APA California Northern Section Awards 2022

The purpose of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section Awards Program is to encourage quality in planning and increase the public’s awareness of the planning profession through recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. Each year, the Northern Section bestows Planning Awards to honor the most outstanding efforts in planning in the Section. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, and lay contributors to planning and achievements of the Northern Section. Often, our Section winners ascend to win awards at the State and National levels!

APA 2022 California Chapter Northern Section Awards

Important dates

  1. Application window – February 22- April 1
  2. Jury Selection day(s) – April 8 & April 9
  3. Winner Notification – April 14
  4. Trophy Order Form – April 14- May 5 (upon receipt of award notification)
  5. Awards Gala – September

The APA Northern Section Awards 2022 Application Window is NOW OPEN.

Award Application Period: February 22nd – April 1

Please submit your applications by 5:00 pm April 1st  via email at awardssubmissions@norcalapa.org

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the online form here
  2. Application – See below for file format and labeling directions
    1. Summary Description of Submission – up to half a page
    2. Award Criteria – (1 to 2 pages);
      1. State-Eligible Awards
      1. Section-Only Awards
    3. 150-word summary that will be used in our video presentation. Please include the following information in the summary.
      1. Name of project/plan/person nominated
      2. Why the plan/person was nominated
      3. 3-4 sentences about how the nomination meets the awards criteria
  1. Electronic version of Submission  See below for file format and labeling directions
  2. Eight (8) high resolution images – these images will be used in our video presentation

File and e-mail format:

  • Application Format: Include ONE (1) PDF of the three to four-pages with the Award Category and Project name on each page. PDF contents should include:
    • One page titled ‘Summary Description
    • 1-2 pages titled ‘Awards Criteria
    • One page titled ‘150-Word Summary’.
    • Label PDF in the following format:
      • 1. [Award Category]_Application__[Project Name]__[Applicant].
  • Include One (1) PDF of the Electronic Submission labeled in the following format.
    • “2. [Award Category]_Project File__ [Project Name]__[Applicant]”.
  • E-mail Subject Line Format:
    • [Award Category]_[Project Name]__[Applicant]
  • You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your application is received. If you do not receive a confirmation within [5] days of submittal, your application was not received.

For any questions please email awards@norcalapa.org 

Jury Application Period: February 22nd  – April 1st 

Is your award-winning project not ready for submission this year and you want to serve on our esteemed jury to select the 2022 APA Northern Section Winners? Please email Danae Hall at awards@norcalapa.org with a short statement of interest and your resume by 5pm April 1st. Note that participation at the virtual Jury Deliberation Day(s) is mandatory and will be held on Thursday April 8th and Friday April 9th. Award ceremony attendance is also mandatory; ceremony date is TBD. 

Save the date

Come celebrate the Northern Section Superstars at the APA Northern Section Awards Gala! We hope to celebrate in-person in September, 2022. Date and location TBD.

APA California, 2021 California Chapter, Northern Section Awards

Northern Section 2021 Awards announced

The results are in. Join us in congratulating the best of Northern California planning! The Awards Gala is tentatively planned for November 2021 – stay tuned for event information

Our jurors were:

  • Ozzy Arce, City of Walnut Creek
  • Florentina Craciun, City and County of San Francisco
  • Amalia Cunningham, AICP, Contra Costa County
  • Eri Suzuki, SiteLab
  • Aaron Welch, Aaron Welch Planning

And the winners are:

Academic Award

Award of Excellence: Alum Rock Avenue Community Assessment, San Jose State University Master of Urban Planning Program

  • Team: Graduate Students in the San Jose State University Masters of Urban Planning Program Capstone Studio: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Award of Merit: Access Denied? Perceptions of new Mobility Services among Disabled People in San Francisco

  • Maddy Ruvolo | UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies | UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency | Senior and Disability Action

Best Practices

Award of Excellence: Innovation in Oakland

  • Team: Darin Ranelletti, City of Oakland | MTC/ABAG, Ada Chan | Urban Planning Partners, Lynette Dias and Meredith Rupp
  • Team: UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Research team: Brian D. Taylor, FAICP; Evelyn Blumenberg, Jacob L. Wasserman, Mark Garrett, Andrew Schouten, Hannah King, Julene Paul, and Madeline Ruvolo | Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Supervisory staff: Alix Bockelman and Kenneth Folan

Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction

Award of Excellence: Tasman East Specific Plan

  • Team: City of Santa Clara | Ensemble/Rethink Development | Related California | Holland Partner Group | Summerhill Apartment Communities | St. Anton Communities | Greystar Development

Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction

Award of Merit: City of Gilroy 2040 General Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report

  • Team: Mintier Harnish: Jim Harnish and Brenton Gibbons, AICP | City of Gilroy: Stan Ketchum, Julie Wyrick, AICP, Cindy McCormick | EMC Planning Group: Teri Wissler Adam | Hexagon Transportation: Jeff Elia | Applied Development Economics: Doug Svensson

Grassroots Initiative

Award of Excellence: Rebuilding Downtown Santa Clara

  • Team: Reclaiming Our Downtown | Santa Clara Parade of Champion | Old Quad Resident Association

Hard-won Victory

Award of Excellence: Concord Hills Regional Park Land Use Plan

  • Team: East Bay Regional Park District | PlaceWorks, Inc.

Innovation in Green Community Planning

Award of Excellence: Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study

  • Team: Sonoma County Regional Parks | Alta Planning + Design | W-Trans | Green Valley Consulting Engineers | Miller Pacific Engineering Group | Alta Archaeological Consulting | Peter Baye | Rachel Kamman

Opportunity and Empowerment

Award of Merit: San Martin Strategic Development Plan and Urban Design Visions

  • Team: 12 Graduate and 38 Undergraduate students in CRP 553 and CRP 341 Spring 2020 San Martin studios, instructors Dr. Hemalata C. Dandekar and Dr. Vicente del Rio, City and Regional Planning, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo | Rob Eastwood, Bharat Singh, Michael Meehan,  County of Santa Clara, Planning Department

Planning for Health

Award of Merit: Lillian Commons – Morgan Hill Medical Campus

  • Team: EMC Planning Group – Michael Groves, AICP, and Elizabeth King, Principal Planner/Designer

Public Outreach

Award of Excellence: La Honda Public Access Working Group

  • Team: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District | MIG Inc.

Transportation Planning

Award of Excellence: Redwood City Citywide Transportation Plan (RWCmoves)

  • Team: City of Redwood City | Fehr & Peers | CDM Smith | Bottomley Design & Planning | Wendy Silvani Consulting

Award of Merit: Richmond Ferry to Bridge to Greenway Complete Streets Plan

  • Team: City of Richmond | PlaceWorks, Inc. | Toole Design Group | CSW/ST2 Engineering | Bike East Bay

Urban Design

Award of Excellence: Balboa Reservoir Design Standards and Guidelines

  • Team: PYATOK architecture + urban design | Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP, Architecture/Urban Design | GLS Landscape/Architecture

Award of Merit: Livermore Downtown Core Revitalization

  • Team: RRM Design Group | City of Livermore

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities include Gala Tickets; advertising in the Northern News and email list; and recognition during the Gala.

Past award winners