Greater Dallas Planning Council Announces Urban Design Awards and 2015 Winners

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The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) will recognize excellence in local urban planning and design at the 2015 Urban Design Awards Reception this Tuesday, December 8.

The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC) will recognize excellence in local urban planning and design at the 2015 Urban Design Awards Reception this Tuesday, December 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center. The Awards highlight the individuals, groups and communities for their projects and contributions to making the region a better place to live. A jury comprising professionals in planning, engineering and architecture review the proposals to recommend projects and individuals meriting special recognition.

The 2015 Urban Design Award categories and winners are:

  •     Built Project:

DALLAS COMPLETE STREETS DESIGN MANUAL; Owner: City of Dallas; Contributing Agencies: North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT); Consultants: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Toole Design Group, Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG), Collective Strength, Team Better Block

  •     Dream Studies:

BISHOP ARTS PROJECT; Owner: Exxir Capital LLC; Consultants: Gensler; JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Studio Outside, JJA, Inc., RLG Consulting Engineers

STATE OF THE DALLAS URBAN FOREST - GIS MAPPING STUDY; Owner & Technical Team: Texas Trees Foundation

  •     Honorable Mentions:

FOREST/JUPITER TRANSIT-ORIENTED REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT; Owner: City of Garland; External Agency: NCTCOG; Consultants: The Catalyst Group, Ricker Cunningham, Cirrus Group, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Bowman-Melton Associates, Inc.

MAIN STREET/CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY FORM BASED CODE; Owner: City of Richardson; Consultants: Jacobs, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Strategic Community Solutions

  •     Dunnigan Media Award:

BRANDON FORMBY; Government and Politics Reporter at the Dallas Morning News

  •     Kessler Award:


  •     Urban Pioneers:

ASH+LIME STRATEGIES; Honorees: Rik Adamski, Amanda Popken
BONTON FARMS; Honorees: Daron Babcock, H.I.S BridgeBuilders with support from: AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.; Contributing Agency: City of Dallas

In addition to the awards presentation, there will be a reception and an annual GDPC member meeting. Members will have an opportunity to welcome the 2016 GDPC Board of Directors and Officers, who will be elected during the brief meeting portion of the program.

The event is organized by a committee of volunteers and co-chaired by Brian Keith, Associate Principal at JHP Architecture / Urban Design, Mike Grace, ā€ŽDirector of Development Services at City of Lancaster, and David Whitley, Principal at drw planning studio.

Sponsors of the program include, Benefactors: D Magazine Partners, AECOM, and Supporters: AIA Dallas, DART, JHP Architecture / Urban Design, drw planning studio, HALFF, Arredondo, Zepeda & Brunz, LLC, Gensler, LandDesign, University of Texas Arlington ā€“ College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, Bowman-Melton Associates, Inc., City of Frisco, Ridley Law Firm, P.C., Conbrio, The Institute for Urban Policy Research, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., City of Lancaster, Robert Reeves & Associates, Inc., City of Dallas, Allison+Partners, Latino Culinary Institute, Lawton Reprographic Centers, Bagley Associates, OMNIPLAN Architects.

About GDPC
The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC), founded in 1946, is the oldest Dallas area civic organization that focuses on issues shaping regional growth. The members of the GDPC address a range of issues from a broad range of community and professional perspectives. The GDPC's membership is comprised of a group of successful professionals from architect design firms, planning consultants, construction and engineering firms, developers, real estate industry leaders, community and civic organizations, corporations and municipal entities. The GDPC membership also includes elected or appointed officials. The GDPC members evaluate local and regional policies in order to promote the long-term sustainability of the City of Dallas and surrounding region. To find out more about GDPC, visit

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