Design Duluth & Julia Robinson Win ACSA Awards

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture honored our Design Duluth studio with a Collaborative Practice Award and Julia Robinson with a Distinguished Faculty Award.


The Collaborative Practice Award recognizes best practices in school-based community outreach programs. Design Duluth launched in fall 2012 as an interdisciplinary graduate-level architecture and landscape architecture design studio to help the city of Duluth plan for a resilient future. It’s grown to a long-term collaboration between the students and professors and more than twenty public, private, and government stakeholders. Design Duluth challenges the norm of academic autonomy by integrating community partners and outside experts into the studios as equal participants and emphasizing resilience throughout teaching, research, and relationship-building.

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.37.50 PM.pngThe ACSA Distinguished Professor Award recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service. Julia Robinson (FAIA) has contributed to the architectural profession with ground-breaking teaching and research in social concern, knowledge-based design, and the development of a globally-oriented profession. Her work has influenced the design and creation of socially appropriate and innovative environments, while helping to transform architecture into the international knowledge-based profession and discipline that it is today. Notable courses include research-based studios in New Orleans, Mexico City, and the Netherlands; Community Design for Density, and Programming as Design, which introduced students to digital studio formats for design exploration.

Design Duluth representatives and Robinson will accept their awards at the 103rd annual ASCA meeting in Toronto this March.

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