New Urbanism Division Gina Tirinnanzi Memorial Scholarship
2023 Tirinnanzi Student Scholarship Winners
About Gina Tirinnanzi, AICP
Gina Tirinnanzi, AICP, was a founding member of the New Urbanism Division of the American Planning Association. Gina graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, which was followed by a master's degree in planning from George Washington University, where she discovered the still-young New Urbanism movement.
During her career in both the public and private sectors, she had a passion for implementing the principles of New Urbanism on the site and neighborhood levels. Gina felt that New Urbanism was a critical component of urban planning and design, and she traveled extensively to study projects throughout the U.S. and Europe. She served as a mentor to students and young professionals, and she helped to create the division in order to make New Urbanism relevant and accessible to practicing planners.
Fulfilling a personal goal to become a certified planner, Gina passed the AICP exam; she did this despite an ongoing battle with cancer that finally claimed her life in 2010. She left behind her husband, three daughters, and a passion for New Urbanism that this division strives to equal.
In an effort to commemorate Gina's contribution to the division and to further the division's desire to spread the word about New Urbanism to our next generation of planners, we established the Gina Tirinnanzi Memorial Scholarship in 2011.