[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

          Dec. 1, 2005

                                                                                               

Luis Eduardo Boza Wins National Architecture Teaching Award

Honor Recognizes Assistant Professor’s Use of Cutting-Edge Technology 

Luis Eduardo Boza

 

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students will honor Assistant Professor Luis Eduardo Boza with their 2005-2006 New Faculty Teaching Award for his innovative instruction in the area of digital design and fabrication technologies.

 

Boza, whose area of expertise is computer-aided design/3-D modeling and fabrication technology (known as CAD-CAM), will receive the award at the association’s 94th annual meeting, which will take place March 30 through April 2, 2006, in Salt Lake City.

 

In a letter recommending Boza for the award, CUA Dean of Architecture Randall Ott praised the professor’s efforts to incorporate CAD/CAM technologies into the School of Architecture and Planning’s curriculum. Doing so, Ott wrote, “has had direct impacts on all levels of design work” at the school.

 

Boza has helped to develop several new architecture courses that utilize innovative technologies, allowing “students to be exposed to the cutting edge of computers in design thinking and production,” Ott added.

 

Using such technology this semester, the students in Boza’s graduate “Digital Craft” design studio are exploring the changing nature of craft (or how structures are made) as a result of new fabrication technologies. In the process, they are designing, fabricating and assembling a new lounge and student organization office at CUA’s Edward M. Crough Center, which houses the architecture school.

 

Last year, Boza’s students created a three-dimensional installation of aluminum and acrylic. Titled “Thinking as Doing: An Investigation into Design Methodology, Fabrication Techniques and the Experiential,” the installation now hangs in the center.

 

Boza earned a master’s in architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000 and both a bachelor of science in architecture and a bachelor of architecture at Catholic University in 1994.

 

The award to Boza is one of only three new faculty awards that will go to recipients chosen from 125 architecture programs accredited by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in the United States and Canada. The association, which is based in Washington, D.C., also presents awards in several other categories.

 

MEDIA:       To request a digital photo of Luis Eduardo Boza contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

 

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The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Students design in an exciting studio environment on campus while utilizing the nation’s capital as an architecture laboratory. The school awards degrees that include the bachelor of science in architecture  after four years of study, the master of architecture first professional degree after an additional year and a half, and a post-professional master of architectural studies. The school also offers foreign study experiences as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.

 

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