NCARB Prize awarded to “Chicago Studio”

Chicago Studio has been awarded the NCARB Prize (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. This unique set of courses was developed by Kathryn Clarke Albright, AIA, associate professor and foundation program chair in Virginia’s Tech’s architecture program in the School of Architecture + Design. Thirty-three entries, representing 26 colleges and universities, were juried for the 2005 NCARB Prize.

The NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy recognizes excellence and innovation when bringing together architectural education and practice. Architecture schools with NAAB-accredited (National Architectural Accrediting Board) degree programs were invited to submit established projects, completed or in progress by the end of the fall 2004 semester, that demonstrated creative initiatives that integrate the academy and the profession within a studio curriculum. The NCARB Prize was first initiated in the fall of 2001.

Virginia Tech’s winning entry “Chicago Studio” provided an alternate model for a traditional upper-level design studio. The studio is built around a series of integrated, collaborative courses that introduce daily professional practice activities in an urban setting. Student teams create a collective master plan for one of three sites along the Chicago River; each student then designs a building for that master plan.

Other winners include Miami University, University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago and grand prize winner University at Buffalo/The State University of New York (SUNY).