APA California Awards

Deadline Extended – Due by Friday, May 24, 2019 by 5:00 pm (PST)

2019 Awards Program Call for Nominations!

Nominations for this year’s APA California Awards Program are now being accepted. The Awards Committee encourages you to submit your outstanding project, program, plan or person for this year’s program. The timeline for nominations has been extended and are due by Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm. If you have already submitted a nomination, you do not need to resubmit unless you would like to make changes to the original submittal. Any resubmittal by the new deadline will replace the original submission.  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 considering a Landmark or Pioneer Award are urged to contact one of the Chapter Historians before completing an application. Please refer to the APA California Chapter Awards Program Policy for more information.

For more information or questions, contact Awards Program Coordinators:

Shane Burkhardt, AICP, Awards Co-Coordinator, (South),

Chris Pahule, Awards Co-Coordinator (North), pahulec@saccounty.net

For more information regarding Landmark or Pioneer, contact the Chapter Historians:

Larry Mintier, FAICP, Chapter Historian, (North) mintierassociates@gmail.com
Steve Preston, FAICP, Chapter Historian, (South) steve.preston@charter.net

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

APA California Awards Program Policies

2019 Awards Application Form

APA California Additional Award Order Form

APA California award categories

Opportunity and Empowerment

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

Transportation Planning

Best Practices

Grassroots Initiative

Public Outreach

Urban Design

Planning Advocate

Planning Firm (private sector)

Planning Agency (public sector)

Emerging Planning and Design Firm

Advancing Diversity and Social Change


Communications Initiative

Hard-Won Victory

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)
Chris Pahule
Office of Planning & Environmental Review
827 7th Street, Rm. 225
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-4447

State Awards Coordinator (South)
Shane Burkhardt, AICP
Michael Baker International
5 Hutton Centre Drive, Suite 500
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(949) 855-3651

Vice President for Administration
Derek Wong, AICP
Michael Baker International
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 220
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(530) 601-2508

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.