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Student Cyrus Dahmubed (left) presenting Common Ground at RISE, a research expo.

The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) would like to congratulate the team behind Common Ground for the publication being recognized by the Center for Architecture’s Grants and Scholarships Committee. Common Ground, the School of Architecture’s peer-reviewed journal that showcases student work, faculty and industry leader commentary, book reviews, essays, and more, earned an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals.

“The jury appreciated the grassroots feel of the journal and thought it had an excellent mission with an authentic voice of the school,” said Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, Center for Architecture | AIANY. “They especially liked that it was tied into an active symposium series, which made the journal deeply integrated into academia.”

Common Ground was spearheaded by Master of Architecture student Cyrus Dahmubed last Fall, who saw the journal as an opportunity to share the impressive and innovative thought leadership happening on campus and in Boston, and connect it to a global perspective. Now, it is clear that this vision Cyrus and his team had was one that strongly resonated with a broad audience.

“I’m thrilled and honored that Common Ground has received an Honorable Mention for the Haskell Award, especially because it counts our publication among other excellent university design publications nationwide,” explained Cyrus. “I’m inspired by this accolade and award to continue the work that we do at Common Ground as a publication and colloquium series, and hope that in the coming year we can push Common Ground as a platform to further develop the quality of discourse within the School of Architecture and CAMD more broadly.”

In the coming academic year, Cyrus and the Common Ground team plan to produce two new issues that expand Common Ground’s depth and breadth and build on the success of the Fall issue, while also reinventing their colloquium series (now entering its third academic year) to make it even more meaningful and engaging for both students and speakers.