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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

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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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2018 AICP Exam Prep Workshop