SOA wins the first NCARB grand prize

The Nautilus, Winter 2002

Photo: Dean Stephen Vogel and Design Center Director Dan Pitera accept the NCARB prize check in Boston.





The University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture was awarded the $25,000 National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) 2002 grand prize for the Detroit Collaborative Design Center’s work to develop “Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy.”

The award announcement came at the NCARB annual meeting last June in Boston. This is the first year of what will become an annual prize. The UDM SOA beat out 47 schools of architecture for the prize, including five other finalists—Arizona State University, Auburn University, Miami University, North Carolina State University and University of Pennsylvania.

The presentations of the six finalists were published in a catalogue by NCARB that was distributed to the 115 accredited schools of architecture.

Dean Stephen Vogel and Design Center Director and Associate Professor Dan Pitera were in Boston with the other finalists for the surprise announcement and accepted the check on behalf of the SOA.