The American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
Latrobe Prize Call for Submissions
The American Institute of Architects 1735 New York Ave NW Washington, DC 20006-5292
AIA College of Fellows Founded in 1952, the College of Fellows is composed of members of the Institute who are elevated to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievement of the architect as an individual, but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.
Contents Informational Research Theme Thesis & Overall Goals Research Areas of Interest History of the Latrobe Prize Submission Criteria
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Informational The AIA College of Fellows invites individuals and teams to submit proposals for the 2019 Latrobe Prize Awarded to a research proposal that has the long-range potential to resolve one or more 21st century architectural and built environment challenges, the Latrobe Prize provides the recipient with $100,000 to conduct research on a critical issue and to develop a solution that enhances the current practice of architecture, construction practices and processes.
The Latrobe Prize The AIA College of Fellowsâ€™ mission is to support the Institute and advance the profession of architecture. Toward that end, the College seeks to encourage research that broadens the perspective and scope of architecture to include cross-disciplinary fields and expertise through its biennial competition: the Latrobe Prize. Research proposals for the Latrobe Prize may include, but are not limited to, building materials and delivery systems, digital design, computer simulation and modeling, energy, eco-design, or integrated design-construction practices and processes. 5
Background The 2017 Research Theme of the Latrobe Prize was noted as: “ Adaptive Re-use and Regenerative Buildings and was awarded to a submittal entitled: “ Future-Use Architecture… design for persistent change”. Key concepts identified in the winning submittal that continue to excite the COF include: - Avoiding Building Obsolescence - Longevity and Change - Durability and Adaptability - Uncertainty and Anticipatory - Systems Integration - Building Transformation 6
Research Theme Intent of the 2019 Latrobe Prize Theme • Build on the previous, 2017 concepts, so that over time, a more comprehensive “body of knowledge “is developed for use by the practicing architect. • Focus on “themes” that are primarily usable and applicable to Architect Practitioners in design decision making for any building type. • Focus on themes that add objective data to the practicing architect irrespective of the building type. • Focus on research methodologies that are valid, defensible with some appropriate objectivity and metrics as opposed to subjective opinion. • Focus on themes and methodologies that Clients will view as truly “Value Added” as opposed to the Architect’s marketing speak. • The outcome of the research may begin a dialogue on value added services that could change the architect’s method of compensation commensurate with the value added. • As important as they may be, avoid topics which have great visionary, longer term interest in favor of proposals presented with immediate/near term application. Strategically, by building a series of near term applications, the COF hopes to evolve a long term vision for the profession through the collection of near term efforts. 7
Thesis & Overall Goals • Expand the influence of design beyond buildings: While architects see “building design and construction as the end”, clients see “buildings as a means to the end”. For the Client, however, “ the end” is the ongoing success of operations, enhanced human performance and behavior and user satisfaction irrespective of the type of use. The Client sees the building simply as a “vessel” to accommodate their required operations and to enhance their occupant performance and experience. • Move beyond influencing the design and construction of a one time Capital Expenditure (Cap Ex) and begin to influence the greater, long term, cost of Operating Expense (Op Ex) created by enhanced human performance, behavior and success. • While the 2017 Latrobe is “Building Centric”, the complementary goal of the 2019 Latrobe would be to explore “Human Performance” as an integrated extension of the 2017 Latrobe research. Buildings + Human Performance. • Assist practicing architects in developing a body of knowledge that permits architects to defend their design decisions and add value (however defined) to a client. An outcome would be to enhance the role, responsibility, respect, trust and even change the methodology of compensation, of the architect. 9
Research Areas of Interest Buildings + Human Performance Themes of the 2019 Latrobe Applications should explore Improved Human Performance and behavior resulting from Architectural Design Excellence. Most importantly, the 2019 Latrobe Proposals could explore a number of areas involving human performance which are being influenced by changing cultural norms. Cultural Context: Begin with a perspective of the cultural environment affecting human behavior now and resulting in an uncertain future including: • Robotics: What role will humans play in the work place and what will the designed environment be for a robot? • Artificial Intelligence: Unforeseeable uses of A.I., increased use of sensors, smart buildings. Access to more data. Driverless cars that could affect the independence of an aging population. • Bio Medical Science: Advances in medical research that alters the aging process and elimination of specific diseases. The growing needs of an increasing number of elderly, use of robots in the home. What will our residential environments look like? • Health Care Delivery: Altered health care services; access, service delivery, telemedicine, self diagnosis and robotic surgery • Education: Altered learning; electronic data providing access any where/ any time rather than as a traditional 4 year event if at all. • Workplace: Redefining workplace- from traditional office to work at home or in shared (WeWork) spaces. • Chemistry: Advances in chemistry that produces lighter, more resilient building material. Increased use of 3D printing for construction • Mental Illness: More than a disease but now a homeless crisis. • Consumerism: Once the heart of our economy, technology is redefining consumerism: On-line vs. retail malls. Use of drone delivery. 11
In 2000, the College of Fellows established a grants program in research intended to serve as a catalyst for significant investigation into issues important to the profession. The program began as the Latrobe Fellowship with the initial grant of $50,000. In 2003, the grant was increased to $100,000 to be given over a two-year period, and, in 2007, was renamed the Latrobe Prize. 12
History of the Latrobe 2001 Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake Research into new material development and application, with the publication of Refabricating Architecture 2003 Fundamental Neuroscience Research and Development for Architecture Principal Investigator: Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 2005 Developing an EvidenceBased Design Model that Measures Human Response: A Pilot Study of a Collaborative, TransDisciplinary Model in a Healthcare Setting Principal Investigator: Chong Partners Architecture, in partnership with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and the University of California, Berkeley
2007 On the Water, A Model for the Future: A Study of New York and Jersey Upper Bay Principle Investigators: Guy Nordenson; Princeton University with Stanley T. Allen, AIA; Catherine Seavitt, AIA; James Smith and Michael Tantala, Tantala Associates; Adam Yarinsky and Stephen Cassell, Architecture Research Office 2009 Growing Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get Off the Grid - Principal Investigators: Martin Felsen, AIA, and Sarah Dunn 2011 Public Interest Practices in Architecture Principal Investigators: Bryan Bell, Roberta Feldman, Sergio Palleroni and David Perkes, AIA
2013 Urban Sphere: The City of Seven Billion Principal Investigators: Joyce Hsiang, Assoc. AIA, and Bimal Mendis, Assoc. AIA 2015 Drylands Resilience Initiative: Digital Tools for Sustainable Urban Design in Arid and Semi-Arid Urban Centers Principal Investigators: Hadley Arnold Peter Arnold 2017 Future-Use Architecture -Design for persistent change Principal Investigators: Peter Wiederspahn, AIA, Michelle Laboy, PE, and David Fannon, AIA with Northeastern Universityâ€™s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory
Jury: Marilyn J. Taylor, FAIA - Chair University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Antoine Predock, FAIA Predock Architects 2006 AIA Gold Medalist Albuquerque, NM Marvin Malecha, FAIA New School of Architecture + Design 2009 AIA President San Diego, CA Curtis Fentress, FAIA Fentress Architects Denver, CO 14
Gordon Chong, FAIA 2002 AIA President 3rd Recipient of the Latrobe Prize Lafayette, CA Edward Vance, FAIA Vice Chancellor AIA College of Fellows Las Vegas, NV John Castellana, FAIA Observer Secretary AIA College of Fellows Bloomfield Hills, MI
Submission Info Evaluation Criteria • Relevance of the proposed research program to the general goals and objectives of the College of Fellows, the Latrobe Prize program, and the 2017 theme. • Breadth, depth, and innovativeness of the research programs. • Projected applications of research outcomes to practice. • Benefits of research outcomes to professional and public constituencies. • Qualifications, expertise, prior achievements, maturity, and performance record of the applicant(s). • Demonstrated capacity to administer a sustained research program, including the formulation and management of the budget. • Presence of matching funds in the proposal. • Quality and content of supporting documentation. • Quality and content of letters of reference. 15
Open call for preliminary proposals.
All proposals must be postmarked on or before October 5, 2018. Mail all materials to:
Latrobe Prize Jury College of Fellows The American Institute of Architects 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006-5292 Send electronic entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org 16
First Stage Submission Requirements Title page Name of project Name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of principal investigator(s) Keywords Date of submission 125-word abstract summarizing the topic of proposed research â€” the questions, problems, or conditions that stimulate the research; the scope of work; and the expected outcomes of the project Description 500-word expository description of the topic, scope, and projected outcomes of the proposed work; institutional context of the research (e.g. team composition, facilities, travel, institutional support); and proposed plans to disseminate the results of the research once complete. Preliminary Budget Itemized use of the $100,000 grant (e.g. salaries, release time, research assistance, travel, equipment, supplies, software, etc.) and any matching funds that will be provided by other funding sources.
Schedule of production Timeline of the proposed program of research, including expected deadlines for the publication of preliminary results. Supporting documentation CV(s) of the principal investigator(s). Detailed letter of support from the applicantâ€™s supervising unit head or chief executive or chief academic officer of the department, college, university, company, or corporation, as appropriate. Supplemental documentation Maximum of 20 pages of additional documentation directly related to the proposed research program (e.g. copies of relevant writings; completed or speculative creative work or building design; or other documentation that establishes unique expertise and qualification(s). All proposals: 8.5 x 11 inch paper size, 30 pages maximum 12 point font minimum
Invited short list only
All submissions must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2019.
The College of Fellows | Executive Committee Raymond G. Post Jr., FAIA | Chancellor Edward A. Vance, FAIA | Vice Chancellor Peter G. Kuttner, FAIA | Bursar John C. Castellana, FAIA | Secretary For more information contact: Terri S. Stewart, Hon, AIA, CAE or Muza Asadova 202-626-7514 email@example.com or www.aia.org/cof
Second Stage Submission Requirements Title page
Name of project
Five letters of recommendation, including at least one submitted by a member of the College of Fellows.
Name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of principal investigator(s) Keywords
Interview with the Jury
Date of submission 250-word abstract summarizing the topic of proposed research â€” the questions, problems, or conditions that stimulate the research; the scope of work; and the expected outcomes of the project Description 10-page illustrated narrative that answers the following questions: What problems does this proposal seek to address? How does this project stimulate the transformation of future practices? How will the proposed program of research be applied to architectural practice? How will the proposed program of research benefit clients and the public? 19
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