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New Educator of the Year Award recognizes influential role professors play in shaping future leaders

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

PAVE (The Planning and Visual Education Partnership) is pleased to announce the addition of an all-new award to its annual PAVE Gala programming- The PAVE Educator of the Year Award. This award honors and celebrates full-time educators for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to design education.

"We are very excited to announce the inaugural “PAVE Educator of the Year Award,” to recognize a Professor who is having an impact in setting our future designers up for success," said Cindi Kato, Principal, Global Retail Practice Area, CallisonRTKL and PAVE's Immediate Past President. "We look forward to receiving submissions and honoring the award winner at this year’s PAVE Gala in New York"

The Educator of the Year Honoree consistently engages and inspires their students in new and exciting ways, seeks resources and opportunities beyond the classroom to enrich the current curriculum, demonstrates strong leadership within their department, makes significant contributions to the profession, and demonstrates excellence in teaching.

Industry peers, colleagues, and administrators are invited to nominate a deserving Educator who has significantly shaped and inspired the design leaders of tomorrow. Nominations are free and easy — just complete the electronic nomination form found at by Thursday, October 27, 2022, by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals and educators not affiliated with the nominees. The 2022 Educator of the Year Award Honoree will be recognized on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the PAVE Gala in New York City. Additionally, $1,500 grants will be awarded to both the Honoree and their School/Department.


About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.

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