The School of Architecture received top honors from the annual Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards. In the academic competition, Prof. Philip Bess' urban-design studio "Strategies for Sustainable Skaneateles" in central New York State received the grand prize. The team of six graduate students received $1000 from The Oram Foundation Inc./Fund for the Environment and Urban Life.
Cindy Michel, '04 and '10, received the Academic Award for her graduate thesis project "From Settlement to City: A Masterplan for Cap-Haitien, Haiti," a case study examining urban-design problems in dense, newly built settlements in developing countries. Her project proposed a new master plan for Cap-Haitien, Haiti in the aftermath of that country’s devastating earthquake.
Opticos Design, Inc. (whose principals are Dan '95 and Karen Parolek ’95, and inaugural Driehaus Prize winner Léon Krier), were honored for a new town square and beachfront master plan for Seaside, Florida.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the 19th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Madison, Wisconsin in June 2011. Prof. Philip Bess, Cindy Michel and Dean Michael Lykoudis were featured in the CNU 19 Video Channel. The CNU is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development.