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Director’s Legacy Award Part of Design Excellence Program to Honor 90th Anniversary of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

September 12, 2017

2017 Design Award

Award recognizes significant landmark in Montgomery County and will be announced at Celebrate Design event on October 19 at Silver Spring Civic Building

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), has launched the Director’s Legacy Award to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the M-NCPPC by recognizing an exceptional, enduring and transformative building in the county that is more than 10 years old and has had a positive influence on the public and community. Planning Director Gwen Wright will select the winner.

This award will be announced at the Celebrate Design reception and ceremony on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Silver Spring Civic Building as part of the Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Awards. This year, one top Design Excellence Award will honor buildings and sites, and another will recognize open space and landscapes. An independent jury of experts will select the winners. In addition, the Celebrate Design event will include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

About the Design Excellence Award Program

Montgomery County is one of the country’s most successful and well run counties, and its stature should be reflected in the excellent architecture, urban design and landscape architecture of its buildings and spaces. Design excellence is becoming increasingly important as the amount of available land for development in the County is shrinking and building density is increasing. The highest quality design is important to sustain a thriving and attractive County with buildings, public spaces and neighborhoods that are worthy of its deserving residents and workers.

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award, launched in 2015, is intended to inspire architecture, landscape architecture and urban design of the best possible quality in Montgomery County, and increase the public awareness of this world-class design excellence. Projects eligible for the award include both private and public structures and spaces located within Montgomery County that were built within the past 10 years and are currently occupied and in use. The winners are selected by an independent jury of design professionals and illustrate how great design contributes to the community in terms of character, identity and economic value. Review the 2015 and 2016 winners and the recipients of jury citations.