2020 Student Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The 2020 APA Student Design Competition which will seek innovative solutions to equitable community development, sustainable urban design, housing that’s affordable for all, and resilient approaches to neighborhood planning.

The Student Competition is part of the APA's ongoing effort to raise interest of the need for equitable, responsible, sustainable, and resilient communities for all amongst the leaders of tomorrow in the fields of planning and urban design. It is one of the strongest Divisions Council-wide programs between the Student Representatives Council and Divisions Council and in its 4th year, the program continues to grow with energetic support from both student and professional members.

All participating finalists will attend the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston, Texas to make their final presentations to a jury of leaders in the fields of planning, housing, sustainability, and stakeholders from the community.

About the Competition

Co-sponsored by the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, the annual Student Design Competition creates opportunities for interdisciplinary student collaboration while advancing a current Divisions Council Inititiave. Finalists present at the National Planning Conference and the winning team is awarded a $2,500 prize.

2020 Student Design Challenge

 

Student Design Competition Entry Form


Previous Winners

2019

Team Fruitpad

Cornell University

2019 Student Design Competition winners, Team Fruitpad from Cornell University.

2019 Student Design Competition winners, Team Fruitpad from Cornell University.

2018

NOLA Shares

Cornell University

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Team Leader — Anna Callahan; Team Members — Thomas Pera, Hannah Plummer, Kari Spiegelhalter

NOLA Shares features a web and app-based platform that aims to increase and facilitate shared skills, resources and knowledge across the Iberville community in downtown New Orleans. In addition to cloud-based infrastructure, the team proposed physical kiosks installed throughout the neighborhood to guarantee access for all residents.

2017

L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Team Leader — Xiaochen Chen; Team Members — Yuanyi Xiao, Donggyu Lee

The 2017 Student Design Competition invited interdisciplinary student teams to apply place-based Smart City technologies to a specific New York City site. The winning team, L.E.A.P. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, creatively identified a four-part vision — L.E.A.P. to a Smart Future — detailing how Smart City technologies could be used to improve Livability, Empowerment, Accessibility, and Play on site.

Finalists

Four additional teams were selected as finalists and presented their ideas at the National Planning Conference in New York City.

Smart CATS

Kansas State University

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Adaptive Strategies

New York University

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UCLA MURPs

University of California, Los Angeles

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The All-Nighters

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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