Urban Design Awards

GDPC has an annual tradition of honoring outstanding planning and development of projects in our five categories:

            • Built Project Award
            • Dream/Study Project Award
            • Kessler Award
            • Dunnigan Media Award
            • Urban Pioneer Award


2017 Urban Design Awards Reception

The 2017 UDA reception will be held on Thursday, November 30, from 6-9:30 pm at the Latino Cultural Center. Click here for more event details, here for sponsorship opportunity details, and here to purchase tickets/sponsorship.


2017 Urban Design Awards Nominations

The Greater Dallas Planning Council is proud to announce the "Call for Entries" for the 2017 Urban Design Awards! The GDPC annually recognizes outstanding urban planning and design in the North Texas region through the Urban Design Awards. Please nominate recent examples of planning and/or urban design excellence. Remember, this is your chance to nominate a deserving project by the October 20th deadlineSelect an award category below and submit your nomination through the online form. (Please gather all of your nomination information before you start completing the electronic form. Once you start completing the nomination form, there is not an option to save and continue later.) You may also complete the Word document nomination form and submit it, along with attachments, to GDPC@JHParch.com.

Built Project Award - A Project that:

  • Was completed within the last five years
  • Improves the character, sense of place and fabric of the community, and has, or has the potential to, catalyze positive change in the built environment as a result of the project
  • Contributes to the public realm while also enhancing the transition from public to private space
  • Creates a successful public space

Dream/Study Project Award - A Project or Plan that:

  • Exemplifies best practice in urban design
  • Employs innovative strategies to improve the quality of place and quality of life in the community
  • If built or implemented, would embody the criteria for the Built Awards
  • Would be an asset to the community

Kessler Award - An Individual or Group that:

  • Demonstrates a lasting and significant commitment along with sustained sensitivity to the urban environment - clearly contributing towards great urban design and sustainability
  • Demonstrates continued influence and sets an example for others to emulate
  • Prior recipients of the Kessler Award are not eligible

Dunnigan Media Award - An Individual or Group that:

  • Demonstrates excellence in reporting in any media on issues affecting quality growth of the region
  • Advances the dialogue around sound urban planning and design in the region
  • Represents any media - print, television, video, radio or social media

Urban Pioneer Award - An Individual or Group that:

  • Exemplifies risk-taking and innovation in the field
  • Promotes and advocates for new and innovative change in the urban environment and/or community advocacy
  • Exhibited extraordinary initiative and impact within a recent timeframe - "up and coming"

Complete instructions for nominations and general submission requirements can be downloaded here.



Benefactors & Supporters

  • JHP  Architecture / Urban Design


Urban Design Awards Presentations

2016 UDA Presentation
2015 UDA Presentation
2014 UDA Presentation

2016 Winners

Built Project Award Winner:

Garland City Center


Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: City of Garland; Oaks Properties, LLC; Consultant Team: VAI Architects; JHP architecture/urban design; David C. Baldwin Incorporated

Honorable Mention: Cedar Crest Bridge 

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: City of Dallas; Cedar Crest Neighborhood Association; Consultant Team: Halff Associates, Inc. with Bowman-Melton Associates, Inc., Baker Consulting Associates, Salcedo Group, Urban Engineers and Better Block

Honorable Mention: DART Blue Line 

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); City of Dallas, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, Dallas Police Department and University of North Texas at Dallas; Consultant Team: URS Corporation; Blue Alliance Partners (BAP) a Joint Venture which includes HNTB Corporation and Dikita Enterprises, Inc.; South Oak Cliff Alliance (SOCA) a Joint Venture consisting of Archer Western Contractors, Phillips/May Corporation, and Robinson Industries; UNT Dallas Station Artist - Annette Lawrence; Camp Wisdom Station Artist - Anitra Blayton; Ledbetter Station Artist Johnice Parker

Honorable Mention: Durham Neighborhood Park 

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: Owner: City of Richardson; Project Stakeholders and Drivers: Richardson Heights Neighborhood Association and Cottonwood Heights Neighborhood Association; Designer: Studio Outside

Dream/Unbuilt Project Award Winner:

Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan 

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: Texas Trees Foundation (TTF); Southwestern Medical District (SWMD); Prime Consultant: Design Workshop; Sub-Consultant: Dahlberg Landscape Design Studio  

Honorable Mention: Historic Preservation Task Force Report 

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: City of Dallas; Downtown Dallas Historic Preservation Task Force

Honorable Mention: CityMAP

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: Owner: TxDOT; HNTB (Project Lead), Kimley Horn, Gateway Planning, Catalyst Commercial, EJES, OCGPR

Honorable Mention: Neighborhood Plus

Design/Firm/Parties of Interest: City of Dallas, Planning and Urban Design Department; Consultant Team: Fregonese Associates; Marquez Community Strategy

Dunnigan Media Award Winner:

Robert Wilonsky / Dallas Morning News 


Kessler Award Winner:

Frank Turner, FAICP


Urban Pioneer Award Winner:

Jason Roberts