BAC Practice receives 2009 NCARB prize

2009 NCARB Prize Winner:
Boston Architectural College
"BIM Connections - A Scaffold for Change in Design Education and Practice"

NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy goes to BAC Practice.

The 2009 NCARB Prize jury, comprising members of the Council's Practice Education Committee and four academic representatives (deans, heads, or chairs) from schools with architecture programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, (NAAB) nominated by NCARB's regional leadership, met 25-26 March 2009 in Portland, OR. They considered 35 entries representing 29 different colleges and universities.

Both entries and jurors were divided into two groups based on regional location. Each team evaluated a set of anonymous submissions and selected finalists, which were then reviewed by the entire jury. The jury’s decision was announced during the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, 27 March 2009 in Portland, OR.

Five schools were selected for awards. The NCARB Prize grand prize—a cash award of $25,000—will be presented to Iowa State University. Four submissions were selected as NCARB Prize winners and recipients of $7,500 each. They are the University of Detroit-Mercy, Boston Architectural College, University of Kansas, and Ball State University.

NCARB is the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. The NCARB Prize supports combined practice and education projects at the university level. Submissions must represent unique efforts to integrate education and practice initiatives while allowing students to earn academic credit. Architecture schools with NAAB-accredited degree programs are invited to submit established projects, completed or in progress by the end of the Fall 2008 term, that exemplify the merging of education with practice.