Student Awards and Competition
Every year APA honors outstanding student projects via the following awards program.
Student Planning and Design Competition
The competition invites teams of students pursuing graduate degrees in planning to participate. New this year is the competition's focus on a community issue in the NPC host city. The attention to student design in these real-life spaces continues APA's ongoing effort to provide leadership in the development of vital communities. By advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, APA hopes to provide the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
*Previously known as the Student Design Competition.
Outstanding Student Awards
The 2023–2024 fall submission window is now open.
The Outstanding Student Awards recognized outstanding achievement in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)–accredited planning programs (one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level, if applicable) during the academic year of the award.
Each respective planning program convened a jury to make the selection(s) and scheduled the award presentation(s) at their respective school(s).