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Student Awards

School-wide awards

Prizes are announced at the GSAPP Commencement ceremony.
WILLIAM KINNE FELLOWS TRAVELING PRIZE

Graduating students in all programs are eligible. These awards are granted on the merit of proposals submitted for travel abroad incorporating the study of architecture, including planning and other specialized aspects of architecture. The deadline for submission of proposals via this submission form is Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

While Columbia’s policy suspending all University-related travel to safeguard against the COVID-19 threat remains in place at this time, GSAPP will still offer graduating master’s students the opportunity to apply for the Kinne Fellows Traveling Prizes. Recipients will be announced at GSAPP’s Spring Commencement on April 29th and prizes will be issued after the recipients’ graduation with the expectation that graduates will use such travel prizes in the future when it is safe to travel in accordance with applicable guidance and regulations.

GSAPP WRITING PRIZE
Graduating students in all programs are eligible. This award is given to a graduating student for an outstanding essay, paper, or thesis on the history or theory of architecture written for a class during their time enrolled at GSAPP. Students should submit one essay, paper, or thesis that they consider strongest (and best written) via the online application. The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10am EDT. Submit your proposals via the online application site here.
GSAPP VISUALIZATION AWARD
Graduating students in all programs who have taken advanced courses in Architecture’s Visual Studies sequence 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, data visualization, or fabrication. The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10am EDT. Submit your proposals via the online application site here.

Prizes open to multiple programs

LUCILLE SMYSER LOWENFISH MEMORIAL PRIZE
Graduating students in M.Arch are eligible in April 2021. Graduating students in AAD & UD are eligible in August 2021. This award is for the most outstanding student(s) in the final semester design studios.
PERCIVAL AND NAOMI GOODMAN FELLOWSHIP

M.Arch, UP, HP, and CCCP students graduating in April 2021 and AAD & UD students graduating in August 2021 are eligible to apply during the Spring 2021 semester. 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. 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. The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

While Columbia’s policy suspending all University-related travel to safeguard against the COVID-19 threat remains in place at this time, GSAPP will still offer graduating master’s students the opportunity to apply for the Kinne Fellows Traveling Prizes. Recipients will be announced at GSAPP’s Spring Commencement on April 29th and prizes will be issued after the recipients’ graduation with the expectation that graduates will use such travel prizes in the future when it is safe to travel in accordance with applicable guidance and regulations.

M. Arch Awards

The portfolios that M.Arch students are required to submit to graduate are used to assist the Committees in determining the recipients of these awards. Portfolios must be submitted by Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5pm EDT. This is a strict deadline.
CHARLES McKIM PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN / SAUL KAPLAN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP
This prize recognizes 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.
AIA HENRY ADAMS MEDAL
This prize is awarded to the student who has maintained the best general standard in all sequences during the professional course over the past 2-3 years in the School.
ALPHA RHO CHI MEDAL
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 their attitude and personality.
THE EVANS SIMPSON ’88 M.ARCH PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
The prize is for high quality of work in the design studios during the student’s program of studies at Columbia.
HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
This award is for student engagement, leadership, and high academic attainment within design studios in the M.Arch Program.
HONOR AWARD FOR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
This prize is awarded to the student who most demonstrates an ability to incorporate building science and technologies into the issues of architectural design. Selection is based on students’ academic record in Building Technology coursework and the portfolio review. Applying students’ end of year portfolios should include work from advanced Building Science and Technologies courses.
HONOR AWARD FOR DESIGN AND VISUALIZATION
This prize is given for innovative use of computing media in architectural or urban research, design, and fabrication. The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10am EDT. Submit your proposals via the GSAPP Visualization Award online application site here.
ALI JAWAD MALIK MEMORIAL HISTORY/THEORY HONOR AWARD
This award is in recognition of the high quality of work in the History/Theory sequence. Students nominated by the History/Theory faculty will be invited to submit a selection of their writing to be reviewed by the faculty committee.
‘AVERY 6’ AWARD

This non-monetary, student-nominated prize is awarded to the graduating M.Arch student:

  1. Whose work questions the standards of architecture and promises to change the profession.
  2. Whose commitment within studio and the school at large has earned the respect of the student body.

AUD 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. AAD and UD portfolios will be due in August 2021.
GSAPP PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN URBAN DESIGN
This award recognizes the student whose work in the Urban Design Program has been the most outstanding.
HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN URBAN DESIGN
This award recognizes the students who have demonstrated significant leadership, service, and commitment to collaboration in the Urban Design Program.

AAD 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. AAD and UD portfolios will be due in August 2021.
WILLIAM WARE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN / SAUL KAPLAN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP
This prize is awarded to recognize the student whose work in the studios has been outstanding and is funded by a bequest from Saul Kaplan (M.Arch ‘57).
HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
This award is for student engagement, leadership, and high academic attainment within design studios in the AAD Program.
HONOR AWARD FOR ARGUMENTS IN DESIGN
The prize is for a student whose work has been outstanding in the formulation of agendas and positions—that is, arguments and the way in which they take part in the advancement of architectural design.

CCCP Awards

CCCP PROGRAM AWARD
This prize is for a significant contribution to the culture of research, practice, and the public sphere within the CCCP Program.
HONOR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING THESIS IN CCCP
For the thesis that best demonstrates rigorous development of critical, curatorial, and conceptual practices, and the most complementary format or medium in its realization

HP AWARDS

ONERA PRIZE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
This prize is awarded to a graduating student from Columbia GSAPP’s M.S. Program in Historic Preservation to conduct a project that tests new preservation theories in practice.
HONOR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING THESIS IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
For a Masters’ thesis that best demonstrates excellence in the field of Historic Preservation
PEER TO PEER AWARD
This non-monetary, student-nominated award is given in recognition of outstanding service to classmates, faculty, and school.

UP Awards

AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD
This prize is for outstanding attainment in the study of Urban Planning.
NEW YORK CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION’S AWARD
This award is for academic excellence and leadership in Urban Planning.
CHARLES ABRAMS THESIS AWARD
For a thesis that best exemplifies a commitment to social justice.
HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN URBAN PLANNING
This award is for student engagement, leadership, and high academic attainment within the Urban Planning Program.
PEER TO PEER AWARD
This non-monetary, student-nominated award is given in recognition of outstanding service to classmates, faculty, and school.

RED AWARDS

HANK BELL ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD
This award is for the student that best embodies Professor Emeritus Hank Bell’s entrepreneurial spirit.
HONOR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
This award is for student engagement, leadership, and high academic attainment within the Real Estate Development Program.