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AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual, who must be living at the time of nomination, who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education, and whose primary contribution to architectural education has been on the North American continent.

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Eligibility

Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria which may include:

    • The candidate has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education and is living at the time of nomination.

    • The candidate’s primary contribution to architectural education has been on the North American continent.

    • The candidate shall have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on a long line of students.

    • The candidate shall have evidenced great breadth, having influenced a wide range of students.

    • The candidate shall be a person whose activities have consistently directed themselves toward the future as well as the past.

    • The candidate shall have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas, in the event that the candidate’s areas of focus might be considered circumscribed.

    • The candidate shall be widely known by the quality of his or her products: by those who also taught, by those who practiced architecture, and by those who perhaps did neither.


Any colleague, student, or former student may nominate candidates for the Topaz Medallion.

2015 Call for Entries

View the 2015 Call for Entries

2015 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission is October 17, 2014 before 5:00 pm Eastern Time. All deadlines are strictly observed.

There is no entry fee for this program.

2015 Jury

 

Wendy Ornelas, FAIA (Chair)
APDesign, Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Michael Hoffman, AIA
Norwich University
Montpelier, Vermont

Charlie Klecha, AIAS Representative
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago

Sylvia Lavin
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Michael A. Speaks
Syracuse University
Syracuse



Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2015 Topaz Medallion Submission Preview before beginning your submission. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

Throughout the submission, where applicable and to the extent possible, submitters are encouraged to highlight any aspects of the nominee’s work or life experience that may have reflected contributions or sensitivity concerning areas of special interest to the Institute, its members, and the architecture profession, including but not limited to the Policy and Position Statements of the AIA. These might include such areas as diversity, sustainability, or the mentoring of emerging professionals, to the degree the nominee has had the opportunity to address them, or as these topics may enhance the nominee’s presentation.

Please note that if the nominee be selected as the Topaz Medallion recipient, he/she will be required to attend the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 14-16 in Atlanta.

All supporting documentation must be submitted in a single .PDF file not to exceed 10 MB for presentation to the jury and include the following:

    • A one page nomination letter by the sponsor.

    • A biography of the candidate not exceeding two pages.

    • A statement of contributions not exceeding four pages.

    • A roster of distinguished students.

    • Supporting material (i.e., clippings, articles, etc.) relating to the purpose of the award not exceeding four pages.

    • A maximum of 10 letters of support by those who know the quality of the candidate’s products: by those who also taught, by those who practiced architecture, and by those who perhaps did neither. Letters should be one page in length and explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for support.


Communication with the jury and/or Board of Directors from the time of submittal to completion of the jury process by the candidate or anyone acting on their behalf is inappropriate and cause for disqualification.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from HonorsAwards@aia.org to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact HonorsAwards@aia.org for assistance.

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Questions may be directed to HonorsAwards@aia.org.

Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients

Contact

Kathleen L. Daileda, Hon. AIA
Director, AIA Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006
202.626.7474
kdaileda@aia.org

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