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Awards and Prizes

Department of Architecture

Chair's Award

Awarded to graduating first-professional-degree candidates chosen from each of our master's programs for consistent, high-caliber design work performed in the design studios.

Henry Adams Medal

The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board. A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking student.

R. Buckmeister Fuller Award

The Friends of the School of Architecture and Planning present this award to a graduating bachelor of science in architecture student accepted into our MArch program. The recipient must be returning to receive this award. The student must show innovation and inventiveness in design.

Design Excellence Award

Awarded to students with outstanding studio work. 

Academic Achievement Award

Awarded to students with the highest overall GPA.

ARCC/King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research

This award is given to one student based on criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architecture or environmental research.

Alpha Ro Chi Medal

Alpha Ro Chi is a national professional fraternity. Each year it awards a medal to a first-professional-degree candidate in each accredited school of architecture in the country. The medal is awarded for leadership, service, and merit and is meant to promote professional qualities in students.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Awards and prizes honoring undergraduate student excellence:

Dean’s Awards for Academic Performance

An award to the continuing student (junior) with the highest grade point average.

Award of Academic Excellence

An award in Studio to the graduating senior who excelled in and contributed most to workshops and studios in the B.A.E.D. program

Chair’s Award for Excellence

An award in Studio to the graduating senior who excelled in and contributed most to workshops and studios in the B.A.E.D. program.

R. Buckminster Fuller Award

A biannually award to the graduating senior who is continuing on for graduate studies in the School of Architecture and Planning and who exemplifies attributes of creativity, inventiveness, and intellectual excellence.

Awards and prizes honoring graduate student excellence:

Dean’s Awards for Academic Performance

An award to the continuing student (first-year M.U.P.) with the highest grade point average.

Award of Academic Excellence

An award to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in the program.

Best Thesis and Best Project

An award to honor the highest level of achievement on culminating exercises.

Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Prize

A monetary prize for excellence in a thesis or project on a global or international topic.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Award

Awarded by the Western New York division of the American Planning Association to a graduating student to recognize the highest promise for professional excellence.