Maryland APA

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a biennial conference, produce a regular newsletter, and offer regular educational and networking opportunities to our members across the state.


Get Your CM Credits!
to Dec 31

Get Your CM Credits!

Looking for something interesting to do?  Need Cm credits? Want to learn about something new?

A very cool tool on the APA website is the Advanced Search that allows you to search by location for upcoming events!

Type in 'Maryland' and a list will populate with links to all the CM providers who are Maryland based. There are also a number of non-Maryland based groups that do events in Maryland - so try a search by date.

When you click on one of the providers, you will get a list of events they are sponsoring.  














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2018-2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge
to Jan 18

2018-2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge

The Sustainable Growth Challenge, an annual collegiate competition hosted by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, engages students from across the state in planning, sustainability and reinvestment issues.

The competition enables students to conduct community planning exercises, analyze economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable growth and develop creative community solutions. The competition provides students the opportunity to interact with local leaders and engage in their own community planning processes.

Learn more and enter the challenge here.

Winning teams will be recognized at the commission’s annual awards ceremony to be held in the spring of 2019.

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MHT Capital Grant Workshops
to Dec 12

MHT Capital Grant Workshops

Are you considering applying for a Capital Grant for a historic preservation project? Attend a workshop in your area! 

The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting workshops around the state for prospective applicants for the FY19 Capital Grant Program. This grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on buildings or structures on or eligible for the Maryland Register. Attend a workshop to learn if your project is eligible and what is required for submitting an application. 

You can read more about this grant program at our website here.

Workshops are free, but we ask you to please register. Links to register can be found in the date and location descriptions below. You do not need to bring a ticket. 

For questions, please contact Courtney Hotchkiss at 410-697-9514 or

Meeting Dates and Locations

November 20 - Chestertown Council Office, 2nd floor

118 N. Cross St., Chestertown, MD, 21620                                                                 


Register here:

November 28 - Wicomico Public Library, Room 1

122 S Division St, Salisbury, MD 21801


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November 30 - Urbana Regional Library

9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, MD 21704


Register here:


December 7 - Garrett College, Building 700

687 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD 21541


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December 12 - Community Place, Crownsville

100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032


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Call for Abstracts! 6th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning
to Mar 30

Call for Abstracts! 6th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 6th Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning. The conference is hosted by the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and will take place in Amherst, MA, USA from March 28 - 30, 2019.

The Fábos Conference is held every 3 years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape and greenway planning, design, and policy-making, from the local to the international level.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts - October 29, 2018
Deadline for full papers - February 4, 2019

Submit your abstracts here
Questions? Contact us

Who should attend?
• landscape architects
• urban planners
• greenway researchers
• conservation professionals
• recreation advocates
• students


The theme for the 2019 conference, "Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting Cities" explores the social and ecological potential of linear green spaces in urban areas that are experiencing decline or those that are booming. We look to understand the variety of ways in which urban greenways are conceived, designed, built, used, and maintained in cities across the globe in response to economic and demographic trends. 

We invite abstracts (200-400 words) describing research, a project summary, or a perspective essay. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be encouraged to submit a full paper for peer-review. An accepted paper will enable the author to present at the conference and publish in a peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

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Save the Date: 2019 ACS Data Users Conference
to May 15

Save the Date: 2019 ACS Data Users Conference

  • American University Washington College of Law (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the Date! The next ACS Data Users Conference is planned for May 14-15, 2019 at the American University Washington College of Law (4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC).

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is organizing next year’s conference in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and with guidance from an ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee. More information about the conference will be posted on the ACS Online Community website in early November.

Questions? Please contact Linda A. Jacobsen ( or Mark Mather ( at PRB.

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Morgan State Super Jury Presentations
5:30 PM17:30

Morgan State Super Jury Presentations

The event is co-sponsored by MD APA. The presentations will be in Center for Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS 235) (aka the CO+IN Lab) at Morgan State, 5299 Perring Parkway ,Baltimore, Maryland 21251.  This semester we will have two courses presenting:

5:30 Real Estate Development, Finance + Sustainability piloted by Professor Lisa Hodges-Hiken

6:30 Planning Studio II piloted by Dr. Samia Kirchner 

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2018 AIA Baltimore/BAF Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
5:00 PM17:00

2018 AIA Baltimore/BAF Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Join us as we celebrate 2018 and look to the future.

Free for AIA members and BAF contributors. Registration closes December 10.

This event is an opportunity to celebrate the season, to network with fellow AIA Baltimore members and Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) supporters, and to learn how to become more involved in the chapter and BAF programs.

Meet AIA Baltimore President-Elect Suzanne Frasier, FAIA, and members of AIA Baltimore and BAF board of directors and committees, and staff.


Please consider making a donation to the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF). Your contribution to the BAF will support public outreach, education, research, publications, and scholarship programs to promote awareness of Baltimore’s architecture and built environment, and is tax-deductible (as allowed by law).

Visitor Parking
There are visitor parking spaces available on Lot CE, adjacent to the North Campus Garage. Visitors can pay for parking spaces at one of the two Pay-As-You-Go Stations (located on Lot CE).

When parking in a visitor space, remember your space number. You will need to have this number when you pay at the Pay-As-You-Go stationsNOTE: You do not have to return your ticket to your vehicle.

FEE:1st 30 minutes: Free | Hourly: $0.50 | Maximum: $3.00* Cash & Credit Card Accepted

Stations are available 6:00 am – 11:30 pm daily.  Any parking inquiries, please contact the Office of Business and Auxiliary Services at  443-885-3065 (M-F 8:00 – 5:00 pm).

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AIA Event: D Convo #96: Mckeldin Plaza
6:00 PM18:00

AIA Event: D Convo #96: Mckeldin Plaza

What is McKeldin Plaza’s role in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor landscape? What should be its future? The former Brutalist fountain anchoring this space has been removed, and temporary landscaping awaits the plaza’s revitalization as a civic space.

Design Conversation #96 focuses on the role of designers in research, advocacy, and activism around public space. It features presentations exploring McKeldin Plaza’s past, present, and future. Student design ideas from the University of Maryland landscape architecture program will be on display.

The D Convo will be filmed for a short video documenting the research findings and community dialogue. The video is funded by an AIA National initiative (Blueprint for Better Communities) and may be distributed by them, AIA Baltimore, and NDC in further conversations about McKeldin Plaza.

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USGBC Maryland Networking Happy Hour with AIA Baltimore COTE | R
11:00 AM11:00

USGBC Maryland Networking Happy Hour with AIA Baltimore COTE | R


5:00 pm – Happy Hour begins
6:00 pm – Tour

Join us for a combined end-of-year USGBC Maryland & AIA Baltimore COTE | R networking happy hour at Union Craft Brewing in Hampden. The event will include building tours of the Union Collective, good company, and great beer. Food will be available for purchase and there is ice cream just down the hall at the Charmery.

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Saving Our Suburbs (Part 1): How to Create Successful Suburbs
12:00 PM12:00

Saving Our Suburbs (Part 1): How to Create Successful Suburbs

The formulas that guided suburban growth for more than 60 years no longer work. How can suburbs adapt to increasingly complex social, economic, fiscal, and environmental demands? What new approaches can help them secure their futures?

In part one of this three-part webinar series on Saving Our Suburbs (S.O.S.), panelists will unpack data and share case studies that show how suburbs are preparing for—and succeeding in—a new demographic, cultural, and economic landscape. They’ll give perspective on how public officials and community leaders can rethink their approach to development and growth in response to changing tastes and markets.

Register here.

Panelists include:

- Chris Leinberger, Chair and Professor, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis George Washington University

- Jason Beske, AICP, Consultant and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies

- David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Stantec’s Urban Places

Join the conversation! After presentations we’ll have a Q&A period. Earn 1.5 AICP CM credits for attending.

Webinar brought to you in association with America Walks, Congress for New Urbanism, Build a Better Burb, and American Planning Association's National Capital Area Chapter

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35th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference
to Oct 26

35th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference

  • Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership"

The MPCA Conference offers Planning Commissioners, Board of Appeals members and anyone interested in citizen planning an opportunity to learn, share experiences and exchange ideas.

The 35th annual conference topics will include (but not limited to) Citizen and Professional Planner Collaboration, Cultivating New Commissioners, A Better Maryland State Development Plan, Ethics, and the Open Meetings Act.

*We have been approved for 1.5 CM Credits for the the 2:30 pm (Oct. 26) session titled Citizen Planners, Professional Planners, and Board Members: A Vital Partnership. This training has been developed in partnership with the Maryland APA. The class is open and free to anyone who would like to join at that date and time, but the full conference has a registration fee*

Conference Overview

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday, October 25

Registration Opens
8 a.m. in the Hotel Lobby

Planning Commissioner and Board of Appeals Training
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The first day of the conference includes the Planning Commissioner Training Course* that satisfies the requirements of the law. This course is a must for new commissioners and board members. The training is free and is beneficial for experienced commissioners as well as those interested in learning more about citizen planning. Anyone wishing to take the free training only and not attend the conference are welcome to register. The class will begin at 10 a.m.
*The training is free but registration is required:
Register for the training course at this link

Open Meetings Act Training
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presented by the Academy of Excellence.

Panel Discussion: Thirty Years of New Urbanism
1:50 to 2:00 p.m.

Tours of Kentlands, The Crown and the RIO Washingtonian Center
A tour of these three examples of thoughtful mixed-use planning in Gaithersburg will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday Evening Reception and Dinner
6 p.m.
Start the conference at the Reception and Dinner. This is included in the fee for attendees.

Friday, October 26

The specifics of the Friday conference program will be announced but we expect that the following session topics will be covered. As is the tradition of the MPCA conference, it promises a full day of back-to-back sessions packed with useful information on timely topics including:

  • A Better Maryland: The new state development plan

    1. Nuts and Bolts for Planning Commissioners

    2. Planning Commissioner ethics

    3. Cultivating new commissioners

    4. Resources for Reinvestment and Revitalization

    5. Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership:
      Session Summary: 

      • Professional planners, and the boards and commissions with which they work, form the front line of good, sustainable planning in Maryland's communities. Often however, this collaboration can be inconsistent and even counterproductive. This session will provide participants with best practices, tools, techniques, and processes for maximizing the working relationship of citizen and professional planners, along with board members, in the local planning context. The session will emphasize how these vital planning groups can best support each other and collaborate to achieve proper efficiency, transparency, and public responsiveness.

Attendees will learn/understand:

- How a planning or other local government department can best recruit and cultivate new Planning Commissioners.

- Best practices, procedures and systems for effective citizen and professional planner communication, training, and professional development.

- Effective citizen and professional planner collaboration on large scale planning efforts, including comprehensive planning and significant development projects.

- Best practices for collaborative interpretation of planning policies and regulations.

- How to apply these lessons to a scenario in which citizen and professional planners must work together to address a planning issue.

- Sources for further information on the topic and continued professional development, including the Planning Commissioners Journal, Maryland and other state level Planning Commissioners training courses, Planners Web, the Municipal Research and Services Center, and others.   

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change) 

See you at the conference! 

Click here to find out more about conference pricing, registration, and policies.

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Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit and 8th Annual Food Day
8:00 AM08:00

Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit and 8th Annual Food Day

  • Bowie State University, Wiseman Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Be a part of the continuing conversation about reducing wasted food in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. As awareness of the problem of wasted food increases, governments and businesses have developed ambitious goals to avoid surplus food and divert it to its highest and best uses. This summit will explore the magnitude of those goals and what will be needed to achieve them. Presentations will address gaps in food recovery infrastructure and innovative ways to bridge them; how to scale effective solutions to make meaningful progress toward goals; and strategies for food recovery across different sectors and within rural and urban areas. The Summit will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for information, discussion, and networking, with the aim of increasing food recovery in the Mid-Atlantic.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Bowie State University
Wiseman Student Center
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715

Stay tuned at for details, including speakers, agenda and Summit discussion topics.

Interested in exhibiting your business, non-profit or project? Contact Dr. Anne Osano, for more information.

The Maryland Food Recovery Summit is a free event.

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Introduction to EcoDistricts Webinar
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to EcoDistricts Webinar

AIA Baltimore Committee on the Environment & Resiliency invites you to watch a webinar presented by EcoDistricts.



EcoDistricts, based in Portland, Oregon, will offer a webinar to our community to learn about work being done around the world to create just, resilient, and sustainable neighborhoods. The webinar features knowledgeable speakers, innovative research and a variety of perspectives from which we can learn best practices as we seek to implement sustainable development in Baltimore.

EcoDistricts is a national non-profit organization pioneering a new approach to community development that put people at the forefront, and make equity and sustainability goals in the creation of neighborhoods for all.

The EcoDistricts process provides a flexible, holistic and rigorous development approach that starts with people. It provides the “how to” framework for communities to organize and achieve their own goals. Communities implementing EcoDistricts are leading the work to:

  • Change the traditional planning process by involving all stakeholders – city planners, developers, place-based organizations and individuals – from the beginning in co-developing a plan, instead of simply creating a plan and then seeking feedback.

  • Create a community governance model to guide the work over time;

  • Implement projects that balance sustainability, equality, and resilience;

  • Focus on livability, health and community need in planning, not just green infrastructure.

  • Track and report their progress over time

Learn more about EcoDistricts programs and certification standard at

Green Smart Cities, a Baltimore initiative is currently working on building an EcoDistrict within the city limits. Focused on sustainability economic development, green technology (vertical farming/aquaculture), and STEM education, etc they seek to build partnerships with symbiotic organizations to leverage our collective work and improve the social determinants of health of the citizens of Baltimore.

This webinar can be watched by you individually, or you are welcome to join our committee at the AIA Baltimore Chapter House to watch it with us. We look forward to you and your organization joining us for this webinar and the opportunity to explore the possibilities for your community’s future.

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2018 Delaware APA Regional Conference
to Oct 24

2018 Delaware APA Regional Conference

  • Rehoboth Beach Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Planning 360: Economy, Environment and Health

Since 1999, the Delaware and Maryland Chapters of the American Planning Association have jointly organized an biannual regional planning conference known as the Delaware/Maryland (or Maryland/Delaware) APA Regional Conference. This year, Delaware is the sole conference organizer, so we have named the conference the 2018 Delaware APA Regional Conference.

Typically held in the Fall, the conference is one of the best learning experiences for APA/AICP members in the region. The conference features two days of high quality, hands-on and interactive sessions, mobile workshops, planning law and planning ethics presentations, member networking, vendor contacts, plus a few surprises.

For AICP members, this is a valuable experience to gain those much needed credits for Certification Maintenance. Whether you are an APA member, an AICP member, a student, or a person with an interest in the practice of Planning, this conference always delivers something for everyone!

The 2018 Delaware APA Regional Conference will be held at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on October 23-24, 2018.

We already have commitments from two major speakers, who will likely speak at our lunches and participate in follow-up in-depth sessions.

  • Georgia Sheridan, AICP, is a veteran planner from Los Angeles who also co-created and teaches a visual communications course at UCLA. Georgia had perhaps the most popular session at last year's National APA Conference in New York, a session which explored ways planners can communicate better with the public using lessons from the advertising industry. We are bringing her to Delaware to share her useful and fun insights.

  • Dr. Tim Chapin is Dean for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Tim is one of the leading national researchers on the impacts autonomous vehicles may have on future urban design. His insights will help us to advantageously position our communities for the coming waves of autonomous vehicle deployments.

The conference is organized by volunteer APA Chapter members. Explore this website for details on the program and other activities

APA membership is not required for presenters or attendees of the conference.

We will be applying for AICP CM credits for most sessions.

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2018 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards Celebration
5:30 PM17:30

2018 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards Celebration

1 AIA/CES LU available

Join AIA Baltimore, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the architectural community for the 2018 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards Celebration. The Excellence in Design Awards promotes and publicizes the work of AIA Baltimore members throughout our region and recognizes Baltimore Architecture Foundation Golden Griffin and Roger Redden Award recipients.

The event will be held at the Design Award winning Center Stage and will include a tour of the building. The event will include heavy hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine, dancing, and networking.

Attire: Festive!

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Downtown Partnership of Baltimore - Annual Meeting 2018
4:30 PM16:30

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore - Annual Meeting 2018

  • One Light Street Baltimore, MD 21202 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Downtown Partnership and the region's most influential business, government, and community leaders for our largest networking event of the year on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

2018 was a big year for development in Downtown neighborhoods as Charles Center saw new construction from the ground-up, alongside impressive conversions within existing buildings. To celebrate, Downtown Partnership is hosting our Annual Meeting at One Light Street, the new mixed-use project that was developed by Madison Marquette, designed by AECOM, built by Donohoe Construction, and serves as the new regional headquarters for M&T Bank. The evening will feature networking, guided tours of One Light, Downtown Baltimore Award presentations, and updates on The Partnership’s major initiatives.

Hundreds of business and community leaders have already registered - reserve your spot today.

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018 
              4:30-5:30pm- Registration & Cocktail Hour
              5:30-6:30pm- Program & Awards
              6:30-7:30pm - Networking & Cocktails

WHERE: One Light Street

TICKETS: Members - $130  / Non-members - $185  
  Member block of 10: $1,170 / Non-Member block of 10: $1,665

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The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association's Annual Conference
8:30 AM08:30

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association's Annual Conference

Event Details

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to attend its annual conference on Thursday, October 18, at George Washington University.

The Thursday conference offers participants the opportunity to earn up to 5.75 AICP CM credits, including law credits. The conference will also include the biennial chapter awards ceremony and a keynote speech by Ron Sims (former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

Mobile workshops will be held the following day, Friday, October 19, at locations throughout the region. The Friday mobile workshops are free to attend.

Sessions and presenters can be found on the NCAC-APA web site. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference networking event. 

Advance registration closes Monday, October 15.

GWU Foggy Bottom Campus Map and Parking (Thursday only). The Marvin Center is located at the corner of 21st and H Streets NW (800 21st Street NW). Meeting locations and logistics for mobile workshops will be sent directly to registrants.

Thank you to GWU's Sustainable Urban Planning Program for hosting and sponsoring this year's event!

Conference Registration Here.

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2018 AICP Exam Prep Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

2018 AICP Exam Prep Workshop

  • School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation Auditorium University of Maryland - College Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Taking the AICP Exam this November or May?

Register for the 2018 AICP Exam Prep Workshop, hosted by the National Capital Area and Maryland APA chapters, on Saturday, October 13th, at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (3835 Campus Drive, College Park, MD). This popular training course will provide a review of key planning topics that could appear on the AICP Certification Exam and explain the structure of the test.

The training session will be led by the same presenters who routinely conduct the AICP Exam Prep session at the National APA Conference and will return to the DC area to walk local AICP candidates through the intricacies of the test.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please also share this event with others who may be interested in taking the AICP exam in the future.


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2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
to Dec 12

2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Five RBA medalists will receive cash prizes to enhance their projects: Gold Medalist: $50,000, four Silver Medalists: $10,000 each. Winning project case studies will be published in full in print and digital book formats.

RBA medalists are chosen by a six-member selection committee of urban experts from across the United States. The committee will meet in February 2019 to review and discuss the applications and to select the five finalists, and again in June 2019 to determine the gold and silver medalists.

Our 2019 Selection Committee includes:

Each RBA cycle yields fresh examples of innovative urban development and there is no one-size-fits-all winner profile. Medalist projects are located in small towns and big cities alike and range in scale and scope from a $150,000 art installation to a $2 billion mixed-use development. Past winners have included parks and waterfront spaces, public markets, housing, infrastructure and transit, mixed-use, adaptive re-use, and industrial land initiatives.

Visit our website today to learn more and apply for the RBA. Submissions are due December 12, 2018 by midnight EST. And help spread the word by sharing the 2019 Call for Entries with your colleagues and friends and join our conversation on Twitter (@RudyBrunerAward) using the hashtags #urbanexcellence and #RudyBrunerAward.

Not ready to enter this year but know a place that might be a good RBA candidate? We invite you to Propose a Project with one click here, too!

Meanwhile, learn more about our most recent medalists in our new book, Investing in Urban Infrastructure: The 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, available on our website. In the weeks ahead, we’ll post stories highlighting some of our past winners and share what we’ve learned about designing urban excellence over the past three decades.

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Save the Date - Doors Open Baltimore 2018
to Oct 7

Save the Date - Doors Open Baltimore 2018

October 6 & 7 2018

Doors Open Baltimore returns this year with a full weekend of free architecture exploration! See over 50 buildings across the city and go on 30 guided tours of neighborhoods and buildings. It all happens October 6 & 7. 

The full list of sites will be available on in the coming weeks. Until then, follow the event in FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for announcements. We hope to see you there!

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National Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit
to Oct 7

National Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

  • UMD's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

National Dialogue, Local Impact


Communities around the Washington, DC region are experiencing rapid changes that intersect with concerns for arts and cultural programming. This conference will discuss the ramifications of issues, such as gentrification, environmental instability, and the loss of cultural and historic assets to the region with the aim of developing creative solutions and strong community leadership through an engagement with the arts and design.

Interactive sessions will provide attendees with strategies to bring back to their own communities. Topics include artists and designers as change agents, public/private partnerships, grassroots change, placekeeping, zoning and policy, and advancing equity, social and environmental justice. Those interested in public policy, neighborhood change, urban and environmental planning, and social equity as advanced through Creative Placemaking are encouraged to register. 

Click HERE for more information on the Agenda and more!


Choose what's right for you!


Presented by

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

& ArtPlace America

Hosted by

University of Maryland

School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation

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ABA Section of State & Local Government Conference
to Oct 5

ABA Section of State & Local Government Conference

The Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association is pleased to support:

The ABA Section of State and Local Government’s upcoming fall CLE and Networking Conference

On October 4-5, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas

The conference will feature CLE sessions on:

  • Land Use and Resiliency and Creating Resilient Communities

  • Voter laws and redistricting

  • Regulation of the sharing economy

  • FHA claims after inclusive communities


For more information about these sessions and how to register, click here.

PLD will serve as CM Provider for this event. For information about available CM Credits, click here.

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DesignDC 2018: Constructing an Equitable Future
to Oct 4

DesignDC 2018: Constructing an Equitable Future

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year’s DesignDC conference theme is Constructing an Equitable Future. The conference will analyze the role of architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, and developers in creating working, playing, and living spaces open to all regardless of ability, income-level, or age.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Affordable housing
  • Designing for the differently-abled or aging populations
  • Creating healthier, more resilient, places to live, work and play
  • Practice and project management
  • New tools and strategies including data mining and virtual reality technology

Proposals can range from buildings to interiors and urban plans to landscapes. They can be about in-firm solutions, project goals, or concerns on a regional or global scale. Preference will be given to those presentations that best fit the theme. The DesignDC Committee is particularly interested in case studies in the region, local partnerships, and topics relevant to the Mid-Atlantic.

DesignDC is the premier regional conference focused on the unique challenges posed by working in Metropolitan Washington for architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, and developers in the DC Metropolitan area. This three-day conference features two days of educational sessions and trade show exhibits at the Washington Convention Center, and a third day full of opportunities to tour projects across DC, MD, and VA. Earn AIA, GBCI, AICP, IIDA, and LACES credits at all three days of DesignDC.

Additional Links:

Find the agenda here.

Find the pricing here


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Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now
to Sep 29

Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites you to join us for Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 27-29, 2018.

 This three-day symposium taking place at the museum in Washington, DC examines the activism, engagement, and impact of black architects and planners after Whitney M. Young, Jr.’s landmark 1968 address to the American Institute of Architects. It will bring together industry professionals, scholars and students, and luminaries of the era for thought provoking discussions about the achievements as well as challenges within architecture and planning over the past fifty years.

Why 1968? In June 1968, Whitney M. Young Jr., Executive Director of the National Urban League, delivered a landmark address to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He called for more diversity in the profession and challenged architects to act on critical issues facing urban communities. Following Young’s speech, new funding initiatives opened doors for minority students to pursue architecture and planning degrees in greater numbers. Also during this era, architect J. Max Bond Jr. mentored several students and shaped their commitments to social justice and community needs.

Given this rich context, the symposium asks:

  1. What can we learn from that pivotal era in the late 1960s?

  2. What are black architects and planners passionate about today?

  3. Who is leading the way forward, and how?

Speakers include: Sharon Egretta Sutton, Keynote Presentation; Carla Jackson Bell; Michael Ford; Toni L. Griffin; Zena Howard; Malo Hutson; Olalekan Jeyifous; Melvin L. Mitchell; Curtis Moody; Renee Kemp-Rotan; Richard Dozier; Sara Zewde, among others.

Symposium Overview

Thursday, Sept 27, 4:00pm - 8:30pm

  • Activism in Architecture and Planning: 1968 in Review

Friday, Sept 28, 8:45am - 7:30pm

  • Keynote Presentation

  • Building a Legacy

  • Designing for the Culture

  • Planning for Justice

Saturday, Sept 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (at the National Museum of African Art)

  • Shifting the Lens: Diaspora Perspectives on Architecture and Design


  • To bring greater visibility to black architects by sharing past achievements and current challenges as well as new passions and enduring commitments

  • To include planners in conversations about the work black architects and other design professionals undertake within the built environment

  • To highlight the projects and advocacy of architects and planners who seek to create just communities and more equitable spaces, thereby improving the quality of life for African Americans and others who have been adversely affected (historically and in the present) by discriminatory policies and practices shaping the built environment

  • To provide students and the general public opportunities to engage with design professionals, thereby making these professions more accessible and attractive career options for future practitioners

Registration opens after July 16. Since this event is open to the public, we anticipate seats will fill quickly. If you plan to attend, be sure to register on or close to the opening day. You may also share the symposium website with individuals who plan to attend, so they can be ready to register next week.

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In The Zone: Farm Alcohol Producer Zoning in Carroll County
6:00 PM18:00

In The Zone: Farm Alcohol Producer Zoning in Carroll County

Come join The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association for an evening of wine and fun! Learn about local zoning codes and Farm Alcohol Producer Zoning in Carroll County.

This event is worth 1 CM Credit.

$10 on eventbrite for members and non members, no sales at door.

Bring your wallet because this is a cash bar event. 

Hope to see you there!


6:00-6:30 PM Sign in and Mingle

6:30-7:30 PM Presentation

                       Opening Remarks – APA MD President Jim Palma

                       Welcome- Old Westminster Winery

                       Brenda Dinne: County Presentation on Crafting Alcohol Farm Producer Zoning Code

                       Janna Howley: Grow and Fortify Presentation on Alcohol Farm Producers

                       Question and Answer Session

7:30 – 8:00 PM Closing

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The 104th ICMA Annual Conference
to Sep 26

The 104th ICMA Annual Conference

ICMA invites you to attend the 104th ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore on September 23-26, 2018. Whether you are a newcomer to local government or a seasoned professional, here are a few reasons to make the ICMA Annual Conference the professional development event you don't want to miss:

  • Learn firsthand from expert practitioners
  • Hear about leading practices for local government management
  • Network with 3,000+ local government professionals from around the world
  • Experience an expansive exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and services

This is your chance to be engaged, inspired, and informed on the profession through our keynote addresses, educational sessions, interactive workshops, awards, networking, and more! I hope you'll join me!

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APA's 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference
to Sep 25

APA's 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference

September 23-25 | Washington, D.C.

Connect with planners and officials on important planning policy issues and expand your network.

Advocate for stronger communities by speaking out on legislative issues that affect planning.

Learn how to address planning policy issues at both the federal and local levels.

  • Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  9:15 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


  • Get up to speed on the latest in advocacy and communications with this year's optional pre-conference training selections.

    Activity ID: #9153131 

  • Training (three concurrent sessions)

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

  • Get up to speed on the latest in advocacy and communications with this year's optional pre-conference training selection.

    Activity ID: #9153132 

  • All Leadership Luncheon and Planning Home Training

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  12 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Learn how to effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders that planning is a part of the solution to the nation's housing affordability crisis.

    Activity ID: #9153133 

  • Delegate Assembly

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 4 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Delegates from across the nation will convene to craft new policy guides addressing some of planning’s most pressing and essential concerns: social equity, transportation, and housing. Attend to contribute to APA’s policy positions and advance efforts to achieve universal access to opportunity.

    Activity ID: #9153135 

  • Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Land Value Capture for Infrastructure Finance

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  4:30 PM - 6 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    An expert panel will review land value capture as a tool for municipal infrastructure finance. Learn what land value capture is, understand how states and localities leverage select land value capture instruments, and hear examples of effective use of land value capture tools. Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

    Activity ID: #9153136 

  • Opening Reception

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  6 PM - 7 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Network with colleagues, partners, and staff as we celebrate the opening of the 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference. The reception is open to all conference attendees.

    Activity ID: #9153137 

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

  • Federal Partner Breakfast

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  8 AM - 9 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Hear from and network with representatives from the federal agencies whose programs planners rely on locally every day. Breakfast will be provided.

    Activity ID: #9153142 

  • Plenary: Understanding Our Housing Crisis

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  9 AM - 10 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Housing affordability and other challenges are among the most pressing issues facing planners, policy makers, and local governments. This plenary session will examine the status of housing in the United States, with a close look at housing market trends ten years on from the Great Recession.

    Activity ID: #9153143 

  • Plenary: Impacts of Tax Reform on Housing and Economic Development

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    In late 2017, Congress enacted the most sweeping reform of the federal tax code in a generation. An expert panel will evaluate the tax law’s new Opportunity Zones, examine the impact on existing tools like Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and discuss where tax and tax-credit policy related to community and economic development may be headed.

    Activity ID: #9153145 

  • New Policy Frontiers for Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    This session will examine the state of federal AV legislation as well as ongoing rulemaking and guidance from U.S. DOT. Experts will discuss state-level activities and their likely impacts on both communities and the AV industry. Panelists also will highlight state and federal initiatives to help communities adopt and implement new smart cities and connected infrastructure technologies.

    Activity ID: #9153147 

  • Planning Home: State Housing Reform

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    From state statutes enabling local planning tools to vital funding and finance programs, states play a critical, and growing, role in housing policy. Increasingly, states are looking at changes to zoning and other local regulations with an eye toward addressing housing issues. This session will examine recent high-profile state legislative campaigns, and how housing will play a role in 2019.

    Activity ID: #9153146 

  • Luncheon Plenary: Pathways to Prosperity

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  12:30 PM - 1:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Our luncheon keynote will examine critical questions: How will we expand access to opportunity and prosperity in our cities, towns, and communities? What role can planning and new policy solutions play in driving inclusive growth, fueling equitable development, and building more just and prosperous places?

    Activity ID: #9153148 

  • Advancing Federal Resiliency and Hazard Policy

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 3 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Panelists will detail the status of critical federal issues ranging from reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program to the Digital Coast Partnership. Find out how state hazard-planning statutes stack up and where policy innovation is happening. Experts also will discuss advocacy approaches for advancing smarter policies and funding resiliency and hazard planning.

    Activity ID: #9153150 

  • Planning Home: Local Innovation

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 3 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Another key component of APA’s Planning Home action agenda is promoting innovations in local planning, codes, and policies. Cities are responding to housing challenges in new and important ways and this session will explore the landscape of local innovation. Attend to hear what communities are doing to make local plans and codes part of the housing solution.

    Activity ID: #9153149 

  • Planning Home: Funding, Finance, and Inclusive Growth

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    This session will feature in-depth discussion of how state, local, and federal policy makers are approaching housing-program issues that include funding, ensuring universal benefits from new development, and financing incentives and policies that support smart planning in both weak and strong housing markets. Examine the state of federal fair-housing policy and the future of HUD’s AFFH rule.

    Activity ID: #9153151 

  • What’s Next for Infrastructure Policy?

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    In Washington, recent funding bills have substantially expanded key infrastructure programs, and water and aviation bills have progressed. This session will examine what has changed, what might lie ahead in terms of funding and policy, and what states and localities are doing to fund infrastructure initiatives.

    Activity ID: #9153152 

  • Evening Plenary: Planners as Legislators and Leaders

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Celebrate leadership with a panel of planners who have gone on to serve as elected officials. Find how what motivated them, how planning inspired their work, and the lessons they have learned about influencing elected officials, changing policy, and electing champions for good planning.

    Activity ID: #9153153 

  • Evening Reception on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  6 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Join planners, elected officials, and their staffs on Capitol Hill to honor the planning stories in state and districts nationwide through APA's Great Places in America program. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

    Activity ID: #9153155 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

  • Breakfast Orientation

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  7 AM - 8 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Start the most important planning advocacy event of 2018 with a breakfast orientation on the day’s activities. Pick up your final meetings schedule, coordinate with meeting participants, and get helpful information for making your day on Capitol Hill easy and successful.

    Activity ID: #9153172 

  • Great Places in America Announcement

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  9:30 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Share in the exciting moment outside of Capitol Hill when APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, announces the 2018 Great Places in America.

    Activity ID: #9153175 

  • Group picture on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  9:50 AM - 10 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Gather with your fellow advocates for a group photo behind the Capitol building before Planners’ Day meetings get underway.

    Activity ID: #9153176 

  • Meetings on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  10 AM - 4 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    APA will provide customized meeting itineraries for all participants to meet with their congressional representatives throughout the day. Participants also will have access to a mobile app programmed with full meeting details and support.

    Activity ID: #9153177 

  • Congressional Luncheon

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  12 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration


    Join fellow Planners’ Day participants for a special Capitol Hill luncheon featuring remarks by members of Congress and a special announcement.

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Planners' Trivia Night
6:30 PM18:30

Planners' Trivia Night

Join us for the annual Planners' Trivia Night, a chance to test your planning brain and amaze your colleagues.

Whether you're boning up for the AICP exam, thinking about it "at some point," or just need a place to release all those pesky facts, this is a great way to find out what you don't know!

When: Mon, September 17th, 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Right Proper Brewing Company, 624 T Street NW, Washington DC 

Register on Eventbrite!

Trivia topics will cover city planning, the Washington, D.C. region, and other planning-adjacent esoterica. Prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring team and the most creative team name. Bring your own power team or mix it up with others at random.

Registration includes two drink tickets, tasty hors d’oeuvres, and all the trivia you can handle. $10 advance registration ends September 14th. If available, on-site registration will be $15.

Brought to you by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association

Hosted by OK! Trivia

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3:00 PM15:00


  • The Hotel at The University of Maryland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What You'll Learn:

1. Is the Purple Line what Prince George's County needs to attract office tenants and residents?

2. With massive mixed-use projects in the pipeline, is there enough demand to fill the space?

3. How can you get involved in the projects creating downtown, urban centers for the county?

4. How are transit oriented developments transforming the county?

5. Without the FBI and HQ2, what is the county's next big win?


3:00 PM - 3:30 PMRegistration & Networking

3:30 PM - 4:15 PMBuilding a Downtown

4:15 PM - 4:20 PMNetworking Break

4:20 PM - 5:05 PMDiscovering the District

5:05 PM - 6:30 PMNetworking, Hors d'Oeuvres, and Beer & Wine

Purchase tickets here.

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