The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 2009 recipients of the Education Honor Awards, which recognize collegiate faculty achievements and excellence in architectural education. Honorees will receive their awards during the 2009 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on March 27. The awards jury looked for exceptional and innovative courses that addressed broad issues, contributed to the advancement of architecture education, could potentially benefit or change practice, and promoted models of excellence that other educators could employ.
The winners of the 2009 AIA Education Honor Awards are:
University of Minnesota College of Design's John Comazzi, assistant professor of architecture; Lance Neckar, professor and head of landscape architecture; and Vince deBritto, lecturer in landscape architecture, for "Remediation as Urban Catalyst: A Collaborative Reworking of Post-Industrial Landscapes." This program brought architecture and landscape architecture students together over two years to collaborate in the transformation of several brownfield sites along the northern Mississippi River corridor. The effort has helped redirect the region's approach to site remediation.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo's Thomas Fowler IV, AIA, NCARB, professor of architecture, and lecturer Barry L. Williams, AIA, for Integrated Project Studio. This studio combined the content of a third-year building design studio with that of a building environmental systems studio, synchronizing lecture topics and studios for a 10-week period. Coursework was choreographed to emphasize the integral interrelationship between environment and building design.
The University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning's Dan Rockhill, distinguished professor of architecture, for Studio 804. Based on the discovery method of teaching, this comprehensive graduate design/build studio operates as a nonprofit focused on urban renewal, sustainability, and elegant design to produce fully realized houses and other buildings. Students work with professionals in the community, but ultimately lead the process, to complete the project in one semester.
Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts' Igor Marjanovic, assistant professor, for "Architecture Summer Studio 2008: Intersections of Art and Architecture in Florence." Architecture, engineering, cultural geography, and art students joined this design studio to learn about other cultures in a way that will prepare them for global architectural practice as citizens of the world. Students tackled broad cultural issues through design, mostly drawing.
University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture's Wanda Dye, assistant professor, for "The Everyday City." This course examines urban theories engaging the everyday, attempting critical alternatives for presenting and intervening within everyday public spaces using case study research, empirical observation, and techniques of photography and film. Students used images, sound, and text to develop ideas for possible interventions within everyday public space.