APA Student Case Competition

APA invites student members to compete in its annual Student Case Competition, held in conjunction with the National Planning Conference.

2014 Winners

Matthew MateoWinning Entry

Matthew Mateo of the University of Washington was recognized as the winner of the 2014 APA Student Case Competition. Mateo received one free year of APA membership (national and chapter dues included), free registration to the 2015 National Planning Conference, and a $100 reimbursement of his 2014 conference registration fee.

Read Matthew Mateo's winning case (pdf)



Runners Up

The judges also selected two runners up, each of whom received one free year of APA membership (national and chapter dues included). Read their cases:

Melissa Currie, University of North Carolina (pdf)

Valecia Wilson, Auburn University (pdf)

Program Details

Twenty students gathered at the Georgia Institute of Technology campus for this year's competition, held in conjunction with the 2014 National Planning Conference.

Students had three hours to respond to a mock planning challenge by helping their mayor prepare for a dinner with a foundation executive. Students were responsible for quickly analyzing the climate change issues facing their assigned community and producing a reading resource guide to help the mayor position the city the foundation's "100 Resilient Cities" challenge. The cases were reviewed by a panel of professional planners.

Read the 2014 APA Student Case Competition outline (pdf)

Judges

APA thanks the panel of judges who volunteered for this year's event.

Karen Alschuler, FAICP
Roger Blevins, FAICP
Craig Farmer, FAICP
Sara Farr
Mary Howard, AICP
Carol Gould, AICP
Meghna Khanna
Ednasha McCray, AICP
Ryan Walsh, AICP

Previous Winners

See details of previous competitions

Prizes

The first place winner will receive one free year of APA membership (national and chapter dues included), free registration for the 2015 National Planning Conference and a $100 reimbursement of the 2014 National Planning Conference registration fee. Two second-place winners will receive one free year of APA membership (national and chapter dues included). All will be recognized at the APA/AICP Annual Awards Ceremony.

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