APA California Awards


APA California Awards Applications

The Awards Committee encourages you to submit your outstanding project, program, plan or person for this year’s program. Some nominations require a win at the Section level to be eligible for a Chapter award and many other award categories need not win a Section award to qualify. Nominations for a Chapter Award must have first applied at the local Section level where the project, plan or work occurred, unless the award is not offered at the Section level or the project is of significance in multiple Sections.

Awards Program Policies

2021 Awards Application

Complete nominations must be submitted by May 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.  For more information, or assistance, please email the APA California Awards Committee at awards@apacalifornia.org.


Award categories

  • Academic
  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change
  • Best Practices
  • Communications Initiative
  • Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. >100,000)
  • Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. <100,000)
  • Distinguished Contribution
  • Distinguished Service
  • Economic Planning and Development
  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm
  • Grassroots Initiative
  • Hard-Won Victory
  • Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. >100,000)
  • Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. <100,000)
  • Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Opportunity and Empowerment
  • Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)
  • Planning Advocate
  • Planning Agency (public sector)
  • Planning Firm (private sector)
  • Planning Landmark
  • Planning Pioneer
  • Public Outreach
  • Section Activity
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban Design

For questions on the Awards Program, please contact:

State Awards Coordinator – Northern

Susie Kuo: awards@apacalifornia.org


State Awards Coordinator – Southern

Geoffrey Danker: awards@apacalifornia.org


Vice President for Administration

Derek Wong, AICP
Michael Baker International
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 220
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 361-8384
awards@apacalifornia.org

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.