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2024 Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to 2024 CBE Graduates!

The College of Built Environments celebrates all of our new graduates and their spectacular academic achievements.

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View the 2024 CBE Graduation program. 

In addition, many students stand out for additional acknowledgement as identified by their respective departments.

GRADUATE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS

AIA MEDAL FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE  

https://www.aia.org/resource-center/medal-academic-excellence

The AIA Medal for Academic Excellence is awarded to the top graduating students with a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, or Doctor of Architecture from schools accredited by NAAB or CACB. Awardee based on highest GPA.

ALPHA RHO CHI BRONZE MEDAL

https://alpharhochi.org/medal

Judged by the faculty of each school, the medal is presented to the graduating senior who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for his or her school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through their attitude and personality. Only one nominee per each accredited institution is accepted. Awardee selected via faculty nomination and vote.

BTES EDWARD ALLEN AWARD

https://btes.org/BTES/awards/ed-allen-award/

The Edward Allen Student Award is the highest honor given by the Building Technology Educators’ Society recognizing students–who over their academic career–have demonstrated commitment, passion, curiosity, and excellence in the integration of building technology and architectural design. Awardee selected via faculty nomination and vote.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE FACULTY MEDAL

This award is given by the Department of Architecture faculty to a student in the Master of Architecture program for high standing in design and general scholarship. Awardee selected via faculty nomination and vote.

TAU SIGMA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP NOMINATION

https://tausigmadelta.org/operating-procedures/

Nominations go to the top 20% of graduation class (undergraduate and graduate) based on GPA only. To join the honor society, student must accept and pay the TSD membership fee.

UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS

UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURE PRIZEThis is awarded by the Department of Architecture faculty to the top-ranking graduating senior in each program, the Architectural Studies and Architectural Design majors, as measured by their cumulative GPA.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE FACULTY AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND LEADERSHIPThis certificate is awarded by the Department of Architecture faculty to a student from the Architectural Studies or Architectural Design program for high standing in scholarship and leadership.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE FACULTY AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND DESIGNThis honor is awarded by the Department of Architecture faculty to a student in the BA Architectural Design program for high standing in design and general scholarship.

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE FACULTY AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND WRITING
This honor is awarded by the Department of Architecture faculty to a student in the BA Architectural Studies program for high standing in research-driven writing and general scholarship

LAF OLMSTED SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.
ASLA NATIONAL STUDENT AWARDS
Each year the UW LA faculty may nominate MLA and BLA candidates for this prestigious national award, based upon outstanding scholarship, skill in the art and technology of landscape architecture, design ability, and personal and interpersonal qualities.
SIGMA LAMBDA ALPHA

Sigma Lambda Alpha is an exclusive honor society that recognizes academic excellence and leadership in the field of landscape architecture.

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING FACULTY MEDAL

Graduate students completing the MUP or PhD program, full or part time, who have been enrolled in the current academic year (Autumn – Summer) are eligible for the Faculty Medal award. The criteria are included in the resolution below. Your nomination should include: name of nominee, degree program, status; outstanding contributions/accomplishments demonstrated in research or theoretical developments in the field; potential for future contributions to the field within its aesthetic, economic, social, theoretical, philosophical and/or cultural dimensions

To be awarded to a MUP or PhD student who has done exceptional work intellectually within our field in theory and/or research and who shows promise for continuing to contribute to our understanding of urban design and planning.

The Medal is not to be based on GPA, or quantity of courses, or professional skills.  It is to be awarded based on level and quality of intellectual inquiry exhibited in the writings and thoughts of the individual.

Resolution Passed by the Faculty May 1988
Whereas urban design and planning is both science and art, requiring technical skills as well as creativity, a measure of pragmatism coupled with an ability to generate, with others, alternatives to the physical, social, economic and political environments in which we live; and

Whereas the evolving nature of the discipline requires a broad-gauged educational base of understanding along with technical competence and methods transferable to a range of situations; and

Whereas continuous research and theoretical development is essential to advance the discipline of urban design and planning; and

Whereas the faculty is committed to encouraging students to pursue intellectual achievement through research, critical inquiry and debate, and explorations of the evolving theoretical underpinnings of the field, Now Therefore

Be It Resolved that the Faculty of Urban Design and Planning will award annually the Faculty Medal to a graduate student completing the program who has shown exceptional ability to advance understanding in the discipline of design and planning through significant contributions in research or theoretical development

and

gives promise of intellectual leadership within the profession through continued explorations of the aesthetic, economic, social, theoretical, philosophical and/or cultural dimensions of urban design and planning.

Previous Award Winners:

  • Bradshaw Hovey
  • Kerry Brooks
  • Terry Galiney
  • Orit Sarfaty
  • Adrienne Greve
  • Ken Alper
  • John Carruthers
  • Vivek Shandas
  • Alon Bassok
  • Phil Hurvitz
  • Ruth Lindberg
  • Peter Schmiedeskamp
  • Sahera Bleibleh
  • So-Ra Baek
  • Karen Dyson
  • Keith Harris
  • Susmita Rishi
  • Evan Carver
  • Tracy Fuentes
  • Katherine Idziorek
  • Feiyang Sun
  • Xiao Shi
  • Yiyuan Wang
  • Meen Chel Jung

OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD

The Department of Urban Design and Planning may nominate one student graduating Autumn 2023- Summer 2024 from the MUP program.  Criteria for selection are to be established by the Department. The following are consistent measures we have used in the past:

  1. High overall scholarship—measured by GPA, generally above 3.5.
  2. Ranking in class—comparative academic rank with others in class.
  3. Quality of work in planning courses—examples of quality in class projects, studios, research papers, and particularly the thesis/professional project underway. Quality in this case is measured by choice of topic, overall development, writing – management – organizing skills, etcetera.
  4. Leadership qualities—measured by role/contributions in Planning Student Association and College and Departmental committees and activities.
  5. Professional and personal maturity—measured by student’s degree of independence, general awareness and roles/responsibilities in professional activities (jobs, internships, offices held etcetera.).
  6. Promise of success as a professional planner—variety of measures including initiative, personable qualities, ethical qualities, dedication and interests, etcetera.

2023 Recipient: Alex King

2022 Recipient: Samara Ressler

UDP OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS

One award should be given to a student in each program: MUP, MIPM and PhD. The awards are typically given to a 2nd year + student. Students nominated for the UDP Outstanding Student Award should have high overall scholarship, rank highly within their class, the quality of work in planning courses should be high, and they should exhibit leadership qualities, professional and personal maturity, and promise of success as a professional planner.

PhD

2021 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding PhD Student: Lan Nguyen

2022 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding PhD Student: Ana Costa

2023 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding PhD Student: Lamis Ashour

MUP
2021 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding MUP Student:
Cristina Cano-Calhoun

2022 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding MUP Student: Liam Tevlin

2023 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding MUP Student: Anna Malesis (Honorable Mention: Charlotte Hevly)

MIPM

2022 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding MIPM Student: David Jackson

2023 Urban Design and Planning Outstanding MIPM Student: Matthew Martin (Honorable Mention: Ethan Kraft)

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING SPECIAL SERVICE RECOGNITION AWARD

Students nominated for the Special Service Recognition Award should be measured by their role/contribution in the Planning Student Association and College and Department activities. Students in the MUP and PhD programs can be considered for the award. Students from all years of study can be considered for the award.  Limit 5 Service Awards for the MUP to include first and second year; limit 2 Service Awards for the  Ph.D. students taking into consideration 2 years of service; per faculty vote June 8, 2021.

2021: Lamis Ashour, Skye D’Aquila, Markus Johnson, Alex King, Yuqi Li, Adela Mu, Tyler Quinn-Smith, Samara Ressler, Antonia Stinnett

2022: MUP: Adela Mu, Tyler Quinn-Smith, Markus Johnson; PhD: Mingming Cai, Tianqi Zou

2023: MUP:  Nick Edman, Carey Jang, Christian Mower; PhD: Julie Hower, Pranjali Rai

The College of Built Environments is proud to announce several faculty and staff awards to celebrate the 2023 – 24 academic year. Thank you for your contributions to college on behalf of our students. Congratulations to our 2023 – 24 award winners. Winners announced the week of June 3.

Eligible to nominate: CBE Students

We are currently accepting nominations for the Lionel “Spike” Pries Award for Teaching Excellence. This award—created by students in the College of Built Environments—recognizes the outstanding teaching of our CBE faculty.

Named after the legendary and inspirational professor Lionel H. (“Spike”) Pries (1897-1968) who taught in the architecture program from 1928 to 1958, this annual award recognizes excellence in teaching during the past academic year.

All faculty within the college, with the exception of the previous year’s winner (Catherine De Almeida/Landscape Architecture), are eligible.

Nominations accepted here!

Eligible to nominate: CBE Faculty and Staff

The Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has made the most notable contributions in their field or to the community in research and/or service, or to their department or college, or to students through teaching and/or service during this academic year, as voted on by the College Council.

Eligibility:  All full-time CBE faculty.

Ineligible: Faculty holding administrative positions—Dean, Associate Deans, or departmental chair—or those who have received the award in the past three years (Keith Harris, Gundula Proksch and Jeffrey Ochsner).

Nominations accepted here!

Eligible to nominate: CBE Faculty and Staff

The Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award recognizes a part-time faculty member who has made the most notable contributions in their field or to the community in research and/or service, or to their department or college, or to students through teaching and/or service during this academic year, as voted on by the College Council.

Eligibility:

  • All part-time CBE faculty members (including lecturers and affiliate faculty of all ranks) can be considered for the award.
  • Part-time faculty members nominated must have taught at least one course during the current academic year and must have taught at least one course each year for the previous five years.
  • Faculty members are not eligible to receive the award if they have received the award within the previous three years (Steve Withycombe and Marty Curry).

Nominations accepted here!

Eligible to nominate: CBE Faculty, Staff, and Students

The CBE Distinguished Staff Award recognizes the recipient’s extraordinary contributions to the College. The nominee should contribute to a positive collegial environment for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students, with a focus on promoting unity and communication as well as demonstrating an extraordinary level of commitment, leadership and collaboration within the CBE.

Eligibility:

  • Staff need to have been employed at CBE for the last six months at 50% or more.
  • Ineligible staff include previous two years’ winners (n/a 2024).

Nominations accepted here!