Awards Program


The APA California Awards Program encourages quality in planning and increases the public’s awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, lay contributors to planning and achievements of local APA California Sections.

APA California Planning Awards are presented annually at the APA California Conference in two categories: Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit. Additionally, Scholastic Awards are given to students by the California Planning Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-deductible arm of APA California, and Historic Planning Landmark Awards are given to historical projects.

APA California Awards

APA California is honored to recognize the outstanding planners, projects and planning efforts throughout the state.

Nominations for the 2014 APA California Awards are being accepted now through June 2, 2014. Section level award winners for some award categories qualify for consideration at the State level, and many other categories need not win at the Section level to be eligible for a State Award. The State Award categories have been updated this year, with new categories – see list below.

APA 2014 Awards Application

2014 Awards Program Policies

APA California award categories

Opportunity and Empowerment  NEW

Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)

Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)

Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)

Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)

Innovation in Green Community Planning

Economic Planning and Development NEW

Transportation Planning NEW

Best Practices

Grassroots Initiative

Public Outreach NEW

Urban Design NEW

Planning Advocate NEW

Planning Firm (private sector) NEW

Planning Agency (public sector) NEW

Emerging Planning and Design Firm NEW

Advancing Diversity and Social Change

Academic

Communications Initiative NEW

Hard-Won Victories

Planning Landmark

Planning Pioneer

Distinguished Service

Distinguished Contribution

Section Activity

Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)

For questions on the Awards Program, please contact:

State Awards Coordinator (North)
John Cook, AICP
Circlepoint
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 285-6725
j.cook@circlepoint.com

State Awards Coordinator (South)
Danny Castro
City of Sierra Madre
232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-7135
dcastro@cityofsierramadre.com

Vice President for Administration
Kristen Asp, AICP
City of Glendale
633 E. Broadway, Room 103
Glendale CA 91206
(818) 937-8161 (w)
(818) 240-0392 (f)
kasp@ci.glendale.ca.us

 

Student scholarship Awards

Each year the California Planning Foundation (CPF) invites planning students to compete for a number of scholarships. Scholarships are offered to students enrolled in eligible planning programs in California (both accredited and non-accredited programs). The scholarship awards are recognized at a special student awards luncheon, hosted by CPF, and held separate from the State Awards luncheon during the conference.  Scholarship information is available on the CPF website.