The Hideo Sasaki Foundation, in collaboration with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), is pleased to announce the inaugural Perry Chapman Prize. The prize honors the intellectual contributions of M. Perry Chapman by awarding an individual $10,000 to pursue a particular research project in planning and design.
Chapman worked at Sasaki Associates from 1962 until 2009. Over this time, he came to be known as the firm's dean of campus planning. Chapman was committed to developing and sharing knowledge to advance integrated planning and interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education. He inspired colleagues, institutions, firms, and community organizations through his insight, mentoring, writing, and speaking. He raised the standard of planning theory through research and analysis of the relationship between the campus as a place and its impact on learning and community.
In 2008, Chapman received SCUP’s K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning. Chapman passed away in December of 2012 at the age of 76.
“Perry was a great mentor and his passion for higher education rubbed off on everyone he worked with,” says Sasaki Principal Dan Kenney. “I worked with Perry for over 35 years and I was always impressed with his inquisitive mind, his quest for new ideas, and commitment to excellence.”
“SCUP is very pleased to lend its support for this prestigious research prize and to honor one of our most dedicated and inspiring members,” said Jolene Knapp, SCUP executive director. “The knowledge gained from the research will benefit our members, the campus planning community, and higher education as a whole.”
The research topic of the 2012 prize is work designed to establish a baseline of knowledge and resources on collaboration and integration in the planning and design disciplines—particularly related to how campus environments support institutional missions. An individual, a team of researchers or academics, or a firm may make submissions. The submission forms was posted online on July 1, 2012, and proposals must be submitted online by August 31, 2012. The prize recipient will be notified by October 1, 2012, and work must be completed by April 1, 2013.
A prize of $10,000 will be awarded annually from 2012 through 2016. The prize is funded through the support of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation. For more information, please visit the website.
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The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) provides best practices in integrated planning for higher education. SCUP’s 5,000+ members share their knowledge in print, online, and at conferences on academic, strategic, financial, facilities, resource, and technology planning. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the society is holding its annual, international conference July 7-11, 2012, in Chicago. Visit www.scup.org.