Founded in 1986 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, the RBA seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better, thereby benefitting urban communities nationwide. Winners are selected by a committee comprised of six urban experts, including a mayor. Each winner is documented with a detailed case study so that the ideas and lessons learned may be shared with others. Each biennial RBA cycle is documented with detailed case studies about the winners and lessons learned about urban development in America. (Photography Credits: SteelStacks Arts & Cultural Campus: Halkin Mason Photography. Chicago Riverwalk Phases 2 & 3: Christian Phillips. Bruce C. Bolling Building: Anton Grassl / ESTO. Iberville Offsite Rehabs I & II: Jeffrey Johnston. LaKretz Innovation Campus + Arts District Park: Benny Chan/Fotoworks.)
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about US cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded to use in any way that benefits the projects, and there is NO FEE to enter.
The Bruner Foundation
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One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 are awarded each biennial. Winners are selected by a committee comprised of six urban experts, including a mayor. Each winner is documented with a detailed case study so that the ideas and lessons learned may be shared with others
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), More than one stage (Winners selected after at least two selection phases)
Who can Participate
-The project must be a real place, not just a plan or program.
– Since site visits are integral to the award process, the project must have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success.
– The project must be located in the contiguous United States. It is not feasible to conduct site visits in Alaska or Hawaii.
– There are no distinct categories. Projects may include any type of place that makes a positive contribution to the urban built environment.
– Urban environment is broadly defined to include cities, towns, villages, neighborhoods, counties and/or regions.
– Previous applicants and Honorable Mention winners may apply up to three times. Previous winners are not eligible.
– Applicants from Oakland, CA are not eligible to submit this year. We look forward to receiving applications from Oakland in the future
Dates and Time Frame
Deadline to Submit Project December 12, 2018
Winners announcement Date June 11, 2019
Location of Competition:
Cambridge, MA, United States of America
Location of Project (if developed):
United States of America