2021 San Diego American Planning Association Chapter Award Nominations


Each year, the San Diego Section of APA hosts annual awards to acknowledge important projects and individuals that make our communities great.  The purpose of the awards program is to encourage quality in planning and to increase the public’s awareness of the planning profession through recognizing outstanding achievement in our field.  Each year the San Diego Section APA considers nominations from throughout the San Diego region and Imperial County, in a variety of fields. A call for projects is typically announced in the beginning of the year.  Cities, counties, advocates, and professionals then assemble nominations.  A representative jury is then assembled to consider worthy nominations.  After the jury concludes their work, an award banquet is held to recognize our achievements.  The award banquet is typically held in late spring.

The APA awards program is a year round process and depends on the active participation of all of our members. If you’ve been involved with, or are aware of, a recent worthy planning project or activity, please consider submitting a nomination.  Nominees may also include contributors to the planning field, either professionals, elected officials, or laypersons.

2020 Award Recipients

SDAPA’s annual awards program celebrates the planning profession’s important contributions to quality of life in the San Diego/Imperial County region. Through the awards program, SDAPA showcases planners, organizations, and projects that exemplify how the planning profession supports communities large and small in successfully navigating growth and change.

This year, SDAPA is honoring 14 nominees with awards of excellence and three other nominees with awards of merit. Representing a wide range of planning pursuits, Our 2020 award winners embody excellence in sustainability, urban design, public engagement, mobility planning, education, cultural enrichment, and inclusivity. SDAPA congratulates this year’s section award winners and thanks all of the nominees for sharing their inspiring work. We wish our winners the best of luck as they contend for state-level awards.

While current circumstances prevent us from holding our awards event this spring, the section will fete the award winners in a series of e-blasts and look for opportunities to host an awards events later in the year. For now, enjoy this short video introducing our 2020 award winners.

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