This scholarship award recognizes a demonstrated excellence in the understanding, application and tracking of the Vital Signs of energy performance as integral to the process of Design-for-Sustainability. The scholarships are made available through an endowment provided to CERES by the Entergy Corporation; an integrated energy company whose corporate social responsibility aspires to contribute to a society that is healthy, educated and productive. Where none of its customers live in poverty and the environment poses no threat to future generations.

Title: The CERES Entergy Fund Scholarships for Energy Performance Design
Year: Spring 2020 
Agency: Entergy Corporation 
Recipients: Bri Barr, Al Mitchell

Title: The CERES Entergy Fund Scholarships for Energy Performance Design
Year: Spring 2017
Agency: Entergy Corporation 
Recipients: Victoria Bell, Emily Epple, Nikki Klein, Zach Rooker, Landon Underwood, Megan York

Title: The CERES Entergy Fund Scholarships for Energy Performance Design
Year: Spring 2015 
Agency: Entergy Corporation 
Recipients: Sean Costello, Alex DeKemper, Duke Bennett, Bryce Derhammer, Reva Ogle 


In addition, its staff, fellows, affiliated faculty, and students have been recognized over the years by external third-parties.  Samples of these recognitions are listed below.

Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design

Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is given to one student per ARCC member college, school, institute, or unit. Selection of recipients is at the discretion of the individual member institutions, but is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The award may be made at either the graduate or the undergraduate level.
More information about the ARCC / King Student Medal Program:

Year: 2020
Al Mitchell
 Tuning the Masses: Climate Specific Energy Optimization Guidelines.
This project creates an easy to use, accessible, and open-source framework to improve building performance specifications in the schematic design phase.  By using direct-search optimization methods, this study determines where the acceptable ranges for building performance specification need to be set, such as limits on wall insulation and window performance specifications. These are determined through thousands of iterations on ten different house geometry typologies in the nineteen distinct climate zones in the United States. These newfound limits on performance ranges get baked into a new, climate specific script that can be used to fine tune a schematic mass, and provide the designer with simple, project geometry and climate distinct building specification for a design.

Year: 2018
Recipient: Reva Derhammer
Project/Program: Interstitial Urbanism: Architecture for the Creative Mind.
This project explores the scripting of experiential complexity using a graphic translation of the many design tenets embodied in the writings of Jane Jacobs, Lawrence Halprin and Kevin Lynch. When applied at differing scales in the development of building-interior ‘urban landscapes’, these microcosms of thoughtful city constructs can give spirit to occupant life. This research and example design applications demonstrate that internal spaces of a building composed of systematic circulation and communal space configuration can facilitate the social dynamic of human interaction on micro and macro scales. Specifically: micro-level interactions of one-on-one interpersonal exchange and macro-level interactions of immersion in a ‘social atmosphere’ comprise an architecture which can ‘feed’ the creative mind.

Year: 2017
Recipient: Chris Crosley
Project/Program: ArchitectureOS: Intelligent Architecture Will Define the Next Era of Computation and Design.
This project explores the creation of a new operating system for architecture, which could revolutionize the way that we, as occupants, experience the built environment and the way we, as architects, design it.  While simulations have traditionally been used by the industry as a design tool, they can also be used by the building itself to provide a form of self-awareness. Once properly calibrated to reality, the simulation engines can be used to inform applications which modify building elements in real-time. The project outlines the critical elements of ArchitectureOS, describes how qualitative descriptions of space can be programmable, and uses a fictional "Kickstarter" project to explore how even simple products might change when enabled by such an operating system.

Year: 2016
Recipient: Chris Reinhart
Project/Program: Commonwealth of Design + Cooperation = Design for All.
This project examines the trends in web-based platforms for design collaboration, shifting notions of intellectual property, and the changing role of professionals in society; using the results to
inform a synthesis of new models of architectural practice based on cooperative forms of ownership and crowd-sourced funding models to enable the delivery of architectural services to more people; theoretically (and ideally), everyone.

Year: 2015
Recipient: Chenyuan Gu
Project/Program: Symbiosis: Village + Park.  Using Eco-Tourism to reviatalize the Xiamen Village of Tea Valley National Park.
The project introduces ecotourism as a sustainable economic development strategy based on conserving environmental heritage (including natural and cultural heritage) by engaging local communities and other stakeholders in the tourism development process. This project explores sustainable expansion design strategies for constructing and operating a national park, with its surrounding village.

Year: 2014 
Recipients: Emily Newton and Jaben Temple
Project/Program: A Comparative Analysis and Critical Assessment of Green Building Rating Systems.
This research examines the concepts and evaluation structure underlying each of multiple rating systems, comparatively analyzes specific projects certified under these respective ratings systems, and cross-references the findings with data derived from interviews with academic and professional personnel.

Year: 2012 
Recipient: Wes Stabs
Project/Program: Optimizing Energy Performance with Climate, Context and Client.
This research inquiry involved an exploration into residential energy issues with the underlying intent of reducing fossil fuel consumption. The research is aimed at understanding architecture’s role in defining single family energy demands. The exploration illustrates that we can dwell in symbiosis with nature while reducing environmental impacts by embracing the power of architectural design.

Year: 2011 
Recipient: Christopher Rhoads
Project/Program: Modifying Double-skin Facades for Medical, Residential, Educational, Office and Performing Arts Facilities.
This work breaks new ground in translating the concerns for fabrication, operability and performance of double-skin facades as driven by climatic factors and/or interior space use.

Year: 2010
Recipient: Nitin Desai
Project/Program: Retrospecting Vernacular: A Journey into the Timeless... 
Nitin compiled an extensive research database on the construction traditions of vernacular architecture embedded in countless projects throughout India; and the rekindling of those many traditions of craft and place-based design decision-making and appropriate-technology construction practice. He translated this technical research and documentation into specific line-item recommendations for the transformation of the formal architectural curricula currently offered in India.

Year: 2009
Recipient: Todd Adams
Project/Program: Use of High Dynamic Range Imaging in Photorealistic Illustration of AGi32 Renderings
This award recognizes Todd's contribution to the ongoing work of the CERES Lighting Lab.  Specifically, his role in examining high dynamic range photography methodologies and software applications for use in constructing high dynamic range imaging of electronic models generated by the AGi32 lighting analysis software.

Sandeep Arora
Ball State Department of Architecture, Graduate Thesis Project
Sandeep received this award for work related to his graduate architectural thesis project titled;
"An Evolutionary Architecture: Adapted, Interactive and Effectively Integrated Design".
Year: 2007
Recipient: Anawat Chirattikalwong
Ball State Department of Architecture, Graduate Thesis Project
Anawat received this award for work related to his graduate architectural thesis project titled,
"Natural Ventilation and Solar Control: Design Analysis of Suburban Bangkok Housing Estates ".

Year: 2005
Recipient: Daniel Overbey
Project/Program: Ball State Department of Architecture, Undergraduate Thesis Project
Daniel received this award for his undergraduate architectural thesis project titled, "The Cradle to Cradle Home".

Year: 2004
Recipient: Dorothee Dettbarn
Project/Program: Ball State Department of Architecture, Graduate Thesis Project
Dorothee received this award for her graduate architectural thesis project titled, "Linking the Design of Facilities, Recycling and Curriculum: Applying a Design Method Inspired by Experiences in Latin America and South Asia to a Ball State University Residential Hall Renovation".

Year: 2003
Recipient: Steven Cook and Robert Patton
Project/Program: Ball State Department of Architecture, Independent Study Research Project
Steve and Bob received this award for their examination of double skin building performance titled, "A Study of Properties of the CAP Double-Skin Building Facade".

Year: 2002
Recipient: Lew Beyers
Project/Program: Ball State Department of Architecture, Vital Signs Seminar
Lew received this award for his participation in the Ball State Vital Signs course during the Fall Semester of the 2001-2002 academic year (Team 1).

Year: 2000
Recipient: Yiwei Liu
Project/Program: Ball State Department of Architecture, Graduate Design Studio
Yiwei received this award for his participation in the Graduate Design Studio course taught by Robert Koester during the Spring Semester of the 1999-2000 academic year.

Year: 1999
Recipient: Sara Temple
Project/Program: Ball State Vital Signs Class Participation
Sara received this award for her participation in the Ball State Vital Signs course during the Fall Semester of the 1998-99 academic year (Team 6/7).

Additional Awards

Title: Best Practice Sustainability Award for Sustainable Design Curriculum
Year: 2002
Agency: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
Project/Program: Clustered Minors in Environmentally Sustainable Practices
Recipient: CERES/Ball State University
CERES/Ball State University received this award in recognition of the effort to increase the environmental literacy of students at Ball State through development of a cluster of interdepartmental minors designed to offer new interdisciplinary opportunities for students to study environmentally sustainable practices.
This curricular offering was developed through the collaboration of Ball State faculty under the Research Fellows Program administered by CERES; specifically, Dr. James Eflin, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Mr. Robert J. Koester, Architecture and CERES, Mr. Dave Ferguson, Landscape Architecture and iCOMM, and Dr. John Vann, Marketing.

Title: ARCC / James Haecker Distinguished Leadership Award for Architectural Research
Year: 1999
Agency: Architectural Research Centers Consortium
Project/Program: Individual Achievement Award
Recipient: Robert J. Koester, Director of CERES
This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the growth of the research culture of architecture and related fields, including urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, and interior design.

Title: Honorable Mention, AIA Education Honors Award (as case study school)
Year: 1997
Agency: American Institute of Architects
Project/Program: The Vital Signs Project
Co-Recipients: C. Benton, B. Burke, A. Kwok et al. 
Ball State was a case study school for this project.

Title: Honorable Mention Award
Year: 1997
Agency: National Vital Signs Project
Project/Program: Vital Signs Case Study Student Competition
Co-Recipients: Alison Hovey and Kevin Koenig, Department of Architecture
Advisor: Robert Koester (with J. Culp, R. Fisher, T. Godish)

Title: Indiana CAP Director's Award
Year: 1996
Agency: Indiana Community Assistance Program (CAP)
Project/Program: Affordability and Safety of Indiana Low-Income Households
Recipient: Dr. William Hill, CERES

Title: Renew America Environmental Achievement Award
Year: 1992
Agency: Renew America
Project/Program: Sustainable Urban Rural Enterprise (S.U.R.E.) Project
Co-Recipients: CERES, Richmond/Wayne Co., Indiana community

Title: Outstanding Energy Research Project
Year: 1991
Agency: State of Virginia
Project/Program: Evaluation of the Virginia Weatherization Program
Co-Recipients: Dr. William Hill, CERES, Randolph & Greeley, Virginia Tech.

Title: Indiana Governor's Energy Conservation Award
Year: 1984
Agency: State of Indiana
Project/Program: CERES general programs

Title: The Wise Owl Award
Year: 1983
Agency: U.S. Department of Energy
Project/Program: CERES general programs

Title: Federal Executive Board Citation
Year: 1983
Agency: U.S. Department of Energy, Chicago Office
Project/Program: CERES Professional Development Programs