About the Program
Each year, The American Institute of Architects awards a medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
(or CACB for Canadian schools). A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student.
Formerly called "The School Medal," the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate program began in 1914, and was awarded for "general excellence in architecture throughout the four-year course to graduating students of architecture schools recognized by the Institute." The graduate was later presented with a copy of Mont St. Michel and Chartres, written by Henry Adams. The copyright of this book was later bequeathed to the Institute by the author.
The Henry Adams Fund was established in 1921 with royalties from the book sales. The fund was used to award a copy of the book "to draftsmen who cannot afford to buy it." The School Medal and Henry Adams book awards evolved into the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate Program.
Application Process for 2017
Applications from school administrators will be accepted on a rolling basis, but medals and certificates will be distributed four times per year at the end of each quarter. The following schedule:
- March 20 - Deadline for awards delivered in April
- June 20 - Deadline for awards delivered in July
- September 20 - Deadline for awards delivered in October
- December 10 - Deadline for awards delivered in January
Please allow 4-6 weeks after the submission deadline to receive the medals and certificates. It is incumbent upon school administrators to properly distribute the certificates and medals to awarded students.
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