Harrison Fraker, chair of the Energy and Resources Group, is the 2014 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the leading award in architectural education in the United States.
“The prize was announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 17) by the Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The Topaz Medallion honors an individual involved in architecture education for more than a decade whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students. In announcing the latest Topaz Medallion winner, the organizations commended Fraker… for pushing the academic study of energy use in buildings to the forefront of the sustainability movement.” Read more at the UC Berkeley News Center.
According to the American Institute of Architects: “Fraker is the 39th recipient of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion. The Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to an individual—who must be living at the time of nomination—who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education and whose primary contribution to architectural education has taken place on the North American continent.”