The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architecture education and who has made outstanding contributions to architecture education on the North American continent.
The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion will be presented at the 2011 AIA National Convention and Design Expo in New Orleans and at the ACSA Annual Meeting in Quebec. The recipient will also be acknowledged in AIA publications and electronic media.
Any colleague, student, or former student may nominate a candidate for the Topaz Medallion who
- Has evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on a long line of students
- Has evidenced great breadth, having influenced a wide range of students
- Has consistently directed his or her activities toward the future as well as the past
- Has evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or has made connections between areas, in the event that the candidate's areas of focus might be considered circumscribed
- Is widely known by the quality of his or her products—by those who also taught, by those who practiced architecture, and by those who perhaps did neither
The completed submission must be submitted on a disk and received by October 22, 2010.