February 08, 2019

Asst. Prof. Joseph Godlewski wins National Architectural Teaching Award

School of Architecture Assistant Professor Joseph Godlewski ’00 has been awarded the 2018–2019 New Faculty Teaching Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

One of only three recipients nationally, Godlewski is being recognized for his “demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.”

Each year, the professional organization ACSA—comprised of over 200 member schools of architecture representing more than 5,000 faculty members—honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector.

The New Faculty Teaching Award is given jointly by the ACSA and the national student group the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and recognizes outstanding teaching abilities exhibited by faculty with a maximum of 10 academic semesters or 15 quarters of full-time teaching experience. Godlewski will officially receive the award at the ACSA Annual Meeting Mar. 28–30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Professor Godlewski is a great asset to our school,” says Dean Michael Speaks. “His service and teaching is incredibly effective and appreciated by students and faculty alike.”

An architectural theorist, historian, and practitioner, Godlewski teaches courses in theory and design and in the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

Examining the architecture and urbanism of Nigeria, Godlewski’s research focuses on the history of the built environment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is also an active discussant and participant in school related matters of studio culture, and has published on the topic in several national and international venues. His writing has been featured in various forums including The Plan Journal, Architecture Research Quarterly, CLOG, MONU,, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, and the book The Dissertation: An Architecture Student’s Handbook (Routledge, 2014).

Godlewski’s new textbook, Introduction to Architecture: Global Disciplinary Knowledge (Cognella, 2018) seeks to expand the repertoire of conventional architectural theory anthologies by including texts written by a range of authors globally emphasizing the process of co-creation and circulation of ideas across cultures.

Godlewski earned a B.Arch. from Syracuse University in 2000 and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in architectural history and theory from the University of California, Berkeley. He’s also a member of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC).

Read about all the winning submissions for the 2018–2019 Architectural Education Award Winners at