The Planning Department has launched its second annual Design Excellence Award competition. We are looking for exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade.
The goal of the awards program is to promote outstanding design that improves the quality of the built environment in our county. By recognizing this work, the bar will continue to be set higher to further enhance the quality of community at all scales of development, from our urban centers to our rural reserves.
Award submissions are now being accepted through the Montgomery County Planning Department webpage through July 21, 2016. To enter, go to: www.montgomeryplanning.org/design/designaward2016.shtm
This year’s awards competition jury features highly regarded practitioners from Washington, DC:
- Elinor Bacon of E.R. Bacon Development, who formerly headed the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and federal HOPE 6 housing program under HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.
- Shalom Baranes of Shalom Baranes Associates, winner of more than 120 national and regional architectural design awards, including last year’s Design Excellence Citation Award for Eleven55 Ripley apartments in Silver Spring.
- Stephanie Bothwell, a town planner and landscape architect who co-founded the DC Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
- Yolanda Cole of Hickok Cole Architects who has served as president of DC AIA and as a member of the advisory board of the Urban Land Institute’s District Council.
This year’s winners will exhibit the best qualities of architecture and design that promote sustainable, walkable places, and illustrate how quality design can contribute to the identity and value of a community. They will be publicized through public presentations and exhibits. So enter today!