This program is currently on hiatus. The Student Project Awards were not awarded in 2022 and will not be awarded in 2023.

The Student Project Award recognized an outstanding class project or paper by a student or group of students in Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)-accredited planning programs that contributed to advances in the field of planning.

Previous Winners



Self-Management Law, Now! Fostering Community-Owned, Permanently Affordable and Sustainable Housing in Brazil

University of Michigan

Student Team: Alex Abramowitz, David Baker, Josh Childs, Meagan Gibeson, Jacob Hite, Kimberly Higgins, Neetu Nair, Mrithula Shantha Thirumalai Anandanpillai, Rebecca Yae, Jessica Yelk

Faculty Adviser: Professor Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, PhD, MURP, MA, JD

Project Website

Project Documentary

2021 Student Project Award University of Michigan

University of Michigan team.

Honorable Mention

A Long Life for Long Branch: Tools to Preserve Independent Retailers

University of Maryland, College Park

Student Team: Carrie Anderson-Watters, Anna Brinley, Will Duggan, Ellen Kortesoja, Lily Murnen, Kari Nye

Third Place

Clackamas Community College Shuttle Service and Access Plan

Portland State University

2021 Student Project Award Jury

Anish Tailor

Anish Tailor

Anish Tailor (he/him/his) is a recent graduate from the Masters of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is interested in sustainable and equitable transportation and complete streets urban design. He is originally from Dallas, and spent eight years in Washington, D.C., as an economist before switching careers. He is currently based in Chicago.

Catherine M Heyne

Catherine M. Heyne

Catherine Heyne is a second-year equivalent graduate student, pursuing a master's degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico. Her interests include urban ecology as well as accessibility, equity, and inclusion in urban growth and development. She hopes to help implement regenerative, community-driven design and innovation within the urban context. Currently, she is working on a project in water reuse and is herself enrolled in a Capstone studio project this semester. She holds a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology, an MS in Biological Sciences, and works as a Data and Relations Specialist at the community supported radio station, KUNM. Heyne is completing her last year of classes before graduating.

Kevin Luzong

Kevin Luzong, AICP Candidate

Kevin Luzong is a transportation planner and has worked in the New York City and Vancouver regions, across the specializations of transit, freight, and land use planning. He is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, where he received his Master of Community and Regional Planning degree. His academic and professional interests have focused on the role of new mobility and innovative technologies in creating safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation networks.

Linda Shi

Linda Shi

Linda Shi is assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and advised the winning APA Student Project Award in 2020. Her research concerns how to plan for urban climate adaptation in ways that improve environmental sustainability and social justice. She comes at these issues having worked on watershed restoration, water and sanitation, and development planning in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa for AECOM, the World Bank, the Institute for International Urban Development, and Rocky Mountain Institute. She has degrees in urban planning and environmental management from Yale, Harvard, and MIT.

Savannah-Nicole Villalba

Savannah-Nicole Villalba, AICP Candidate

Savannah-Nicole Villalba is a planner in Connecticut. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a member of the Latinos and Planning Division and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.



Staying Afloat in 2100 — Evaluating Fiscal and Land Use Options for Coastal Adaptation in Massachusetts

Cornell University

Instructor: Dr. Linda Shi, PhD
Student Research Advisor: Ryan Thomas
Teaching Assistants: Khyati Rathore
Workshop Students: Erik Bucio, Naomi Crimm, Qihui Gao, Anushi Garg, Katharine Long, Margaret Ross-Martin, Joshua Rotbert, Sanjana Sidhra, Jacob Soley, Audrey Wachs, and Sauvanithi Yupho

2020 Student Project Award Cornell University

2020 Student Project Award Cornell University

Honorable Mention

A Framework for Preservation and Growth in Creswell

University of Maryland, College Park

Faculty Advisers: Uri Avin, FAICP; Matt Noonkester, AICP
Student Team Members: Bilal Ali Sarah Latimer Nick MacKereth Kari Nye Russell Ottalini Jerah Smith AnnaLinden Weller

Third Place

A Casita Community: Fighting Displacement in Pacoima with ADUs and CLTs


Faculty Advisers: Vinit Mukhija
PhD Student Advisor: Jessica Bremner
PhD Candidate Advisor: Silvia R. Gonzalez
Student Team Members: Dora Armenta Cate Carlson Thomson Dryjanski Anna Figel Zacharias Gardea Jonathan Hagar Taylor Holland Stephanie Law Raisa Ma Ashley Mashian Jessa Orluk Mike Peterson Kaitlyn Quakenbush Jeff Ross Marlene Salazar Mario Sandoval

Fourth Place

Mobile Home Parks & the Future of Affordable Housing in Apache Junction

Arizona State University

Faculty Advisors: Meagan Ehlenz, AICP, PhD (chair), Deborah Salon, PhD, Steven Russell, Project Cities Project Client: City of Apache Junction, AZ
Student Team Members: Margaret Dellow, MUEP

2020 Jury

APA thanks the 2020 awards jury for its dedication and commitment to our students and the association.

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP
Jury Co-Chair

Justin G. Moore, AICP

Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban planning and design, from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-based planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission, his work focuses on prioritizing quality and excellence for the public realm and fostering accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in New York's public buildings, landscapes, and art. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Commission, the Urban Design Forum, and BlackSpace. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University and co-founder of Urban Patch.

Arlova J. Vonhm, AICP
Jury Co-Chair

Arlova J. Vonhm, AICP

Arlova Vonhm is the zoning administrator and zoning division chief for Arlington County, Virginia. Vonhm's professional planning career spans over 20 years, including private practice and the public sector, at the local and regional level. She derives genuine pleasure from public service and is committed to the equitable implementation of planning policy. Vonhm received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. She served on the board of the National Capital Area Chapter of APA for six years, including four years as a Professional Development Officer.

Headshot of Charles Liuzzo.
Jury Member

Charles Liuzzzo

Charles Liuzzo is a recent dual-degree MBA and MS Urban Planning graduate from the University of Arizona, where his studies concentrated on affordable housing, responsible development, and business consulting. He believes in expanding access to secure and affordable housing and his work is focused on achieving that.

Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD
Jury Member

Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD

Kyle Ezell is a professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School, where he has taught since 2005. Ezell has 25 years of experience as a practicing city planner. His work at the school involves students heavily in experiential learning, both in nearby communities in Ohio, and on the international travel programs he manages. He is co-founder and administrator of APA’s Planning with Underserved Populations Interest Group, and uses his Advanced Specialty Certification in Urban Design from APA to plan and design for underserved populations. He also owns Ezell Planning and Design, a planning practice with a mission of bridging ideas from the academy to the planning practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Science, Geography, from South Dakota State University.

Ericha A Stewart
Jury Member

Ericha A Stewart

Ericha Stewart is a second-year graduate student, pursuing Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Health degrees at Florida State University. She is a former APA Florida Minority Scholar and an APHA Center of Health, Equity, and Climate Change fellow. Her academic and professional interests are primarily focused at the intersection of planning and population health in the areas of climate change, affordable housing, health disparities mapping, building healthy communities, economic development, and policy advocacy. Stewart is currently working as an independent consultant and social entrepreneur assisting community health centers by developing strategic plans for mobile health units. After obtaining her two master's degrees in May 2020, she hopes to return to academia to pursue a Doctor of Public Health Degree.



Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0

Ohio State University
Kyle Ezell & Maria Conroy

Honorable Mention

Queets Village Relocation Plan

Portland State University
Steven Rosen and Aaron Golub


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 AICP Student Project Awards! Winners were recognized at the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

Award for Application of the Planning Process

Connecting Bowdoin Geneva: A Plan for Community and Commerce

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Student Team: Tatianna Echevarria, Meg Hess-Homeier, Reed Jordan, DeeDee Kim, Esther Kim, Danya Littlefield, Daniel Mascoop, Soumya Pasumarthy, Matthew Robayna, Ayesha Shahid, Riddhi Shah, Evan Spetrini, Jonathan Tarleton, Tia Vice, Jessica Wolff, Zhekun Xiong
Faculty Advisors: Karl Seidman and Mary Anne Ocampo

Umatilla Together: Framework Plan

Portland State University
Student Team: Amber Ayers, Laura Voss, Nate Miller, Samuel Roberts, Carlos Callava, Belen Herrera
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ethan Seltzer and Dr. Marisa Zapata

Award for Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Stabilizing Morningside

University of Michigan
Student Team: Josh Bails, Sarah Clark, Fan Fan, Nicholas Fazio, Seul Lee, Evan Markarian, Jamie Simchik, Xiang Yan
Faculty Advisors: Margaret Dewar and Libby Levy

Award for Applied Research

The High Cost of Unaffordable Housing in Ketchum, Idaho

Arizona State University
Student Team: Genevieve Pearthree
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Deirdre Pfeiffer, AICP; Dr. Meagan Ehlenz, AICP; and Dr. Scott Cloutier, EIT

2018 Jury

APA thanks the 2018 awards jury for its dedication and commitment to our students and the association.

Ben Carlisle, AICP (chair)
Dave Anderson, AICP
Hannah Cockburn, AICP
Justin Moore, AICP


Award for Application of the Planning Process

OHSU Night Access Plan

Portland State University
Faculty Advisers: Dr. Ethan Seltzer, Dr. Marisa Zapata, and Susan Hartnett
Student Team: David Backes, Lea Anderson, Shane Valle, Rae-Leigh Stark, Taylor Phillips, Abe Moland

Award for Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Envisioning Florida's Future: Transportation and Land Use in an Automated Vehicle World

Florida State University
Faculty Advisers: Lindsay Stevens, AICP, Dr. Tim Chapin, and Jeremy Crute
Student Team: Vanessa Christiansen, John Cowart, Jordan Crandall, William Crowley, Scott Dogali, Diana Elsner, Maverick Fitzgerald, Julian Marcos, Stephano Miranda, Joshua Pelfrey, Yes Segura, Leslie Stout, Alexandria Washington

SDU + U: A Study of Secondary Dwelling Units

University of New Mexico
Faculty Adviser: Moises Gonzales
Student Team: Melanie Bishop, Kalvin Davis, William Donahoo, Erin Ganaway, Mia Hignojos, Colleen Martinez, Alex Ochoa, Nathan Todd, Elisha Wortham

Award for Applied Research

DELIVERING THE GOOD: Strategic Interventions Towards a Just & Sustainable Logistics System in Southern California

University of California at Los Angeles
Faculty Advisers: Goetz Wolff, Linda Delp, Teo Wickland, Katy McNamara
Student Team: Adriana Quiquivix, Ariana Vito, Diana Benitez, Dylan Sittig, Edber Macedo, Evan Moorman, Gabriel Gutierrez, Kate Bridges, Lindsey Jagoe, Meghmik Babakhanian, Michael Barrita-Diaz, Saly Heng, Sam Appel, Stephanie Tsai

Community Water Trust Feasibility in the Llano River Basin

University of Virginia
Faculty Advisers: Ellen Bassett, Kathy Galvin
Student Team: Briana Bergstrom, John Harbin, Benjamin Pickus, Xiaoxia Xiang


Award for Application of the Planning Process — graduate Program

"Fourth Plain Forward: Action Plan for Vancouver's Muticultural Business District"

Portland State University
Student Project Team: Jamin Kimmell, Kate Rogers, Eduardo Montejo, Anthony Thompson, Mandia Gonzales, and Lauren Patton
Faculty Advisers: Dr. Sy Adler and Dr. Marisa A. Zapata

Award for Application of the Planning Process — Undergraduate Program

"Columbus Rail Today: A Timeline to Multi-Modal Transportation"

Ohio State University
Student Project Team: Michael Bickley, Dan Boberek, Ryan Dittoe, Luke Gerken, Will Hughen, Levi Koehl, Jevonna Morris, Steve Orange, Aaron Smith, Alex Swift, and Aubrey Wilson
Faculty Adviser: Chad Gibson

Award for Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

"Growth Management in Medellin, Colombia"

Columbia University
Student Project Team: Lissa Barrows, Lingjun Bu, Ellis Calvin, Anne Krassner, Natalie Quinn, Jet Richardson, and Gillian Sollenberger
Faculty Advisers: Prof. Clara Irazábal and Prof. Marcela Tovar

"Climate Change Adaption Planning in Bulacan Philippines"

University of British Columbia
Student Project Team: George P.R. Benson, Andrea Haber, Chris Karu, Alix Krahn, Aaron Lao, Michelle Marteleira, Jhon Mozo, Veronica Reiss, Emily Rosen, Maria Trujillo, Daniel Matthew, and Michael Ward
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Nora Angeles

Award for Applied Research

"Oregon Historic Theaters: Statewide Survey and Needs Assessment"

University of Oregon
Student Project Team: Aniko Drlik-Muehleck, Craig Wiroll, Dana Nichols, Rodney Bohner, and John Jackson
Faculty Adviser: Robert Parker, AICP


Award for Application of the Planning Process

"Connect Chelsea: Three Visions for a Gateway City"

Harvard University
Student Project Team: Erica Blonde, Patrick Boateng, Andrew Cantu, Kathryn Casey, Heidi Yongha Cho, Young Ae Chung, Owen Deutsch, Vineet Diwadkar, Matthew Furman, Jonathan Goldman, Allison Green, Kevin Gurley, Mark Heller, David Henning, Virginia Keesler, Jacob Koch, Ethan Lassiter, Joyce Lee, Zachery LeMel, Maynard León, Joshua Levitt, Yani Li, Jefferson Mao, My Tam Nguyen, Irene Figueroa Ortiz, Ning Pei, Martha Pym, Jeenal Sawla, Margaret Scott, Jonathan Springfield, Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat, Sofía Viguri, Robert Wellburn, Samuel Wright
Faculty Advisers: Dan D'Oca, Ann Forsyth, and Kathryn Madden

Award for Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

"Irishtown Greenway: A Strategic Plan for the Flats West Bank"

Cleveland State University
Student Project Team: Juleian Curtis, Nikki Glazer, Dion Harris, Dean Ibsen, Kyle Krewson, Andrew Lang, Shiqi Lu, Darrick Matthews, Michael Mears, Matthew Moss, Caylen Payne, Scott Schirg, Steve Sump, Ann Thompson
Faculty Advisers: Jim Kastelic and Wendy Kellogg

Award for Applied Research

"Ethnobotany, Gender and Comprehensive Planning"

University of Texas at Austin
Student Project Team: Kendal Asuncion, Samantha Kattan, Sara McTarnaghan, Rachel Nolley, Rebecca Rinas, Sam Siegel, Kelly Strickler, Sam Tabory, Adam Torres
Faculty Adviser: Bjorn Sletto

Honor Award, given in recognition of special achievement by undergraduate planning students

"Urban Planning Visions for Milpitas: California Circle and Main at Serra"

California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo
Student Project Team: Kevin Alcantra, Myra Ammari, Chris Bedekovic, Stephanie Benzel, Thomas Bertwistle, Juan Alberto Bonilla, Cara Carlucci, Clarissa Caruso, Seitu Coleman, Elizabeth Granger, Jenny Ha, Melissa Johnson, Jane Kim, Melissa Kramer, Adam Marston, Emilio Merino, Darya Oreizi, Leigh Osterhus, Michael Paul, Alex Perez, Stephen Severon, Monet Sheikhali, Haydne Shimer, Diane Tran, Kyle Van Leeuwen Darrel, Francisco Vargas, Yuri Way, Sarah Wood, Alice Zanmiller
Faculty Advisers: Vicente del Rio and Hemalata Dandekar


Applied Research

Feasibility of a Bike Share Program on the Texas A&M Campus

Texas A&M University
Project team: Mary Meyland, Nair Barrios, Yichi Liu, Shuman Tan, Jin Su, Michael Martin, Louis Cutaia, Jr., Taoi Tang, Allison Hyde, Todd Hansen, Boya Dai, Chao Huang, Teresa Qu, Ph.D.

Read the full narrative (pdf)

Application of the Planning Process

Urban Farming in Boston: A Survey of Opportunities

Tufts University
Project team: Denise Chin, Tida Infahsaeng, Ian Jakus, Valerie Oorthuys

Read the full narrative (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Tracking the Effects of Sea Level Rise in Georgia's Coastal Communities

Georgia Institute of Technology
Project team: Gillam Campbell, Marvin Clermont, Kathryn Colberg, Richelle Gosman, Anna Harkness, Amy Moore Hugens, Paul Lorenc, Dzung Nguyen, Jennifer Yun, and Joy Zhou

Read the full narrative (pdf)

Honor Award, Given in Recognition of Special Achievement by Undergraduate Planning Students

Old West Neighborhood Action Plan

Ball State University

Project team: Ty Adley, Adam Beauchot, Davonte Caldwell, Erin Cotant, Chelsea Fenimore, Taylor Firestine, Dylan Fisher, Ellen Forthofer, Brock Goodwin, Daniel Greenfield, Haley James, Seth Koons, Nathan Law, Charles Russell, Mackenzie Thibault, Derek Walker

Read the full narrative (pdf)


Applied Research

From Revenue to Reuse: Managing Tax-Reverted Properties in Detroit

University of Michigan
Project Team: Catherine Coenen, John Drain, Oana Druta, Gregory Holman, Te-Ping Kang, Pramoth Kitjakarnlertudom, Robert Linn, Daniel Stern, Jordan Twardy

Read the full narrative (pdf)

Application of the Planning Process

Connect Cascade Locks: A Recreational Trails Plan for Economic Development

Portland State University
Project team:

Read the full narrative (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Sustainability Progress Report, 2012

University of Iowa
Project team: Naana Amonoo-Neizer, Tim Christensen, Emily House, Medora Kealy, Emma Papworth, Lindsay Salvatore, Lindsay Whitson

Read the full narrative (pdf)


Applied Research

Urban Strategies in Historic Beijing

California State Polytechnic University Pomona (in collaboration with North China University of Technology)

Project Team Members: Alma Acosta, Gamaliel Aguilar, Joseph Baclit, Katrina Banzon, Roland Escalona, Albert Escobar, Matthew Geldin, Pavel Kouznetsov, Michael Lam, Sem Luong, Brenda Lyons, Gerardo Marquez, Erika Mendez, Chelsea Morris Woodard, Matthew Ottoson, Allyn Polancic, Ryan Raskop, Shahrzad Razi, Daniel Schnizler, Kenji Tan, Andreas Utama, Bryan Walker

Faculty, California State Polytechnic University Pomona: Irma Ramirez, Gwen Urey, Andy Wilcox

Read the final report (64MB) (pdf)

Application of the Planning Process

Portland Mercado:
Community Economic Development to Revitalize, Uplift, and Empower

Portland State University

Project Team Members: Ellen Wyoming, Abigail Cermak, Bridger Wineman, David Ruelas

Faculty Coordinator: Ellen M. Bassett

Read the final report (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Action Plan for the Fort McPherson Community

Georgia Institute of Technology

Project Team Members: Rati Akash, Jenna Lee, Zachary Adriaenssens, Kia Ball, Drew Murray, Leslie Caceda, Susan Prater, Carlos Campo, Chris Faulkner, Neela Ram, Ruma Ram, Carolyn Knabel, Andrea Rattray, Stephanie Wansley

Faculty Coordinator: Michael Dobbins, AICP

Read the final report (pdf)


Applied Research

Lane County Local Food Market Analysis

University of Oregon

Student Research Team: Brie Becker, Hannah Bryant, Nicolas Garcia, Benjamin Hobson, Sarah Mizejewski, Schuyler Warren

Researchers in Charge: Bob Parker, Director, CPW & UO Economic Development Center; Tom Osdoba, Director, Center of Sustainable Business, University of Oregon

Project Manager: Kate MacFarland, CPW, Graduate Research Fellow

Read the final report (pdf)

Application of the Planning Process

The Watertown Community Path: Linking Watertown's Past to Its Future

Tufts University

Project Team: Kristopher Carter, Eunice Kim, Michelle Moon, Jong Wai Tommee, Eric Giambrone

Faculty: Robert "Rusty" Russell, AICP

Read the final report (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Seattle Bike-Share Feasibility Study

University of Washington

Graduate Students: Jennifer Gregerson, Max Hepp-Buchanan, Daniel Rowe, John Vander Sluis, Erica Wygonik, Michael Xenakis

Faculty Advisor: Edward McCormack

Read the final report (pdf)


Applied Research

Risk and Vulnerability Assessment in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

University of Texas at Austin

Team Members: David Baumann, Monica Bosquez, Meredith Bossin, Erin E. Daley, Rosa E. Donoso, Maritza Kelley, Solange Muñoz, Dana Stovall, Shawn M. Strange, Martin Thomen

Final project report: El Rincón de los Olvidados (pdf)

Application of the Planning Process

St. Claude in Common

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Team Members: Andrew Amey, John Arroyo, Leila Bozorg, Liz Chimienti, Gayle Christiansen, Laura Delgado, Tamika Gauvin, Sarah Hammitt, Gerald Hunter, Uyen Le, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, Sandra Padilla, Lakshmi Sridaran, Julie Stein

St. Claude in Common Final Plan (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue

No Vacancy! Exploring Temporary Use of Empty Space in the Central Eastside Industrial District

Portland State University

Team Members: Becky Dann, Beth Somerfield, Briana Meier, Emily Rice

Final project report: No Vacancy! (pdf)


The 2009 AICP Student Project Awards jury was chaired by Robert E. Blanchard, AICP.

Applied Research

Planning the Process: Updating Seattle's Neighborhood Plans

Submitted by: 2008 Masters of Urban Planning First Year Studio, University of Washington-Seattle, Department of Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments

The project, updating Seattle's 1990's neighborhood plan, called for respecting previous efforts while drafting plans that were relevant to the needs of a changing population, responded to new social issues, and reflected a different financial and political landscape. Through focus groups, the 30-student team not only identified new planning issues, but also assessed the current conditions of neighborhood plans citywide. The final report offered city staffers best practices gleaned from other parts of the country.

Planning the Process: Updating Seattle's Neighborhood Plans (pdf)

Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue

The Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan

Submitted by: Community Planning Workshop, University of Oregon, Department of Public Policy, Planning & Management

City planners, students, and community organizers partnered on the project, using input from 600 residents. The plan addresses infrastructure, safety, education, and funding, with implementation actions assigned to both the city and community groups. The resulting plan, The Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan, was adopted by the city in 2008. In the year the plan has been in place, 20 of the plan's 82 action items have been initiated.

Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan (pdf)

Project website:

Application of the Planning Process

Climate Change: Impacts and Responses in the Delaware River Basin

Submitted by: Community Planning Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning

This report analyzed the potential impacts of climate change in the Delaware River Basin and uncovered alarming findings: By 2050, 1.4 million residents, 147,000 jobs, and residential property worth $20.4 billion could be in danger from sea level rise, flooding, and storm surges. Drafted by a team of 15 graduate students, it also offers policy recommendations and specific design interventions. The authors point out existing and planned development at risk of inundation, and suggest a regional dialogue on long-term planning.

Climate Change: Impacts and Responses in the Delaware River Basin (pdf)


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2008 was chaired by Robert E. Blanchard, AICP.

Contemporary Issue

Planning for Detroit's Tax-Reverted Properties: Possibilities for the Wayne County Land Bank
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Faculty Advisors: Margaret Dewar, Eric Dueweke

Students: Stephanie Bailey, Sophia Fisher, Cornelius Hoss, Meghna Khanna, Mark Ledford, Brian Lutenegger, and Kathleen Maurer.

Long before the recent spate of foreclosures nationally, Detroit had an enormous inventory of vacant and abandoned properties. In the summer of 2006, Wayne County created a land bank to deal with some 3,000 tax-reverted properties in the county, 90 percent of them in Detroit.

By December of that year, a group of graduate students had created a plan aimed at integrating urban planning into the process. Their project, Planning for Detroit's Tax-Reverted Properties: Possibilities for the Wayne County Land Bank focused on managing the county's inventory, maintaining the properties, and moving the properties toward reuse — and made program and staffing recommendations.

Application of the Planning Process

Creating a New Place: A Concept Plan for 15 Peabody Street
Tufts University, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Boston, Massachusetts
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University

Faculty Advisor: Justin Hollander, AICP

Students: Alison Corwin, Abby Lindsay, Jessica Miller, and Soledad Gaztambide

Four graduate students at Tufts University had a class goal to create a plan that kept the community's interests in mind. Now their vision is being implemented by the city of Salem, Massachusetts.

"Creating a New Place: A Concept Plan for 15 Peabody Street," formed the backbone of a plan for a new neighborhood park in Salem that would give residents better access to much-need open space. It also helped the city secure a $474,000 grant to make the park a reality in June 2009.

Applied Research

Oregon Land-Use Stories Project
Portland State University, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland, Oregon

Students: Matt Berkow and George Zaninovich

As Oregon's Measure 37 stirred up controversy, two master's degree candidates set out across the state in search of the bigger picture. After weeks of planning, Matthew Berkow and George Zaninovich traveled to 20 counties, interviewing 100 residents about the measure and blogging their findings.

"By framing a process in which people were encouraged to share their stories, we were able to get at the values that lay beneath the positions that often surface at public meetings," they wrote in "The Spoke Report," a summary of their Oregon Land Use Stories Project.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs.

Application of the Planning Process

Two Squares, One Place
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Faculty advisors: Karl Seidman, Susan Silberberg

Students: Abigail Emison, Jonathan Leit, Dina Mackin, Masatomo Miyazawa, Alison Novak, Gena Peditto, Ommeed Sathe
Hyde/Jackson Square Boston district lacked cohesion. "Two Squares, One Place" was the plan to unite the two squares into "one place."

Completed by a team of graduate planning students, the project aims to unite the district's physical and cultural elements, develop it as a destination, and position the neighborhood organization to lead its revitalization.

Informed by the team's three-month survey of the district's business owners, community leaders, and residents, the plan envisions a local economy as diverse as the area's ethnic makeup, complementing the district's "mom and pop" stores with a variety of new businesses, from open-air markets and pushcarts to major, mixed use redevelopments.

Proof of the plan's success was the adoption by a community development corporation of its recommendations for its redevelopment site.

Contemporary Issue

Going Public! Strategies for Meeting Public Restroom Need in Portland's Central City
Portland (Oregon) State University, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning

Faculty Advisors: Sy Adler, Deborah Howe, Connie Ozawa, Summer Sharpe, FAICIP

Students: Josh Ahmann, Kevin Bond, Warren Greaser, Sarah Selden

Portland State University graduate students ventured into an area most city planning departments have never explored with such detail. "Going Public" reports on Portland's Central City public restrooms including analysis of management, funding and policy alternatives.

As pioneers in this area, the seven members of the "Relief Works" team established their own criteria for restroom need in Portland's Central City.

Representatives from over 20 stakeholder groups were interviewed and case studies were done to compare what other cities have done to address public restroom needs and to assess Portland's public restroom facilities for safety, ADA accessibility, building and maintenance.

The report was so compelling that the city of Portland has incorporated the plan into its strategy for addressing the needs of the homeless.

Applied Research

Changing of the Guard: A New Vision for Fort Monmouth
University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Department of City & Regional Planning

Faculty Advisors: James N. Kise, AICP; Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, Chair; Tom Daniels, Acting Chair, 2005-2006

Student Team: Peilin Chen, Yiun Lin Chong, Nicole M. Clare, Thomas Hastings, Geoffrey W. Long

Fort Monmouth in Monmouth County, New Jersey was one of the military bases slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure process announced in 2005 by the U.S. Department of Defense.

"Changing of the Guard: A New Vision for Fort Monmouth" provides a plan for the Fort's redevelopment that revolutionizes the status quo.

It calls for the creation of three distinct town centers in an area where the local strip mall is considered "downtown." It increases density while at the same time protecting the fragile coastal environment and surrounding wetlands. It creates a place that is fundamentally different than its surroundings.

In making recommendations, students looked at the region's social and economic factors; the needs of the host communities; and existing natural resources and critical environments.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2006 was chaired by Veronica Rosales, AICP.

Application of the Planning Process

Pioneering Palmer's Future: Strategies for Managing Growth
University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Faculty: Fritz Wagner, FAICP; Nancy Rottle; Frank Westerlund; Eric Noll

Students: Eileen Alduenda, Katey Bean, Clayton Beaudoin, Phoebe Bogert, Tony Bohn, Teri Butorac-Lee, Joshua Curtis, Peter Drakos, Susanne Hamilton, Eric Higbee, Amy Lindemuth, Kokila Lochan, Michael Russo, Alison Matiland Scheetz, Aren Sparck, Daniel Staley, Judson Sullvian, Zach Thomas, Jen Witzgall

The student team produced a comprehensive, complementary set of planning recommendations to preserve and enhance Palmer, Alaska's small-town character and historic agricultural resources while guiding future area-wide growth and spurring economic health. The synthesis document, Pioneering Palmer's Future, presented nine integrated recommendations in a highly accessible format.

Contribution of Planning to a Contemporary Issue

Ostego Land Trust Conservation Plan
Cornell University, Department of City and Regional Planning

Faculty: Ole M. Amundsen, III

Students: Irene Atamian, Soumya Dharmavarm, Matt Flis, Renee Kincla, Andy Love, Megan McDonald, Ron Morad, Elizabeth Sargent, Barbara Silverman, Jonathan Sinker, Beth Tamayose, Heidi Wasson, Tom Weismiller, Hui Xia

Fourteen Master's in Regional Planning students participated in a workshop to assist the Otsego Land Trust (OLT), a nonprofit conservation organization, by creating a land conservation plan to guide the land trust's conservation efforts. Students researched the demographic changes taking place across Otsego County, New York; designed criteria to select land conservation projects that reflect the land trust's mission; and created tools to prioritize the landscape for proactive conservation.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2005 was chaired by Frank Wein, FAICP.

Applied Research

Conservation and Landscape Planning Heritage Trail, featuring Historic Places in Massachusetts

Ann Chapman, University of Massachusetts

This master's thesis proposes a Massachusetts Conservation and Landscape Planning Heritage Trail. The inspiration for this trail comes from the life and work of visionary planner, Benton MacKaye, father of the Appalachian Trail.

Contemporary Issue

Food for Growth: A Community Food System Plan for Buffalo's West Side
State University of New York, University at Buffalo

Faculty Advisor: Samina Raja, Ph.D.

Students: Tangerine Almeida, Mark Bostaph, Mikaela Engert, Samuel Gold, Jeanne Leccese, Jordana Maisel, Anjali Malhotra, Joanna Rogalski, Tatianna Vejar, Keigo Yokoyama, Lesley Zlatev

The Food for Growth project was a semester-long planning process undertaken by 11 students at the University at Buffalo in the fall of 2003. Under the guidance of Dr. Samina Raja, students in this studio prepared a food system plan for a neighborhood on Buffalo's West Side.

Application of the Planning Process

San Miguel 2025: Draft Community Plan
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Faculty Advisor: Zeljka Pavlovich Howard

Students: Michael Conger, William Hellper, Cornelius Kempenaar, Brian Leveille, Eric Muzzy, Mandi Raike, Jason Rogers, Santiago Simon, David Stanfield, Fred Thacker

The two documents created by the students are a product of a six-month-long community study designed to emulate the process of preparing a community plan and expose students to state-of-the-art technology, methods, and techniques used in "real-world" planning situations. The project incorporated all aspects of planning including data collection and analysis, community participation and surveying, goal and objective creation, visioning, development of alternative concept plans, and policy creation.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2004 was chaired by Frank Wein, FAICP.

Applied Research

Save Ammendorf!
Pratt Institute Graduate Center, New York, New York

Kate Zidar

Kate Zidar, a student at Pratt Institute Graduate Center, analyzed the Halle neighborhood of Ammendorf in the former East Germany to illustrate possible development scenarios for the area.

After documenting recent economic and social changes since reunification, Zidar narrated her findings for a public meeting attended by local building owners and covered by both print and electronic media. She showed how the ongoing adaptive reuse of the former factories for housing and small workshops point to the high likelihood of their conversion to live-work housing.

Applying the Planning Process

Towards a Smart Growth Master Plan: Assessment and Recommendations for the Town of Porter, New York
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, Buffalo, New York

Advisor: Ute Lehrer

Students: Fina Abdel Latif, Brian Gatewood, Fredy Rodriquez Gutierrez, Amy Kacala, Joel Kleinberg, Hui-En (Grace) Lee, Nnabuihe Maduakolam, Karen Palmer, Seokhoon Shim, Brian Slack, Mark Territo, Katherine Wager, Robert Wisener, Ji Zhang

In 2002, the town of Porter, New York, approached the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the State University of New York, Buffalo, for assistance in developing the first part of a comprehensive plan. Fourteen graduate students took the challenge by analyzing the various characteristics of the community and formulating progressive strategies.

Porter (pop. 7,000) had two distinct population centers on opposite sides of the town. The eastern portion is largely agricultural, while the western portion is more industrial. Amidst this conflict, the town wished to retain its rural character and quality of life.

The students recommended methods to develop the local economy, in particular competitive ways of boosting agriculture and tourism. The also students suggested the further preservation of open space and farmlands for both the environmental and aesthetic values and economic vitality.

Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Integrating Transportation and Land Use Planning: Outreach to Planning Commissioners
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Advisor: Robert Parker, AICP

Students: Paul Bender, Carolyn Bonner, Jennifer Dill, Kathryn Frank, Bethany Johnson, Evan MacKenzie, John Mermin, Darren Muldoon, Tina Nunez, Michelle Pezley, Mike Rose, Paul Seilo, Rachel Warner

Raising the awareness of planning commissioners in Oregon on smart growth issues was the primary focus of the project by students at the University of Oregon, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

They aimed to develop a model for successful dialogue with local government partners in the implementation of statewide transportation and land use planning goals and create model partnership between universities and state agencies.

To achieve their goals, the students developed written and visual materials, conducted 24 outreach workshops for local planning commissioners and elected officials on smart growth, and conducted informal interviews with professional planners.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2003 was chaired by Linda Cox, FAICP.

Best Demonstrates the Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Planning and Design Recommendations for the West Side Neighborhood of Saratoga Springs, New York
University of Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York

Advisor: Cliff Ellis, AICP

Students: Ruchi Agarwal, Hannah Blake, Christopher D. Eastman, Todd Gardner, Nadine H. Hardy, Jim Horton, Christian Leo, Kenneth Kovalchik, Kate Maynard, Robert Leslie, Lori A. Shirley, Aruna Sri Reddy, Dehui Wei, Yilun Tseng, Blaine T. Yatabe, John-David Wood, and Yongzhen Zhang

The final report of this project is a 150-page, highly-illustrated volume providing a great deal of background on the neighborhood and making detailed policy recommendations and design proposals for land use and zoning, gateways and connections, urban design, housing, and the revitalization of Beekman Street as a neighborhood commercial corridor.

The report was prepared by the student team as a capstone project for their Masters (MRP) in Urban and Regional Planning.

Best Project in Applying the Planning Process

Morningside Housing Improvement Area Plan
San Jose State University, San Jose, California

Advisor: Dayana Salazar

Students: Ngozi Ajawara, Craig Araki, Karli Eshwey, Nazih Fino, Juvencio Flores, Corey Hall, Ted Heyd, Tansuri Japtap, Nana Koranteng, Aaron Laurel, Irene Liestiawati, Eugene Maeda, Tina Mandawe, Joy Neas, Marion Payet, Debbie Pedro, Vincent Rivero, David Roemer, Jason Romes, Ana Ruiz, Brad Sedin, Darcy Smith, Keith Stamps, Todd Taylor, Yen Trinh, Phil Trom, Fleur Voute and Zhong Zheng

For their plan for the Market-Aldamen Neighborhood.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. Jurors for the AICP Student Project Awards were Eugenie Birch, FAICP; Linda Cox, FAICP; Fritz Wagner, FAICP; and Frank Wein, FAICP

Applied Research

A Health Center in West Side Park
Rutgers University, New Jersey

Advisor: Kathe Newman

Students: Mivelia Andika, Leena Basnyet, Abeni Crooms, Robert Diogo, Louis Fineberg, Ariana Funaro, Lukus Herbert, Danny Knee, Jagadish Prakash, Denise Ramirez, Kristin Russell, Sally Samuel, Deborah Spayd

For their work on an urban health center.

Demonstrating the Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Ardmore Business District Authority Redevelopment Plan
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Advisor: Eugenie Birch, FAICP

Students: Amy Decker, Cara Griffin, Bridget Keegan, Rob Lamb, Chris Mrozinski, Emilia Paiva-Turra

For their redevelopment plan for the Ardmore, Pennsylvania, business district.


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. Judges for the AICP Student Project Awards Jury were Dean Palos, AICP; Alfred N. Raby, AICP; Samuel J. Parker, Jr., AICP.

Applied Research

The Growth Management Toolbox: A Better Way to Live
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Students: Carrie Beach, Laura Everitt, Chris Galanty, Shannon Garvey, DJ Gerken, Brian Haluska, Porter Ingrum, Jim Lamey, Tianjin Luo, Rose-Anne McGrail, Jyothsna Ramesh, Jaymie Sheffield, Sean Suder, Melissa C. Tronquet, Suzanna Usak

Demonstrating the Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

The Economic Development Plan for the Hopi Winslow Trust Property
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Students: Tripti Agarwal, Hilary Anderson, Peter A. Cherberg, Donovan Durband, Jennifer Greig, Matthew Keough, Susan I. Morrison, Tiffany C. Rich, Adam B. Smith, Lisa A. Verts, Jeffrey Wegener

This document presents a number of land use alternatives for the development of a 200 acre parcel of Hopi Trust Land outside Winslow, Arizona.

Applying the Planning Process

Future Land Use in the Town of Dryden: Alternatives & Recommendations
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Students: Julie Amato, Lawrence Bice, Karen Edelstein, Jessica Feldman, Tika Gurung, Ryan Harris, Danielle Hautaniemi, Bethany Johnson, Tim Logue, Juan Carlos Londono, Jonathan Martin, Mark Rodman, Megan Rupnik, David Whitley, Martha Wittosch, Yizaho Yang


In recognition of outstanding papers or class projects by a student or group of students from accredited planning programs. The AICP Student Project Awards Jury of 2000 was chaired by Dean Palos, AICP.

Best Demonstrates the Contribution of Planning to Contemporary Issues

Seminary Square Eco-Village Plan
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Advisors: Carlos Chifos and Brenda Scheer, AICP

Students: Rahmawati Husein, Michell Smith, Sheng Yu, Josh Whitehead, Channing Henderson, Jing Jin, Leshia Helton, Tao Huang, Yogesh Saoji, Martin Mikush, Annileshwari Jawahar,Jie Shao, Matthew Neugebauer, Emeka Monema, Evelyn Kasongo, Nvard Manasian, Emmanual Manyindo, Samanatha Chundur, Sandesh Samarai, Sonali Bandaranayake, Ivy Thompson

The 21 students in a University of Cincinnati graduate planning workshop were given a task: devise a strategy to turn the 50-square-block Seminary area into an urban "eco-village." Their overall goal was to show how sustainable development could be a viable planning option. Completed in1999, the Seminary Square Eco-Village Plan was one of the resulting projects and implementation of the plan followed shortly.

A demonstration house recommended in the students' report will be part of the annual Seminary Square Eco-Fair, which is intended to showcase the neighborhood. The City also made improvements at two neighborhood parks and agreed to fund façade improvements along the Warsaw Avenue business district.

Best Application of the Planning Process

Atascadero Colony in the 21st Century
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California

Advisor: Zeljka Pavlovich Howard

Students: Scott Aaron, Jennifer Adge, Linda Ajello, Wynee Au, Brian Clevenger, Joshua Cross, Nicol Rister Davis, Christopher Fernandez, Erica Fraser, Christopher Gastelum, Jason Hade, Eric Hanson, Jennifer Hattabaugh, Michael Hoffman, Jason Jones, Howard Lee, Carrie Loarie, Ryan Luckert, Amanda Markarian, Nicole Moore-Lee, Melissa Murphy, Kevin Nguyen, Brain Pavelko, Alison Pernell ,Vanessa Rauschenberger, Sarah Rigamat, German Robles, Rosalind Rondash, Joemil Santos, Yolando Sepulveda, Joel Shirbroun, Loreli Shouman, Sean Warner, Craig Weber, Lesley Xavier

The undergraduate community planning laboratory at California Polytechnic University began work on their draft state-required plan for Atascadero, California with a community profile, followed by a community visioning process and the development of alternative concept plans.

Among the issues identified in their project, "Atascadero Colony in the 21st Century," were maintaining the city's moderate-density residential character, improving the jobs/housing balance, making zoning consistent with the plan, protecting the hillsides, and preserving open space.

The final plan included seven state-required elements, plus four additional ones: economic development, historic preservation, public facilities and utilities, and community design.