The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced that it will award the honor of Distinguished Professor to Anthony Schuman, a professor at The NJIT College of Architecture and Design (COAD). Schumann will receive the honor at ACSA's annual meeting in New Orleans in March. He will be NJIT’s first faculty member to receive this award, ACSA's highest honor.
The award recognizes contributions across the spectrum of academic pursuits. Schuman is a past president of the association, which represents the 134 accredited schools of architecture in the U.S. and Canada.
Schuman's scholarship has been recognized with previous awards from ACSA, in addition to honors from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Society for American City and Regional Planning History. At NJIT, Schumann has received an Excellence in Teaching Award and the Board of Overseers Service Award. In 2007, he was awarded a medal by the Newark Municipal Council for organizing a celebration of the Newark Eagles, the city's former championship Negro Leagues baseball team.
Schuman is widely known for his advocacy of architecture's social vocation. A past chair of the New York City chapter of Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility, Schuman serves on the Montclair Housing Commission and on the boards of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District Inc., a community development corporation.
The notable Princeton architect and COAD Distinguished Professor Michael Mostoller observed in his nominating letter: “Schuman's scholarship, teaching and service have all received extensive public and professional recognition on their own. Yet it is the powerful linking of these arenas of academic accomplishment in the carrying on of the foundational values of a humanistic community architecture, public practice, or pedagogy of engagement that provides the rarity of the effort."