The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) recently announced its 2019 Architectural Education Awards, honoring architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners are those who "inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector." CED architecture alumni Joseph Godlewski (M.S. Architecture ‘09, Ph.D. Architecture ‘15) and Sandra Vivanco (B.A. Arch. ‘85) both won awards this year in the New Faculty Teaching and Diversity Achievement Award categories, respectively.
Joseph Godlewski -- New Faculty Teaching Award
Joseph Godlewski was recognized as one of three recipients for the New Faculty Teaching Award for his “demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.” The award is given jointly by the ACSA and the national student group the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and recognizes outstanding teaching abilities exhibited by faculty with a maximum of 10 academic semesters or 15 quarters of full-time teaching experience.
An architectural theorist, historian, and practitioner, Godlewski teaches courses in theory and design and in the Renée Crown University Honors Program. Examining the architecture and urbanism of Nigeria, Godlewski’s research focuses on the history of the built environment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is also an active discussant and participant in school-related matters of studio culture and has published on the topic in several national and international venues. His writing has been featured in various forums including The Plan Journal, Architecture Research Quarterly, CLOG, MONU, ArchDaily.com, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and the book The Dissertation: An Architecture Student’s Handbook (Routledge, 2014).
Godlewski’s new textbook, Introduction to Architecture: Global Disciplinary Knowledge (Cognella, 2018) seeks to expand the repertoire of conventional architectural theory anthologies by including texts written by a range of authors globally emphasizing the process of co-creation and circulation of ideas across cultures.
Sandra Vivanco -- Diversity Achievement Award
Sandra Vivanco was awarded the Diversity Achievement Award, which recognizes "the work of faculty, administrators, or students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel, and student bodies, specifically to incorporate the participation and contributions of historically under-represented groups or contexts." Recipients are chosen based on the positive stimulating influence they have had on diversity within architecture education, schools, and/or the community at large.
Vivanco is a professor of architecture and diversity studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. As the founding principal of A+D, Architecture + Design in San Francisco, her firm is based on the premise that social equity and excellence in design can and should co-exist. The work of A+D has been recognized globally, and as one of a handful of Latina-led architecture practices in the country, it explores cultural identity representation as design inspiration for new and invigorated public spaces.
Vivanco has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Italy, and Brazil. As a 2003 Fulbright Scholar, she explored the role of gender in the formation of Peruvian modernity and taught in the graduate architecture school at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima. Since 2004 she has led PeruStudio, CDMX Material CulturesStudio, and Terra Brasilis Studio. All three are summer traveling urban research and design-build workshops. Vivanco has authored several articles on Latin American 20th-century architecture, including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America, and Baroque New Worlds.
Widely recognized as a rigorous modern architect with a deep commitment to building the commons, she is also well known as a Latinx cultural expert for her deep knowledge of modern art and architecture in Latin America.