Learning from Practice: The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Sponsored by the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

This session provides an introduction to the RBA and its value as a resource and tool for educators. Leaders from four schools discuss practical applications of its use for critical evaluation and scholarship, as a foundation for design education and urban planning and development practice, and as a platform for public engagement.

Watch the webinar recording here or click the image below to access the video.

This session was recorded on November 12, 2020 as part of ACSA’s Webinars + Workshops series.

Anne-Marie Lubenau (moderator), FAIA, is an architect, educator and advocate for excellence in urban design and planning. She focuses on expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding about the built environment and its impact on our lives.



Marc Norman is the founder of the consulting firm “Ideas and Action”, Director of Real Estate Initiatives, and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.



Beth Lundell Garver, AIA, NCARB, is Director of Applied Learning and Core Faculty at the Boston Architectural College. She leads college-wide efforts to connect education with practice through reflective assessment and experiential learning initiatives including the CityLab Intensive program.



Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University.



Bob Shibley, FAIA, FAICP, is the Dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning. Bob co-authored the RBA Award prospectus, served as the first author for seven volumes, and wrote 26 of the 88 case studies.




Boston Architectural College

Courtesy of Beth Lundell Garver

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Courtesy of Taubman College

Dukakis Center for Urban Research & Policy, Northeastern University

Courtesy of Adam Niescioruk

Rudy Bruner Award Digital Archive, University at Buffalo

Courtesy of UB School of Architecture and Planning