The SCUP Excellence Awards program is a juried competition that showcases how using strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire! It is open to professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs or plans for two year and four year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centers, public or private institutions. Entries are accepted from SCUP member and nonmember consultants or institutions. Submittals must be made by a team including the institution and the planning, landscape architect, or architect professional(s).
This award recognizes that comprehensive campus planning and design are collaborative and involve campus planners, architects, administrators, faculty, professional consultants and many stakeholders. We recognize that some plans may take years to fully implement, but it must be evident that a significant event such as a strategic, physical or facilities change, a change that triggered expansion, executive board actions, or establishment of a new strategic partnership has taken place.
This award recognizes excellence in the planning and design of campus grounds for higher education. It includes the sensitive and skillful design of open space and landscape elements such as streetscapes, transit corridors, pedestrian routes, courts, quads, and garden areas, natural areas, and storm water management. The category emphasizes the distinctive use of paving materials, plantings, furnishings, fixtures, and special amenities that enhance the use and enjoyment of the outdoor campus environment. This category focuses on landscape as a system as opposed to a project. (The project should represent the mission, vision and values of the institution and support teaching and student life.) There are no time constraints concerning completion of the project with regards to your entry. Include information on institutional involvement that may have occurred throughout the project, if applicable.
This award recognizes comprehensive campus design and planning are collaborative and involve campus architects, planners, administrators, faculty, professional consultants and many stakeholders. Submittals must be made by a team including the institution and the architect(s). Your project must have been completed and occupied within the past five years.
New This Year!
Award recipients for the SCUP 2018 Excellence Awards program will be featured in a special June 2018 edition of Learning By Design, a magazine that is a source for education facility design innovation and excellence.
Submission process: Payment and entries must be submitted through our online application. Prompt to pay by credit card will be when submission is completed.
Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
Cost: $300 USD SCUP members | $375 USD nonmembers (per entry)
Questions: Please direct questions to Martha Marotta at 734.669.3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions prior to creating your submission.
**YOUR FIRM NAME AND THE NAME OF THE PROJECT TEAM CANNOT APPEAR IN THE SUBMISSION PDF**
The following information is required as part of the online submission.
For the Primary Submission Contact Person, the Submitting Project Representative (Consultant or Institution), and the Institutional Project Representative:
For the firm of each Additional Team Member:
For photographers, artists, renderers, etc. acknowledgement in print and electronic publications of winning entries:
Please be aware that submission to our program means agreement to the following:
The Submitter grants SCUP, the AIA-CAE and Designquest Media, LLC nonexclusive permission to reproduce the material submitted in print and in electronic media. If the submitter’s material is selected for publication, it may be published by or through SCUP or the AIA-CAE with materials from other submissions. Designquest Media, LLC will publish the information in a specially designated issue for the SCUP awards. By submitting materials, the submitter certifies that similar permissions have been obtained from the project's owner(s), consultant(s) and photographer(s) to allow SCUP, the AIA-CAE, and Designquest Media, LLC the right to publish such materials. The entrant (institution and consultant) also certifies that to the best of their knowledge, the information furnished is complete and accurate.
Each juror reviews all the entries on-line and creates his/her shortlist. During the in-person jury meeting, shortlisted entries are discussed and winners are selected for each category. The Honor Award is the highest award. Merit Awards, Special Citations or Honorable Mentions may be awarded. An entry may be moved to another category at the discretion of the jury. There may be minimal or no feedback available for entries that were not shortlisted. Identification of the consultants is concealed from the jurors until deliberation is completed.