Regional & Urban Design Submission hero

The Smithsonian Institution South Campus Master Plan, a 2016 AIA Regional & Urban Design Award recipient.

Buildings never arise in isolation. The best planning accounts for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources—modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities. 

The 2017 Regional & Urban Design program recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development.


  • owners, individual practitioners, private design firms, public agencies, civic organizations, and public interest groups can nominate projects or programs in which they were involved
  • a US-licensed architect must be the author of the project
  • submitting architects do not have to be the head of the team
  • projects must credit every substantial contributor


  • urban design projects, planning programs, civic improvements, campus plans, environmental programs, redevelopment projects, or other similar projects and programs may be entered
  • individual buildings are not eligible
  • size and location of the project or program are not factors
  • incomplete or ongoing projects or programs may be entered if a significant portion has been completed, implemented, or adopted by a local jurisdiction or authority

Image credits

Regional & Urban Design Submission hero

BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group + Christopher Malheiros