Architecture+Design Receives 2013 NCARB Award

On November, 15, 2013, NCARB (The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) announced the selection of three architecture programs to receive 2013 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education.

 The University of Massachusetts Amherst was amongst Florida Atlantic University and Kansas State University to be selected for this honor.  

The UMass Amherst proposal, "Voices from the Field: From Design Concept to Reality," was awarded $25,000.  Through a series of bi-weekly site tours and firm visits, this seminar will expose students to the nuances of the construction process-knowledge typically attained after graduation.  By examining active projects throughout the Western Massachusetts region, students will learn about the relationship between concept and technical design, develop an understanding of construction sequences, and become familiar with the architect's role in construction administration.  During site visits, students will also get the chance to compare documentation to projects in construction.  This seminar exemplifies the way architecture students of the future should integrate construction needs into the design process.

This seminar proposal will complement the UMass Amherst Architecture+Design program's historically innovative curricula, which includes currently includes courses focused on construction observation, project management, integration, and professional practice.