AIA California’s Urban Design Awards recognizes excellence in the creation, improvement, and sustainability of our physical environment by Architects and Landscape Architects. Sustainability, as applied to this category of Design Awards, can include reduction of reliance on the automobile, encouraged transit-oriented development, promoted district-wide energy and water management, and fostered biodiversity and cultural resilience.
Urban Design is defined for the Awards Program as “the realm of physical design encompassing master planning, landscape architecture, and conceptual architectural design.” This definition includes research and the design of spaces at all scales, from places between buildings to regional master plans. The program focuses on conception and expression of the idea following through to the many phases of a master plan.
The Urban Design Jury will look at a wide spectrum of design and work in the following areas:
NEW FOR 2023 – STUDENT AWARD
In 2023 AIA CA is launching its Urban Design Student Award. This award is available to current and recent graduates from a NAAB accredited school. Proof of enrollment is required within your submission package. Lack of proof of enrollment will lead to immediate disqualification.