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2020 Architectural Education Awards by ACSA

January 29, 2020

Award for Vikramaditya Prakash

‘The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the recipients of the 2020 Architectural Education Awards honoring architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. The award-winning professors inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academia into practice and the public sector.’ Among this year’s recipients is Vikramaditya Prakash, professor of Architecture (also one of the applicants who might have led CEPT as President).

 

Distinguished Professor Award “recognizes individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students over an extended period of time and/or teaching which inspired a generation of students who themselves have contributed to the advancement of architecture.”


For the other three laureates, see 2020 ACSA ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AWARDS Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Architectural Education @ https://www.acsa-arch.org/2020/01/29/acsa-announces-recipients-of-2020-architectural-education-awards/

There are also other awards: for best article from a journal; for collaborative practice, where community, faculty and students have worked on projects of community relevance; for ‘education in housing design to produce architects ready for practice in a wide range of areas and able to be capable leaders and contributors to their communities‘; for combining teaching, scholarship and outreach for leadership; for school based design-build projects, and such.


Many of these activities are already taking place all over Design Schools’ campuses. But most are unacknowledged beyond their own boundaries. Gatherings at IIA Award are dominated by sponsor presentations and random dance performances. NASA Trophies and Awards are sophisticated but sometimes actual events a mix of trivial and substantial. There is nothing like a prize rewarding a teacher nor the variety of ways of teaching possible in architecture.

This may be untimely to ask for when the number of colleges of architecture has become 10 fold recently without a proportionate growth of quality of teaching.

Where a huge number of colleges rely on visiting faculties to do the teaching as right teachers are not easy to find. These include retired professionals; young practitioners looking for a steady income to keep their nascent offices going; young parents who do not want pressures of a full time architecture practice/ job.

Design professors are frequently fresh graduates from the same institute, lured on by slightly better money than they would get if they relied on profession. Or career seniors who have long accepted the fact that their love for Architecture keeps them going, but their students/ community may not have any formal acknowledgement of their contribution except, perhaps, a lifetime achievement award of some sort. 

But yet, may be CEPT and/ or other leading universities would take a leaf out of ACSA’s book, and see how many types of teaching and collaborative practices can be acknowledged by Awards. 

Congratulations Vikramaditya!

More on Faculty Awards by BE:

@ http://intranet.be.uw.edu/news/acsa-faculty-award-winners

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