The Hideo Sasaki Foundation, in collaboration with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), recently announced 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. 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. Submissions are due no later that August 31. More information on the competition after the break.
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, AICP, AIA. “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.” For more information, please visit here.