2018 AICP Student Project Awards

The AICP Student Project Awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers by a student or group of students in Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs that contribute to advances in the field of planning.

This awards program is intended to recognize exceptional work by the student(s). While it is appropriate to submit a project or paper on which a faculty member(s) has given guidance, the submission should be primarily the work of the students.

2018 Award Submission Information

Deadline: December 12, 2017

Submit project award information as electronic documents (either as e-mail attachments or links to documents online) to students@planning.org with "AICP Student Project Award—[NAME OF SCHOOL]" as the e-mail subject.

Award Categories

The AICP Student Project Award recognizes a student or group of students in a PAB-accredited planning program for an outstanding paper or class project in up to three categories:

  1. the project that best demonstrates the contribution of planning to contemporary issues
  2. the project best applying the planning process
  3. applied research

Eligibility

A project may receive this award one time. Members of the AICP Awards Jury, the AICP Commission, or the APA Board of Directors are not eligible during their terms of service. Members of APA staff also are not eligible.

  1. A nomination for this award may be submitted by:
    • either the Head of a PAB-accredited planning program,
    • or the duly elected or appointed Planning Student Organization (PSO) Student Representative of a PAB-accredited program.
  2. Projects completed in the previous three years are eligible. For the 2018 program, eligibility dates are from December 2014 to December 2017.

NOTE: A program may submit only one nomination for this award. If an institution has both an undergraduate and graduate accredited program, a nomination may be submitted for each program, provided that the program does not submit one or more projects with a "blend" of undergraduate and graduate students.

Criteria

Innovative: Originality of concept or appreciable refinement of existing techniques or procedures

Transferable: Potential application to other locations, projects, or areas of planning interest

Quality: Excellence of thought, analysis, writing, graphics, and character of presentation

Implementation: Effectiveness of the work (proposals have been carried out, show promise of being carried out, or demonstrate an effective implementation technique)

Comprehensive: Planning principles have been observed, especially in considering a project's effects on other public objectives

Digital Images

APA adheres to all copyright laws. They apply to all images used in the award submission as well as the final project.

  • Submit only images that are copyright-free and may be reproduced by APA without a fee, charge, or copyright infringement.
  • All images should have a caption and photo credit details.
  • Images should not be thumbnail-sized. A size of 1,000–2,000 pixels is most commonly used.

Submission Checklist

Please submit your materials in the order below. Note: the size of each of the three files should be no more than 10MB.

File #1: Title “Entry Information”

A. Basic Information

  • Entry Name/Title — Complete Title of the Entry
  • School and academic level
  • Category — (a) contribution of planning to contemporary issues, (b) application of the planning process, or (c) applied research. Note: only one category may be selected. The jury may consider moving it to another category if deemed appropriate. The program contacts will be notified before doing so.
  • The month and year this project was completed.
  • Nominator (Required) — NOTE: Only the head of a PAB-accredited university planning program or the school's elected/appointed APA-PSO SRC Student Representative may nominate an entry.
    • Nominator's Contact Information — Name, title, mailing and e-mail addresses, and daytime phone number. Indicate whether the Nominator of this entry is the head of the planning program or the official APA-PSO Student Representative.
  • Project Contact (Required)
    • Name, title, mailing and e-mail addresses, and daytime phone number of the person responsible for communicating with APA staff about the materials submitted and directly with project team members (details concerning the presentation and other recognition, if entry is selected). Unclaimed certificates, etc., will be shipped to the coordinator at the address entered here.
  • Summary of Project (100-300 words) — Short description of project. This will be used in announcement materials for winning projects.
  • How Project Meets Criteria – Describe how this project meets the award criteria above.
  • Project team members – NOTE: These names will be printed as listed below on certificate and award announcements
    • Name(s) of faculty adviser(s)
    • Names of student team members

B. Project Description

Please describe the project more fully, including its outcomes and the role of students. Make sure to include: (1) the source and amount of any financial support this project received; (2) filename references to specific supporting materials (see below); (3) active links to online resources (if any); and (4) a description of what, if any, element of the submittal was not done by the students included in the project and describe who did that portion and why.

C. Letter(s) of Support

All letters should be on the letterhead of the supporter's school, agency, or company and submitted in PDF format.

  • (Required) A letter of support from the school's Planning Program Head.
  • (Optional) Additional letters from agencies, organizations, or companies connected with the project.

File #2: Title “Final Project Report”

Include the final project report either as an email attachment or URL for viewing by the AICP Awards Jury (text and graphics files must be in these formats: .jpg, .gif, .ppt, .doc, .pdf, or .rtf.). Hard copy reports will not be accepted.

The winning final reports will be linked from APA’s website.  If an entry is selected for an award, a permanent link should be established for linking from the AICP Student Project Award recognition webpage.

File #3: Title “Images and Supplemental”

Include 5-6 separate image files that characterize this entry. Provide (1) a caption that provides context and shows the entry's positive results or intended results, and (2) photo credit details. All images must be digital, copyright-free images and conform to the digital image requirements appearing elsewhere on this webpage.

Include, if applicable, reviews of the implementation effort, analysis of the results, newspaper clippings, editorials, promotional materials, etc.

Selection and Notification

Award winners will be notified as soon as they have been determined (anticipated in February 2018). A list of award winners will be sent to the nominator and project contact at each school.


Previous Winners

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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)

2013

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: www.connectcascadelocks.com/about-us.html

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)

2012

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)

2011

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)

2010

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)

2009

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: http://tinyurl.com/rb5ka3

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)

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.

2005

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.

2004

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.

2003

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.

2002

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.

2001

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

2000

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.

Questions?

Monica Groh
Director of Emerging Professionals
mgroh@planning.org
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