Associate Professor Scott Ruff has received an ACSA 2012-13 Diversity Achievement Award.
This award is given to recognize the work of faculty, administrators and students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel and student bodies with emphasis on the participation of historically under-represented groups or contexts.
His most current work at Tulane University includes Project Pipeline, a newly developed tiered mentorship program sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Louisiana, in partnership with the Tulane School of Architecture. It has gained national recognition for its efforts to usher young designers from high schools towards a design education and the profession. Also, Associate Professor Ruff and Visiting Assistant Professor Amber Wiley are facilitating the development of a student organization known as the Multicultural Arts + Architecture Collective (MACC). Many of the students in the newly formed organization were teaching assistants in the 2012 Project Pipeline summer camp. According to Associate Professor Ruff, "I hope to see the generation of more architects and designers of diverse backgrounds who are confident and prepared to meet the various challenges of our discipline, to be culturally sensitive and engaged at both the local and global levels.
- Scott Ruff