UIA Award for Innovation in Architectural Education

“Capitalizing on sub-zero temperatures for almost six months in Longyearbyen, this project tests the stretching and freezing of textiles to create semi-permanent structures”: from Architectural Education Through On-Site Collaboration – Architecture and Extreme Environments at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture.
The UIA is pleased to announce that 16 projects from 9 countries on 4 continents were submitted to the inaugural edition of the UIA Innovation in Architectural Education Award, organised by the UIA Education Commission and launched in November 2019, to celebrate innovation across cultural and geographic boundaries and to promote inspiring pedagogical practices contributing to the creation of sustainable environments.The Jury, consisting of Oya Atalay Franck (Switzerland), Harriet Harriss (United Kingdom/USA), Derya Oktay (Turkey), Konstantin Kiyanenko (Russia), Thomas Fisher (USA), Beatriz Maturana Cossio (Chile), Mustapha Mohd Saleh (Malaysia), Lindy Osborne Burton (Australia), Carin Smuts (South Africa) and Hassan Radoine (Morocco) met on 25 January and recognised entries on the basis of two key criteria: 1) excellence in pedagogical practice and 2) excellence in shaping a
sustainable future.
“External Craftsmanship Masters”, “International Collaboration,” & “Public Participation” from Living Construction in Rural Communities at School of Architecture, Southeast University.
The Jury awarded 4 entries

Region 1: The Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture, Copenhagen (Denmark), David A. GarciaArchitectural Education Through On-Site Collaboration – Architecture and Extreme Environments“In close collaboration with local communities who are situated in extreme environments globally, this programme impressively engages with all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while demonstrating great sensitivity to environmental issues and the integration of research into design.” 

Region 3: University of Washington – Seattle (USA), College of Built Environment, Department of Architecture, Elizabeth M. GoldenSeminar: Traditional Building Methods: New Adaptations“An innovative and powerful programme that involves interdisciplinary and international collaboration/participation, with a focus on building construction, using tradition building methods and hands-on learning.” 

Region 4: School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing (China), Zhang Tong, the staff and students at the School of ArchitectureLiving Construction in Rural Communities“The innovative 6-year, M.Arch programme weaves together architectural, cultural, social and environmental learning, bringing an impressive focus on issues central to rural communities (building traditions, physical restoration, and community revitalization).” 

Region 4: School of Architecture – Tsinghua University (China), Song YehaoSustainable Design Studio“A wonderful collaboration between architecture academics, students and local communities.  Pedagogically and sustainably grounded, it provides an exciting range of real-world learning opportunities, to demonstrate through built projects how design can incorporate unique vernacular materials and approaches through ‘learning by doing’.”
Student-led workshops:, Rammed Earth (left) and Bamboo (right) from Traditional Building Methods: New Adaptations at University of Washington – Seattle.
The Jury further identified 3 entries to be commended for their inspiring proposals that successfully bridge gaps between architects and communities and between various built environment disciplines: 

Region 1: ETSAB-UPC: Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (Spain), Program directors: Ibon Bilbao and Josep Bohigas and Dean of the School: Félix SolagurenCommunity Architects – Arquitectos de Cabecera Studio Unit (Taller Temàtic AC) 

Region 4: School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing (China), Han Dongqing and Bao Li and the staff and students at the School of ArchitecturePositive Intervention in Urban Transition 

Region 4: School of Architecture, Southeast University, Nanjing (China), Wang Jianguo, Han Dongqing, Bao Li, and the staff and students at the School of ArchitectureInter-learning upon Disciplinary Integration