APA California Awards


New 2022 Application Requirements

The Awards Committee encourages you to submit outstanding projects, programs, plans and people for the APA California Planning Awards. Starting with the 2022 awards program, all applicants for the Chapter awards must first receive an award of excellence or merit at the Section level, with the following exceptions:

  • If the award is not offered at the Section level; the project is of significance in multiple Sections; or the project is of Statewide significance, it may be submitted directly to the Chapter.
  • An award at the Section level is not required for the Pioneer, Landmark, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Contribution, Section Activity, or PEN Honors awards.

Please see the Awards Program Policies for complete guidance and criteria.

2022 Chapter award applications are due on Friday, May 13, 2022. An application form and instructions will be available on this page in January 2022.

Before submitting an application for the Pioneer or Landmark awards, please contact the Chapter Historians to discuss your nomination:


2021 APA California Awards Program

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: [email protected]


State Awards Coordinator – Southern

Geoffrey Danker: [email protected]


Vice President for Administration

Derek Wong, AICP
Michael Baker International
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 220
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 361-8384
[email protected]

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.