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Master of Architecture Student Awards

The portfolios that M.Arch, AAD, & UD students are required to submit to graduate are used to assist the Committees in determining the recipients of these awards. Portfolios should be submitted to the Dean's Office, 402 Avery Hall by 10 am, Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. This is a strict deadline. All awards will be announced at the School Commencement ceremony.

Honor Awards for Excellence in Design

Graduating students in M.Arch, AAD & UD are eligible. The prize is for high quality of work in the design studios during the student’s program of studies at Columbia.

Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design / Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship

Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible. This prize is awarded to recognize the student whose work throughout the studios has been outstanding and is funded by a bequest from Saul Kaplan (M.Arch ‘57). The prize is for travel and study following graduation.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal

Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible. This prize is for the student who has shown ability in leadership over the past 2-3 years in the School and who gives promise of professional merit through his/her attitude and personality.

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and Certificate

Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible. These prizes are awarded to the students who have maintained the best general standard in all sequences during the professional course over the past 2-3 years in the School.

Award for Excellence in Total Design

Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible. The prize is for excellence in total design.

Building Technologies Honor Award

*Applying students’ end of year portfolios should include work from advanced Building Science and Technologies courses.

Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible. This award is awarded to the student who most demonstrates an ability to incorporate building science and technologies into the issues of architectural design.  Selection for this award is based on a combination of grades from the core architectural technologies courses (AT1 through AT5), building science and technology elective coursework, as well as portfolio review.  

School Service Award

This prize is awarded to a graduating student who has performed willing service to the School, and gives promise of real professional merit through attitude and character.  It is intended as a recommendation of high ideals and professional aspirations.

'Avery 6' Award

1. This student-nominated prize is awarded to the graduating M.Arch student whose work questions the standards of architecture and promises to change the profession.

2. This student-nominated prize is awarded to the graduating M.Arch student whose commitment within studio and the school at large has earned the respect of the student body.

Visual Studies Award

Computing/Media/Design award Graduating students in M.Arch, AAD, UD & CCCP are eligible. This prize is for innovative use of computing media in architectural research, design and fabrication. This may include spatial explorations, which involve simulations/animations, multimedia scripting, interactive environments/interfaces, datavisualization, or fabrication. Students who wish to be considered for this prize should submit their projects on CD-ROM, DVD or as a URL to a web site, to the Dean's Office, 402 Avery Hall, by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. Award is announced at graduation.

Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize

Graduating students in M.Arch, AAD & UD are eligible. This award is given to the graduating student who submits the best final semester design problem in each studio section. Decision is made by studio critic prior to commencement.

Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship

Graduating students in M.Arch, AAD, UP, UD, HP, and CCCP are eligible. The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable the recipient to carry out a project of social significance related to the interests of Percival Goodman. Projects should be strongly humanist and excite the possibility that lives can be changed for the better. Proposal deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014, 12 PM. The project may be undertaken anywhere in the world. It may last up to one year after graduation and must be concluded with a final report.

Please see the Goodman Fellowship webpage for more information and application instructions.