Excellence in Diversity Award

The College of Architecture Diversity Council sponsors the “Excellence in Diversity Award” to recognize and honor the efforts of students, both undergraduate and graduate, that strive to promote understanding and appreciation of diversity in their academic studies.

Defining Diversity:

In the College of Architecture, Diversity is meant to encompass the full spectrum of characteristics of our community including (but not limited to) ethnic background, religious beliefs, age, political beliefs, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, physical ability and gender. We believe that a diverse college is one that embraces the richness of this variety and provides an environment in which each individual is respected and celebrated.



  • Open to current College of Architecture students
  • Entry must promote diversity
  • Entry must be original (previously awarded projects do not qualify)
  • Entry must have been conducted in the past two years while enrolled in the College of Architecture
  • Entry can come from a class project or independent studies
  • Entries on community engagement efforts are welcomed
  • Both team or individual work are acceptable submissions
  • Work can be in progress
  • Multimedia submissions are welcomed
  • Award winners will be showcased in the College of Architecture


Project Summary:

Entries are required to give a brief abstract of the intent of the project, the main objectives, learning lessons and how does your entry advances awareness of diversity issues?



A total of ten awards are offered for students representing all four COA departments. Note that in the event that a group entry is selected as a winner, the group would divide the award prize.

Department of Construction Science

  • 1 Undergraduate Student Award: $200
  • 1 Graduate Student Award: $300

Department of Architecture

  • 1 Undergraduate Student Award: $200
  • 1 Graduate Student Award: $300

Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

  • 1 Undergraduate Student Award: $200
  • 1 Graduate Student Award: $300

Department of Visualization

  • 1 Undergraduate Student Award: $200
  • 1 Graduate Student Award: $300

University Studies

  • 1 Undergraduate Student Award: $200 

Submission Requirements:

  • All entries must submit a 500(max) word abstract
  • Supporting images are acceptable
  • Multimedia submissions must include a short explanation in writing