The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the recipients of the 2024 ASCA Education Awards, naming two USC Architecture faculty for exemplary work in architectural education.


Gillian Shaffer Lutsko received the AIAS/ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award for excellence and innovative teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.


Erin Kasimow was the recipient of the Creative Achievement Award which recognized specific creative achievement in teaching, design, scholarship, research, and service that advances architectural education.


Architectural Education Awards honor architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. These award-winning professors have inspired and challenged our students, and contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, extending their work beyond the borders of academia into practice and the public sector.


Gillian Shaffer Lutsko is a lecturer at USC Architecture, a designer and principal of the architecture studio, Studio Shaffer Lutsko, founded in 2020. She was also the 2022-23 Citizen Architect Fellow at USC. She was awarded the New Faculty Teaching Award for LA-ND - the yearlong Urban Strategy studio which takes the Olmsted plan as a source for inspiration to imagine the Future of Los Angeles at a broad regional and urban scale. As LA-ND suggests, the studio worked with partners that have a stake in LA’s land, including real estate investors, urban planners, community organizations, and companies with large land holdings.

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Erin Kasimow is adjunct assistant professor at USC School of Architecture and principal of EEK STUDIO founded in 2014. She received the Creative Achievement Award for The Activated Atlas  - a series of 3 advanced topic studios comprised of upper-level graduate and undergraduate students at the USC School of Architecture. Born out of the pandemic and the first semester of studio taught entirely via screen in fall 2020, it sought to exploit these conditions and invited students to harness the immediacy of working with film, photography, and social media as a way to literally locate one’s self and one’s architectural project and story within the city.

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