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:

  • Environments between and among buildings.
  • Built and landscape environments around and on top of structures.
  • Realms in time between idea and construction, and of long or short duration.
  • The natural environment, the human constructed environment, and combinations and junctures of the two. Raises the question of “how does the work support environmental sustainability?”
  • Public works, private works, and mixed use projects.
  • Information and design for and by the public sector and the developmental sector.
  • Design, research, built work, and publications.
  • Projects small and large.
  • Span of time from thought and concept to built or partially built.
  • The personal experience in conjunction with the time of day and season.

2022 JURY


Have a question about your eligibility or the submission process? View our most frequently asked questions or email Amanda Nye

The 2022 AIA California Urban Design Awards program recognizes excellence in design, planning and community development. Outstanding solutions in the architecture and landscape architecture of urban design not only incorporate aspects of the built environment, but also of culture, nature, climate, mobility, resilience, and equity. Urban design demands exploration and modeling of our future communities within our emerging smart technology society. Interdisciplinary frameworks are needed for urban design to offer innovative design approaches for livability in the public realm. It is particularly imperative in 2022 for urban design to generate ideas for sustainable and resilient environments in our future, to be made by humans in concert with nature.

Nathan Ogle, AIA

Chair, Urban Design Committee

Stephanie Reich, AIA
Design & Historic Preservation Planner
City of Santa Monica

Frank Fuller, FAIA
Urban Field Studio


Hessam Vakili, AIA
Director of Design & Development
TAIT & Associates, Inc.

Stephanie Landregan, FASLA
Program Director
UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture

Mia Lehrer, FASLA


Katherine Spitz, AIA ASLA
Katherine Spitz Associates, Inc

AIA California
AIA California
Celebrating over 75 years of service, the AIA California actively promotes the value of design and advocates for the architectural profession. AIA CA is an association of 11,000 dedicated and passionate members who share a commitment to design excellence and livability in California’s natural and built environments.

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