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2010 AIA Education Honor Awards Program



The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is pleased to announce the 2010 Education Honor Awards Program. The purpose of the awards program is to discover and recognize the achievement of individuals who serve the profession as outstanding teachers. The awards celebrate excellence in architecture education as demonstrated in classroom, studio, and/or community work, or in courses offered in various educational settings. All courses, initiatives, or programs completed within the last five years (since January 1, 2005) and that have not previously received an AIA Education Honor Award are eligible for consideration. Courses must be offered in the context of a pre-professional degree in architecture or a professional degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board/Conseil canadien de certification en architecture (CACB/CCCA).

Evaluation Criteria

The awards jury will seek evidence of exceptional and innovative courses, initiatives, or programs that:

    • deal with broad issues, particularly in cross-disciplinary collaboration and/or within the broader community; 

    • contribute to the advancement of architecture education; 

    • have the potential to benefit and/or change practice; and/or 

    • promote models of excellence that can be appropriated by other educators.

Submission Date

All final submission materials must be received at the AIA no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

Submission Requirements

All materials should be submitted on a CD with separate folders for 1) materials to be reviewed by the jury and 2) required documents for administrative purposes. Folders should be labeled accordingly and file names should indicate the title of the project. Materials to be reviewed by the jury should not reveal the name of the institution or individuals involved. Please avoid sending multiple files that must be opened separately. The total submission should not exceed 70 MB.

For consideration by the jury:

    • A 300-word (maximum) abstract, double-spaced, including the title and nature of the project (but not including names and titles of the submitting educators). The abstract must be written on a single page, in a form suitable for national publication.

    • Double-spaced description not to exceed five pages, including: 

      subject area and importance within the curriculum

      dates the course was offered, to what level of students it was offered, and degree(s) offered

      elective or required course

      educational goals and teaching strategies 

      evaluation methods used to assess student work 

    • Examples of student work from the course

    • Include 3-5 high-resolution images suitable for publication

Required letters and forms: (in a separate folder for administrative purposes)

    • Letter of Submission, providing name(s) and professional title(s) of submitting educator or teaching team members, course title, subject area, dates the course was offered, to what level of students it was offered, and degree(s) offered. In addition, indicate whether the program is accredited by NAAB or CACB.

    • A sealed envelope containing names and titles of submitting educator(s). Please use the concealed identification form provided.

    • Letter from the institution's dean/program director verifying dates the course was offered to what level of students it was offered, and degree(s) offered.

    • The AIA copyright release form must be provided for each contributor, including the educator(s), photographer, if applicable, students and others, as appropriate. 

    • The AIA intern declaration form, if applicable.

Conflict of Interest and Communication with Jurors

    1. Before submitting an AIA Education Honor Award entry, entrants must confirm that there is no existing conflict of interest between the project submitted and members of the jury. The juror or his/her firm must not be associated with the submission in any way. The jury chair, in consultation with the Honors & Awards Department representative, reserves the right to rule a submission ineligible. 

    2. Communication by entrants with members of the awards jury regarding an entry is inappropriate at any time from entry through the conclusion of the jury meetings. Such communication will result in disqualification of entries.

AIA 2010 Education Honor Awards Jury

    Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans, LA (jury chair)

    Paul D. Mankins, FAIA, AIA Board Regional Director Central States; Substance, Des Moines, IA

    Brett Roeth, BA Arch, Miami University; American Institute of Architecture Students, Washington, DC

    Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL

    Monica Ponce de Leon, Office DA, Inc. Boston, MA; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Selection and Dissemination

    Submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury and award recipients will be notified in early February 2010. The awards will be announced at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting and included in the Architectural Education Awards book, a joint publication of ACSA and the AIA.

    All submitters grant the AIA the nonexclusive right to publish, reproduce, sell at cost, and otherwise distribute copies of the submission or of matter excerpted in whole or part from the submission.

    Questions: send e-mail to

    All entries should be addressed to:

    Honors & Awards Department

    AIA Education Honor Awards

    The American Institute of Architects
    1735 New York Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20006

    See for information about recent award recipients and a chronology of all previous recipients since 1988.


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