The Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University has won the $25,000 grand prize of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for developing a prototype for low-cost sustainable housing in Tijuana, Mexico.

The NCARB Prizes for Creative Integration of Practice and Education were announced March 28 at the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Houston. Five awards of $7,500 were offered to top projects from a field of 31 entries from 22 schools. They went to Arizona State, Savannah College of Art and Design; jointly to the University of Arkansas and Washington University in St. Louis; and to Clemson twice.

The Tijuana housing prototype relies on a variety of waste materials, which elicited praise from the jury. “The effects of this project are potentially far-reaching in terms of the benefits to the potential dwellers,” the panel said. Go to for images as well as more information about all of the winning projects.

2008 NCARB Prize Winners $25,000 Grand Prize

Department of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Project: Low-Cost Sustainable
Housing for Tijuana, Mexico

$7,500 Prizes
School of Architecture, Arizona State University
Project: Applied Research Collaborative

School of Architecture, Clemson University
Project: Architecture+Health Program

School of Architecture, Clemson University
Project: Localizing Global Climate Change

Department of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design
Project: BSI+P Studio

School of Architecture, University of Arkansas, and School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Project: Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas