The Great Places Awards are unique among programs that recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design.
Celebrate professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design at the 2013 EDRA Awards Banquet, when we present the 15th Annual Great Places Awards for Place Design, Place Research, Place Planning and Book on June 1, 2013, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.
Hear first hand from the best and brightest minds in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design as we honor Great Places that exemplify the concern for human factors in the design of the built environments, and a commitment to promoting the links between design research and practice. The coveted Great Places Award is the pinnacle of achievement in built environments.
Tickets for the awards banquet are $90. Please note: One ticket to this event is included for registered attendees of EDRA44Providence, the annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association.
Now in its 15th year, EDRA's Great Places Awards seek to premiate work that combines expertise in design, research, and practice and that contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, sustainable, and concerned with human factors in the design of the built environment.
We invite participation from a range of design and research disciplines — particularly projects whose significance extends beyond any one profession or field. All submissions should show how research and/or public participation is linked to or part of environmental design practice, and vice versa. Submissions should also demonstrate how an understanding of the experience of place may be used to generate insightful design.
We welcome submissions from the full breadth of environmental design and related research activities, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, environmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and the physical sciences.
New this year: Entrants had the opportunity to submit projects for consideration in the Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition, May 29 - June 1, 2013, in conjunction with EDRA’s 2013 conference, EDRA44Providence.
We have assembled a jury with diverse backgrounds in design, research and practice. The jury evaluates how each project, no matter what the discipline, addresses the human experience of well-designed places. Special attention is paid to the transferability of research on this topic into design and planning practice. The jury will select winners from four categories: place design, place planning, place research, and a book prize. This year we will convene a separate jury to consider projects for the Healthy + Healing Places Exhibition.
The submission deadline for the 2013 program has past. Please check back here in October for the 2014 Call for Entries.
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Julian Bonder was born in New York and raised in Argentina. He is an active contributor to the international discourse on memory, public space, cultural trauma, and monument design, often working outside the traditional boundaries of architecture.
Gayle Epp is an experienced housing and community development planner who has been involved in all aspects of community revitalization ranging from strategic planning and program design to implementation and evaluation. Her specific areas of expertise include public housing revitalization, housing policy, neighborhood reinvestment strategies, and public/private partnerships. She has extensive experience with HUD’s HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods programs where she has been involved in the planning and implementation of more than 30 revitalized communities that serve a broad range of incomes.
Ms. Epp was the design consultant to the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing and assisted in the development of the National Action Plan for eliminating distressed housing, the precursor to the HOPE VI program. She worked closely with HUD on developing national policies and procedures for the HOPE VI/mixed-finance program, with the goal of maximizing the impact of this housing program on neighborhood revitalization and economic development in distressed neighborhoods.
Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), an international educational and design non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts founded in 1978 as Adaptive Environments. The organizational mission is to advance the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a global, web-based collection of case studies of universal design in the built environment to user-expert research in cultural facilities, national parks and service businesses. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for classrooms, workplaces and homes.
She is a Special Advisor on Inclusive Design to the governments of Singapore and France, the Open Society Institute and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, a trustee of the Boston Architectural College, and co-chairs the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts. Fletcher has a master degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University.
Peter Hourihan, LEED AP, is a Principal and Director of Research at Cannon Design, a global architectural, engineering, and planning firm. With a career-long passion for learning and teaching and a broad experience as a practitioner in all dimensions of architecture and engineering, he deeply understands the connection between research and design practice. His undergraduate education in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Masters degree in Architecture with specialization in Building System Design from SUNY Buffalo have been combined with ten years of teaching at SUNY Buffalo’s School of Architecture and more than 35 years of professional practice. A published author and frequent presenter, his work has been recognized by awards from the AIA, Boston Society of Architects, and US Army Corp of Engineers. He currently guides the firm’s leveraging of primary and secondary research; prototyping and invention; and futures platforms in healthcare, higher education, commercial and sustainable design projects promoting new ideas for the delivery of transformative projects.
Mikyoung Kim is an award-winning international landscape architect and artist who merges sculptural vision with the urban landscape. As design director, Mikyoung has brought her background in music and design to the firm’s diverse work. Mikyoung’s recent work includes the Crown Sky Garden at the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago, the San Antonio Hemisfair Arts Masterplan, the University of Chicago Laboratory School, the Miami Zoo Entry Plaza, the Sol LeWitt Meditation Garden, Pier 4 Seaport Plaza in Boston and a large scale holographic sculpture for the Anaheim Intermodal Transportation Center in California. Mikyoung served as a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1994-2012, was chair of the program for six years, and is now Professor Emeritus.
Since the firm’s inception, the work of Mikyoung Kim has received critical acclaim winning multiple national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Waterfront Center, The Harvard Design School and the International Federation of Landscape Architects, as well as awards from the Boston Society of Architects and Landscape Architects. Recent work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Portland Oregonian, Sculpture Magazine, Dwell, Surface Magazine, Architecture Record, Garden Design, Interior Design, Pages Paysages, numerous compendium publications such as Futurescapes, Contemporary American Gardens, Modern Landscapes, and a monograph of the firm’s work in Inhabiting Circumference.