01/30/20 USC Architecture Faculty Win 2020 ACSA Awards
Earlier this week, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 Architectural Education Awards, which honors architectural educators for their work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Among this year’s winners were three USC Architecture faculty members.
Professor Karen Kensek was named an ACSA Distinguished Professor, an honor that recognizes individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students over an extended period of time and/or teaching that inspired a generation of students who themselves have contributed to the advancement of architecture. Kensek has organized over a dozen symposia at USC on BIM and has received many grants supporting her research and more than three decades of teaching experience. She has also served as the scientific editor for the Façade Tectonics Institute, is the author of Building Information Modeling, and is the co-author of Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice. In addition to her multitude of industry awards, Kensek has published several book chapters and close to 100 papers and presentations and takes great pride that many of these included students as author partners.
Professors Amy Murphy and Lauren Matchison received the ACSA Diversity Achievement Award, which honors the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically underrepresented groups or contexts. As the School of Architecture’s Diversity Liaison, Murphy stewarded the creation of an ambitious Five-Year Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Other efforts include arranging training for faculty on unconscious biases, assisting students in reestablishing an active NOMAS Chapter within the School, managing the expansion of our summer high school program to include a number of scholarship students from underserved communities, and more. Matchison was recognized for her efforts toward the School of Architecture’s future high school development program, which seeks to provide historically underrepresented students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to gain admittance to university architecture degree programs nationwide.
For more information on these awards and the full list of winners, visit https://www.acsa-arch.org/awards_archives/2020-architectural-education-award-winners/.