The 2019 UDA reception will be held on Tuesday, December 10th, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Dallas High School – Offices of Perkins+Will.

To sign up to be a sponsor or to purchase an individual ticket to the awards reception, please REGISTER NOW. Sponsorship packages are still available! November 21st is the cut off to be recognized in the program and event signage.


The Greater Dallas Planning Council has an annual tradition of honoring outstanding urban planning and design projects in our five distinctive GDPC Urban Design Award categories:

  • Built Project Award
  • Dream/Study Project Award
  • Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dunnigan Community Engagement 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 Lifetime Achievement 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 Community Engagement Award - An Individual or Group that:

  • Demonstrates excellence in community outreach on issues affecting quality growth of the region.
  • Advances the dialogue around sound urban planning and design in the region.
  • Represents any form of outreach including print, television, radio, social media, and other modes or methods of community engagement.

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." 



Archer Western Armstrong-Douglass Structural Engineers Cemetrics
City Centric Planning City of Wilmer Dean International
DeShazo Group DFW Airport  Diverse Global Strategies
Downtown Dallas Freese and Nichols, Inc .GFF Planning
Halff Associates, Inc. Incredi-Brand Media Jacobs
Lawton Repro Masterplan Michael Baker International
Mike (Michael) Grace, AICP, MRCP  Oncor  Savorista Cafe
Trust for Public Land UT-Arlington  



The winners of the 2018 Urban Design Awards are listed below.  

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. 

Urban Design Awards Presentations 2014 to 2018

2018 UDA Final Presentation
2018 UDA Winners Presentation

2016 UDA Presentation
2015 UDA Presentation
2014 UDA Presentation

Urban Design Winners 1990 to 2018