit of Place—Spirit of Design." In this program, students worked with local architects and a foreign country to design and construct a building that successfully responds to natural and cultural settings, gaining experience in project financing, marketing and communications with clients, site identification and acquisition, permit requirements, and contract negotiations.
  • LouisianaState University, School of Architecture—"Practice Professional Practice." Working in the office of a local architect, students gained professional insight into the challenges of regenerating a deteriorated downtown, the building design process and construction methods, the socio-cultural impact of project design, and the time management skills required in a busy architectural office.  
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning—"Computation and Craft: The IP/BIM Studio." Students learned Building Information Technology from non-faculty practitioners and program directors, while working with practitioners to enhance their understanding of daily project management. 

For more information on the NCARB Prize, visit www.ncarb.org/prize.