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The Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), to an individual, who must be living at the time of nomination, who has spent at least a decade primarily involved in architectural education, and whose primary contribution to architectural education has been on the North American continent.
In March, Baird will be awarded the medallion at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) annual meeting in Boston. The AIA will also recognize him at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C., in May.
Baird is often credited with having helped a new generation of architects find a place at the intersection of architectural form and urban function.
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