Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Bestows Distinguished Service Award on R. Wayne Drummond

    Pascale Vonier
    Nov 6, '17 1:48 PM EST

    Albuquerque, NM—November 3, 2017—At the 2017 ACSA Administrators Conference, the Board of Directors of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) recognized R. Wayne Drummond with a special Distinguished Service Award.

    Drummond’s career in architecture spans nearly fifty years. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1968, followed by a fellowship to Rice University for a Master of Architecture degree that produced an award-winning thesis on “Architecture and Urbanism 1984-1968.” This study of social justice and the impact of architecture on environmental conditions started a career-long commitment to understanding how architects and the design of cities can ameliorate suffering and promote social justice.

    Drummond began his career in academia at the University of Kansas in 1969 while also working at Kiene and Bradley Partnership Architects. He then taught at Clemson University before moving back to practice at Henningson, Durham and Richardson International from 1977 to 1979. During that time, he was design director for the $1.3 billion dollar Health Sciences Center for the King Abdelaziz University project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

    Drummond has continued his engagement in the Middle East throughout his career, serving as an educational consultant to King Faisal University in the 1980s, forging relationships with Kuwait University in the early 2000s. His engagement spans the globe, working with faculty and schools in Malaysia, Ecuador, China, Qatar, and many others.

    Drummond’s career has been guided by ethical principles that guide the profession’s best: helping the vulnerable; exploring, understanding and affirming cultural difference; sustaining the natural environment; and committing to make technological innovation serve the ends of humanity. His values guide him as an academic leader as well. He served for eight years as department head at Auburn University, from 1979 to 1987, and then for more than 20 years as dean of colleges of architecture around the country: Texas Tech from 1987 to 1990, the University of Florida from 1990 to 1999, and then the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from 2000 to 2011, where he is now dean emeritus.

    “During his career in academia, Wayne has helped hundreds of faculty find their way into tenured positions and positions of leadership across the spectrum of architecture schools, while guiding thousands of architecture students through school and into their futures,” said Francisco J. Rodriguez, ACSA president and professor of architecture at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

    Drummond served on the Board of Directors for ACSA including as president in 1998-99. He served on the the National Architectural Accrediting Board, including as president in 2007 and as president of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society from 1994 to 1996.

    About ACSA

    The mission of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is to lead architectural education and research.

    Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of over 200 member schools in several categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 300 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.

    ACSA, unique in its representative role for schools of architecture, provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA members schools.

    The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues. Such endeavors include scholarly meetings, workshops, publications, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations.

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  • Journal of Architectural Education Executive Editor Renews Tenure and Names Six New Editorial Board Members

    Pascale Vonier
    Oct 4, '17 11:37 AM EST

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is pleased to announce the reappointment of Marc J. Neveu as Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) for a four-year term. During his first term, he oversaw the redesign of the print journal by graphic design studio... View full entry

  • New JAE Issue on Production

    Pascale Vonier
    Sep 12, '17 12:33 PM EST

    The 71:1 issue of the Journal of Architectural Education was recently published on the theme of Production.  Marc Neveu, Chair of the School of Architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, serves as executive editor of the biannual peer-reviewed academic journal. Examining the role of the... View full entry

  • Volume 70 of the Journal of Architectural Education

    Pascale Vonier
    Oct 21, '16 2:34 PM EST

    In response to the August 2015 open call for papers, content for volume 70 of the JAE is split. Issue 70:1, edited by Amy Kulper, features Design as Scholarship and introduces a new design framework: Discursive Images. Issue 70:2, edited by AnnMarie Brennan and Saundra Weddle, includes... View full entry

  • How Many MOOCs Are Teaching Architecture?

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jun 8, '15 11:15 AM EST

    Much has been made of the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which some see as being poised to take over higher education. So we wanted to know: how many MOOCs are teaching architecture-related topics?It turns out, not that many. In a recent search at and elsewhere, we... View full entry

  • The Architecture Salary Poll, analyzed

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 10, '15 7:29 PM EST

    Is it bad news to work for a small firm? How much more do architecture firm workers earn if they have a license? How big is the salary gap between men and women?ACSA recently visualized nearly 5,000 responses from Archinect's Architecture Salary Poll through a searchable and browsable... View full entry

  • The Architecture Salary Poll, visualized

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jan 23, '15 8:56 PM EST

    For a few years, Archinect has been collecting anonymous salary, satisfaction, and other juicy job-related data through its Architecture Salary Poll. It's a great resource--a Glassdoor for the architecture world--and Archinect has shared this dataset with ACSA in order for us to conduct some... View full entry

  • ACSA's Community Design Directory includes details on over 200 organizations

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 31, '14 2:38 PM EST

    Fourteen years ago, The ACSA Sourcebook of Community Design Programs at Schools of Architecture in North America included just over seventy organizations. Since then, the landscape has changed. Today, we're releasing a new directory, which includes over two hundred organizations, covering... View full entry

  • This Year ACSA is Hosting Its Architecture College & Career Expo Virtually

    Pascale Vonier
    Oct 30, '14 1:03 PM EST

    At this year's ACSA Architecture College & Career Expo, students and their families will be able to do all of the things they would expect to do at an in-person event without having to travel. And it's free! Register now.Some Expo highlights include:- discovering how to select a program... View full entry

  • Live Blog: (Afternoon) Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 18, '14 4:25 PM EST

    After a glorious lunch in the sun, looking out over the bay, we're back for the first afternoon session. (You can catch up on our morning session here.) (You can also view the full survey results from the Equity in Architecture Survey 2014  here.)Amber Evans, senior associate at GouldEvans, is... View full entry

  • Live Blog: (Morning) Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 18, '14 12:07 PM EST

    There's a sold-out crowd for the big Missing 32% event today in San Francisco, at the gorgeous San Francisco Art Institute. We're in an intimate auditorium for introductions and recognition of sponsors who collectively shared $34k for the symposium.8:49 am: Rosa Sheng is explaining how she... View full entry

  • Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 3, '14 11:23 AM EST

    Lian Chikako ChangWith recent conversations on gender in architecture fueled by Julia Morgan being the first woman to receive an AIA Gold Medal, the controversy around the Pritzker Prize and Denise Scott Brown (shout out to Women in Design and to DSB who celebrates her birthday today), and of... View full entry

  • Explore Data on Over 1,800 U.S. Programs in Architecture and Related Fields

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 21, '14 1:14 PM EST

    At the ACSA, we are most familiar with the 127 U.S. and 11 Canadian schools with accredited architecture programs, but prospective students and the public are seeing a much broader context. We wanted to learn more about all the institutions that offer programs in architecture and related fields... View full entry

  • Images from ACSA's Open Cities conference in Seoul

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jul 2, '14 12:10 PM EST

    ACSA recently held our biennial international conference in Seoul, South Korea, and we wanted to share some pictures from around the city, and of the event itself.The exquisite Korea Furniture Museum.Foundation detail at the Korea Furniture Museum.Lower plaza level at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza... View full entry

  • Toyo Ito's Keynote at the ACSA International Conference in Seoul

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Jun 30, '14 5:02 PM EST

    We are in Seoul, South Korea at the esteemed Ewha Womens University, the world’s largest female educational institute, for the ACSA’s International Conference, Open Cities, and it’s time for our closing keynote, delivered by none other than Toyo Ito. Ito-san’s website includes the... View full entry

    Animated sectional diagram of Toyo Ito's Metropolitan Opera House in Taipei

  • Your Jurisdiction and You

    Michael Monti
    Jun 5, '14 7:03 PM EST

    If you’re lucky, you could live in a state that wants your school to be responsible for both the education and the training of architects!Expect cautious optimism over the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) endorsement of a path for students to earn an architectural... View full entry

  • Licensed at Graduation: NCARB Endorses Plan for Architecture Students to Complete IDP, Examination While in School

    Pascale Vonier
    Jun 2, '14 3:29 PM EST

    On Friday, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced their endorsement of a new path for architecture students —licensure upon graduation from an accredited program. Developed by the Licensure Task Force, a group comprised of leaders from NCARB, AIA, AIAS, NAAB... View full entry

  • ACSA Atlas examines economic outlook, demographic representation among students and faculty, and salaries

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Apr 13, '14 11:20 AM EST

    The ACSA Atlas is an ongoing project examining architectural education in relationship to demographics, higher education, the profession, and the economy. We've just released a new set of graphics! This is a simple count of architects per state compared with population per state. (See in full... View full entry

  • The Journal of Architectural Education Gets a New Look from Design Studio Project Projects

    Pascale Vonier
    Mar 14, '14 12:18 PM EST

    Since 1947, the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) has been the primary venue for research and commentary on architectural education. The flagship publication of the Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA), published through Taylor and Francis, has been through many... View full entry

  • Architecture school survey shows trends in budgets, applications, enrollment, and faculty hiring.

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 13, '14 11:43 AM EST

    ACSA conducted its fourth annual budget and enrollment survey of member schools this fall, asking programs about changes to their budgets, enrollment and applications, and hiring patterns. The results from 60 schools in the United States and Canada showed architecture programs facing slight... View full entry

  • What Fast Co. Design Gets Wrong, and Other Manufactured Outrages

    Michael Monti
    Dec 27, '13 1:15 PM EST

    Architecture school design/build programs, in which students both design and construct a project at full scale, can provide a tremendous learning experience. This is why over 70% of accredited architecture programs in North America have them (data here). Fast Company Design recently highlighted a... View full entry

  • Gender in Architecture School Leadership

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Nov 1, '13 5:14 PM EST

    Hello Archinect, I've been organizing spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and attending meetings, but this is the first graphic I've produced at the ACSA, so I wanted to share it here.   This one counts deans, directors, heads, and chairs in candidate and accredited architecture schools in... View full entry

  • Images from Boston Society of Architects' College Fair at Wentworth Institute of Technology

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Oct 28, '13 11:48 AM EST

    Hello! Just wanted to share a few pictures from the BSA's Architecture/Design College Fair, held at Wentworth Institute of Technology. There was a good turnout of prospective graduate and (mostly) undergraduate students to talk with representatives from fifty schools from around the USA... View full entry

  • Journal of Architectural Education Reviews Over 40 Proposals for Future Issues

    Pascale Vonier
    Oct 9, '13 9:03 PM EST

    The University of Pennsylvania School of Design hosted the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education this weekend. New executive editor Marc Neveu and the editorial board reviewed more than 40 proposals for themes of future issues. Writers from around the world responded to the... View full entry

  • Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA) Launches

    By ACSA National
    Oct 7, '13 12:02 PM EST

    Hello Archinect, Just sharing a press release from our friends across the pond. Lian *** Launch of the ARENA research network September 2013 The Architectural Research European Network Association, known as ARENA, has been launched as an open, inclusive and comprehensive network for architectural... View full entry

  • What happens after graduation? ACSA begins a Career Outcomes Data Effort

    By ACSA National
    Sep 25, '13 3:08 PM EST

    By Lian Chang, ACSA Director of Research and Information How well did your architecture school prepare you for professional practice—or for careers outside of architecture firms? Is the gender imbalance that we see in the profession’s upper echelons beginning to change in the... View full entry

  • Is There Global Competition for Students and Graduates?

    Pascale Vonier
    Sep 24, '13 11:51 AM EST

    By Michael J. Monti, ACSA Executive Director This year’s meetings of the European Heads of Schools of Architecture took up familiar themes of managing change within budgetary and other constraints, but one day’s discussion was particularly relevant to the North American context. In... View full entry

  • New ACSA Blog (and College + Career Expos in SF, Dallas, Chicago, Boston)

    By ACSA National
    Sep 19, '13 6:10 PM EST

    Hello!  The ACSA will now blog from this little corner of Archinect, sharing news, events, and conversations about architectural education in the USA, Canada, and beyond. What is the ACSA?  To start, we are not the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)... View full entry

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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. Our members are over 250 schools, including all accredited programs in the USA and Canada, schools seeking accreditation, and non-accredited and international programs--representing over 40,000 architecture faculty and students.

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