The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) was founded in 1986 by architect Simeon Bruner as a way to promote innovative thinking and advance conversation about making cities better. It is named in honor of his late father, Rudy Bruner, who had a lifelong interest in design and cities and published books by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over the years, RBA winners have illustrated the capacity of design to address urban challenges and create transformative physical, social, economic, and environmental change.