When:     Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where:    Fair Park - Briscoe Carpenter Center (see map to location)
                1403 Washington St, Dallas, TX 75210

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The Greater Dallas Planning Council has announced the winners of its annual Urban Design Awards recognizing projects and individuals for excellence and leadership in urban design and urban planning in the Dallas region. For several years, the GDPC has recognized local leaders in the fields of planning, engineering, architecture and design for both their achievements and inspiration to the community.  This year’s list of award winners proves there continues to be leaders who demonstrate vision and excellence.

This year’s awards also reflect a recognition of a former president of the GDPC and a long-time board member.   Mark Goode PE was president of the GDPC in 1993 and continued to provide insight into GDPC’s transportation efforts.  Mark was also part of a team that won the Dream Award in 2016 for his participation in CityMap.  Mark passed away in November, and the GDPC intends to honor him by renaming the Urban Pioneer Award the Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award.

Built Project Award Winner:

Arlington City Center

Project Participants include:  City of Arlington, Catalyst Urban Development, Dodson Development Designers, Dewberry Architects and WDG Architects

This project is a multi-block urban mixed-use center of activity that combines the City of Arlington’s existing City Hall and administration facilities with a new council chamber, new central library, performing arts park and private development containing new residential lofts, small office, restaurant, retail space and shared garage parking.  The development is the result of a creative collaboration between a private developer and the city through an effective public/private partnership.  

Honorable Mention:  The Hill Shopping Center– CAPREF Walnut Hill LLC, Pacheco Koch, Looney Ricks Kiss and Lake Flato

Honorable Mention:  Dallas Farmers Market Redevelopment  - GFF  (Architecture/Landscape  Architecture),  RLG  (Civil  Engineering) and Spectrum  Properties  (Owner/Project  Management)

Dream/Study Award Winner:

Collin Creek Mall

Designer:  CallisonRTKL Inc.

Collin Creek Mall was the subject of a design study aimed at finding creative solutions for declining mall assets.  Driven by the individual systems of infrastructure and economics, the traditional mall largely ignored the social and natural systems, which uniquely increase in value over time.   The project envisioned a systems approach to development which re-establishes linkages by focusing on the long-term value of natural systems.  In this approach as the natural systems mature, all other systems increase in sustained viability.  The result is a more experiential destination that creates a re-imagined social hub for the city. 

Honorable Mention:  Davis at the Square McKinney – Columbus Realty Partners, JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Space Between Design Studios and Keaton Interiors

Honorable Mention:  Forest TheaterCity Square, HKS Architects and Quimby McCoy Preservation Architects

Dunnigan Media Award Winner:

Matt Goodman 

Mr. Goodman is the online editorial director for D Magazine, where he oversees the journalism produced for the website and, in particular, its FrontBurner news blog.  He has written about the privatization of Fair Park, housing and poverty in the City of Dallas, the future of the Trinity River Park, and explored the potential for neighborhoods in need of smarter investment.  He has edited and overseen coverage of criminal justice reform, challenges of affordable housing in the city, in particular the complexity of the city’s first housing policy, and last year’s bond package, which was the most comprehensive analysis written about what was being voted on in that election.  

Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Gary Thomas, DART

Gary C. Thomas is president and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).  Mr. Thomas is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail and para-transit services.  Under his leadership, DART has doubled its light rail system twice to become the nation’s longest at 93 miles.  Several of the projects recognized in the past have had a transit-oriented design component to them.  These projects would not have been the same without the transit – something that Gary has helped make possible through his leadership of DART.

Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award Winner:

Lorena Toffer and Peter Goldstein

Nominated by: Jaynie Schultz

These two people, one an architect and the other a teacher of architecture, meet every criteria award.  Because of their vision and fortitude, Dallas Independent School District now has CityLab High School, which opened in 2017 and is continuing to develop and grow, continuing to add one new grade level each school year.  The vision of CityLab is to create an inner-city high school where students use the city as a lab and engage and explore the diverse social fabric and neighborhoods of Dallas. 

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 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dunnigan Media Award
  • Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award

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

Mark Goode 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"

Urban Design Awards Presentations

2018 UDA Final Presentation
2018 UDA Winners Presentation

2016 UDA Presentation
2015 UDA Presentation
2014 UDA Presentation