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Call for nominations – Get recognized by the APA Calif. Northern Section!

By Brynn McKiernan, AICP.

The Northern Section is officially opening a call for nominations for Section Awards including new Special Recognition Awards. In previous years, several Northern Section winners went on to garner State and National Awards. Let’s keep up the tradition and recognize the best in planning.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12, 2021

The Section Awards Categories for 2021 are:


Opportunity and Empowerment

Comprehensive Plan – Large and Small Jurisdictions (two awards)

Implementation – Large and Small Jurisdictions (two awards)

Innovation in Green Community Planning

Economic Planning and Development

Transportation Planning

Best Practices

Grassroots Initiative

Public Outreach

Urban Design

Communications Initiative

Hard-won Victory

Advancing Diversity and Social Change

Planning Landmark


Planning Pioneer

Planning Advocate

Planning Firm (private sector)

Planning Agency (public sector)

Emerging Planning and Design Firm

Academic Award

SECTION ONLY – Project Awards

Planning and Health

Social and Environmental Justice

Planning and Food Systems

Great Places

SECTION ONLYSpecial Recognition Awards

It can take years to complete plans, and policies require time to implement, but planners work hard every day to push for progress and forge lasting impacts in our cities. Let’s recognize and celebrate these talented planners with these NEW Special Recognition Award Categories:

  1. Emerging Planner
  2. Mid-Level Planner
  3. Seasoned Planner

Do you have in mind a planner you want to nominate? Send us their qualifications!

For a description of the awards categories, rules, and applications, please visit For questions or more information, please contact Brynn McKiernan at

Would you like to be an APA CA Northern Awards Juror?

Maybe your award-winning project not ready for submission this year but you still would like to be involved. Come serve on our esteemed jury to select the 2021 APA Northern Section Winners. Please email Brynn McKiernan ( with a short statement of interest and your résumé by 5 pm February 26th. Note: Participation is mandatory at the virtual Jury Deliberation Day to be held either Friday, April 9 and/or Friday, April 16. Award ceremony attendance is also mandatory.

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Sponsorship opportunities include Gala Tickets; advertising in the Northern News/ Email Blasts; and recognition during the Gala. You can see the perks here.

To become a sponsor, contact Brynn McKiernan.

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