AU Architecture professors win national award for work on DESIGNHabitat2 house

AUBURN – The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture awarded Auburn University Architecture professors David Hinson and Stacy Norman their ACSA Collaborative Practice Award for their work with Habitat for Humanity and Palm Harbor Manufactured Homes on DESIGNHabitat2 house.

The award was presented for the best practices in school-based community outreach programs.

The house was the product of a unique partnership with the modular housing industry aimed at exploring ways for Habitat to build more homes with fewer volunteer resources in the wake of the housing demand resulting from the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005.

“It is deeply gratifying to be recognized by our peers on a national level, ” Hinson said. “This reinforces the community focus that we as a school and a college hold so strongly as being important, not just on a local level, but nationally.”

“This award is the most recent of several honors and citations that David and Stacy have received from numerous local and national organizations for their work on the Habitat House,” said Dan Bennett, Dean of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

The modular sections of the DESIGNHabitat2 house were produced by Palm Harbor Homes in Boaz, Ala., and transported to the project site in Greensboro. The students then completed the home on-site in two weeks as part of the Habitat volunteer based mission.

The home was built for Dorrinda Crews and her three children in Greensboro. The Crews family was displaced from their home as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The home was completed in June 2006.

The students designed the 1,100 square-foot home with a strong eye towards energy efficiency. The students used alternative siding and roofing material that are more durable but still provide energy efficient benefits. Great care was taken in the placement of the home to minimize the amount of heat generated from direct sunlight while still taking advantage of natural light from the sun.

“This success, and that of many of our faculty and students involved in similar venues, distinguishes the Auburn program from our peers across the region and nation. It is a point of pride for everyone at the university and I could not be more pleased for their success,” said Bennett.

The ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship and service. The award-winning professors inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base and extend their work beyond the borders of academe into practice and the public sector.

The ACSA is non-profit membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. Members consist of all college and universities that offer accredited degree programs in architecture in the United States and Canada.

The School of Architecture is housed in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.

(Contributed by Robert Grant.)

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