The ACADIA awards are internationally recognized as one of the highest honors in the field. This award recognizes innovative teaching in the field of digital design in architecture, particularly teaching approaches that can be adopted by other educators. From the jury’s citation: “This award recognizes Dana Cupkova’s impact as an educator leading the integration of digital technologies, experimental methodologies, and ecological approaches in architectural education.”
Inaugurated in 1998, the ACADIA Awards of Excellence represent recognition, by colleagues worldwide, of consistent contributions and impact on the field of architectural computing. Through 2005, awards were given in three categories: Teaching, Service, and Research. In 2006 an award was added in Emerging Digital Practice and the prior three were renamed as Teaching Excellence, Innovative Research, and Society. In 2007, an additional award for an innovative academic program was added to recognize individual or collective efforts in the establishment of an innovative academic program that contributes to the education of students in the field of digital design. At most one award is presented each year in each category, to an individual or academic program that, in the eyes of the review committee, exhibits "evidence of exceptional and innovative achievement."
2019 ACADIA awardees will present their work at this year's conference at The University of Texas at Austin, Oct 24-26. Dana will present among the other awardees, which include Thom Mayne, Roland Snooks, Catie Newell, Jose Sanchez, and Chris Yessios.