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Reserve your spot now for the October 19 Design Excellence Awards honoring outstanding architecture and urban design

September 19, 2023

Design Excellence Awards logo year 2023
Tickets are available for purchase for Sixth Design Excellence Awards presented at M-NCPPC’s LEED-Platinum-rated Wheaton Headquarters, co-hosted by Montgomery Planning and the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter

Wheaton, Md. – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announced tickets are still available for purchase for its 2023 Design Excellence Awards honoring the county’s best architecture and urban design. The awards reception and presentation will be held at M-NCPPC’s Wheaton Headquarters on October 19 during Celebrate Design 2023, co-hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. The community is invited to attend this regional event, which will also honor recipients of the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter’s Excellence in Design Awards.

Tickets for the 2023 Design Excellence Awards are $65 each. A reception will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm with live music, appetizers, and refreshments. The presentation of awards is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm in the headquarters’ second floor auditorium. A tour of the LEED-Platinum-rated headquarters building will be available during the reception.

Montgomery Planning’s biennial Design Excellence Awards honor works that make a difference in people’s lives and represent Montgomery County’s highest quality of design to the region, state, and nation. The selection of winners for the two design awards, one for buildings, sites, and/or urbanism and one for exceptional housing, will be made by an outside independent jury selected by Montgomery Planning with expertise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design.

As it has in the past, this unique, combined celebration is expected to bring together urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, builders, policymakers, elected officials, artists and interested community members from across Montgomery County and the region.

Learn more about Montgomery Planning’s Design Excellence initiative. Review the 2021 Design Excellence Award winners and jury citations.

2023 Design Excellence Awards Jury

The jury is composed of nationally accomplished and highly regarded practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, as follows:

  • Evan Goldman– Vice President of Land Acquisitions and Development for EYA.
  • Marina Khoury, RA, LEED AP, CNU– Partner at DPZ CoDesign, Director of Washington, DC-area office.
  • Georgeanne Matthews, PhD– Assistant professor of architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
  • Mark McInturff, FAIA– Founder of Bethesda-based McInturff Architects
  • Lee Quill, FAIA– Founding principal of Cunningham | Quill Architects in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Paul Mortensen at or 301-495-4523.

About Design Excellence

As one of the nation’s most educated, diverse, and prosperous counties, Montgomery County desires neighborhoods, public spaces and buildings of the highest-quality design to reflect our cultural health and maintain a competitive advantage within our region. Design excellence is increasingly important as available land for development in the county is shrinking, densities in our centers are increasing, and priorities for excellent public spaces become more acute. These development challenges present a great need to create and enhance attractive, safe, and sustainable places to live, work, and play. Design excellence is an important tool for attracting the best and brightest to our county – residents, businesses, and visitors. To raise the quality of design throughout the county, the Montgomery County Planning Department has launched a comprehensive Design Excellence initiative focused on the themes of inspiration, collaboration, and clarity.