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Tickets Now on Sale for October 20 Design Excellence Awards Event Co-Sponsored by Planning Department and Potomac Valley AIA

September 30, 2016

Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members are all invited to attend the Celebrate Design Award reception and event at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting everyone with an interest in design excellence in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to attend Celebrate Design on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD). Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online at a cost of $35 per ticket.

The winner and jury citations selected through the Planning Department’s second annual Design Excellence Award competition will be announced during the celebration, which will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation, titled “Design Excellence: Lasting, Comprehensive and Inspirational,” given by architect Edward Feiner, FAIA. Feiner is the Design Leadership Council Director of Perkins + Will and former Chief Architect of the United States General Services Administration, who launched a design excellence program for federal architecture.

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade. More than 20 entries to the competition have been submitted by architects, developers and property owners. The goal of the awards program is to promote top-notch design and improve the quality of the built environment throughout the County.

The winner and jury citations were selected in mid-September 2016 by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The 2016 jurors are:

  • Elinor Bacon of ER Bacon Development in Washington, DC.
  • Shalom Baranes of Shalom Baranes Associates Architects in Washington, DC.
  • Stephanie Bothwell of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design in Washington, DC.
  • Yolanda Cole of Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC.

Review the bios of the jury.

Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD)
Ticket price: $35
Purchase tickets.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening reception.

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Awards presentation by the AIA Potomac Valley and the Montgomery County Planning Department.
Featured Speaker: Architect Edward Feiner, FAIA, of Perkins + Will.

8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Dessert reception.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award

In June 2015, the Department launched its first Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

  • To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.
  • To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.
  • To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

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

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 147 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit


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