This year the marks the 30th anniversary of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) and we’ve been busy! We’ve launched a new website, released our latest publication Challenging Conventions: The 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, and announced the Call for Entries for the 2017 award.

Rudy Bruner Award winners highlight the diversity of innovation in our cities today. They show us urban excellence at all scales and inspire us with their optimism

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The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. RBA winners offer insight into 30 years of urban excellence in America and illustrate a diversity of approaches to increasing equity through design, a critical issue for our time.

2015 Rudy Bruner Award Winning Projects
Clockwise from left: 2015 Gold Medalist Millers Court, Baltimore, MD and Silver Medalists Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville, SC; Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, MI; Uptown District, Cleveland, OH; Quixote Village, Olympia, WA.

One gold medal and four silver medals are awarded each biennial, with the gold medalist receiving a $50,000 cash prize and each silver medalist receiving $10,000. Award winners range from large mixed-use developments like Pike Place Market in Seattle (1987 gold medalist) to more modest yet remarkable ones like Project Row Houses in Houston. If you have a project or know someone who does, visit our website to learn more and encourage them to apply! Submissions are due December 8, 2016 by midnight EST.