CED alumna, Karen M. Kensek (M.Arch '86) has been named a "Distinguished Professor" by the ACSA. From 1986 to 1991, Kensek also served the college as a lecturer.
ACSA DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
To recognize individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence upon students over an extended period of time and/or teaching which inspired a generation of students who themselves have contributed to the advancement of architecture.
"Karen Kensek is a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching concentrates on the evolving role of digital design and its applications to the building profession with special focus on the building sciences. She taught at Berkeley for several years prior to joining the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1991.
She has organized over a dozen symposia at USC on BIM with sub-themes on education, sustainable design, construction and fabrication, analytical modeling and evidence based design, BIM management and implementation, the future of BIM, and more. She has also served as scientific editor for the Façade Tectonics Institute. She is the author of Building Information Modeling available in English (Routledge 2014), French (Eyrolles 2015), Chinese (China Architecture & Building Press 2017), and Portuguese (Elsevier 2018), and she is the co-author of Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice (Wiley 2014).
She has received dozens of grants supporting her research and teaching. She was awarded the 2016 AIA Presidential Citation (AIA Los Angeles), the 2014 AIA CC AEP Educator Award, the 2014 ACSA Creative Achievement Award (co-winner), the 2013 USC Mellon Mentoring Award, the 2012 NCARB Award for the Integration of Practice and Education (part of team), the 2007 NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education (co-winner), the USC Tau Sigma Delta Medal for Distinction in Teaching, Design Intelligence’s 30 Most Admired Faculty, and was recently named a USC Center for Excellence Teaching Faculty Fellow. She was an early member of the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and became president of the organization in 1995-6. She has published several book chapters, close to 100 papers and presentations, and takes great pride that many of these included students as author partners."