Great Places Awards Jurors
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Meet the 2018 Great Places Award Jurors

The Environmental Design Research Association, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, presents the 20th Annual Great Places Awards.

Nominations for the 2018 Great Places Awards are closed. Please join us at EDRA49, June 6-9 in Oklahoma City, to celebrate the winners!

2018 Great Places Awards | Submission Rules | Award Categories | Jurors | Download Brochure (PDF)


We're proud to announce the jury panel for this year's Great Places Awards!

Brodie Bain

Brodie Bain

Brodie Bain is a Principal and Campus Planning Director at Perkins+Wills, Seattle. She has 30 years of experience as an architect and planner, focusing on campus planning, programming and pre-designs. She has spoken around the country and authored several publications, including a chapter in Building Performance Evaluation: From Delivery Process to Life Cycle Phases (Edited by W. Preiser, A. Hardy and U. Schramm). Brodie’s career has been strongly influenced by a passion for supporting users and an institution’s mission, while incorporating environment/behavior studies. As master planner, programmer or architect, understanding the user experience is always at the forefront. Her approach stems from a talent for listening to clients and users and translating their needs into workable space within the context of physical opportunities and operational constraints. Brodie’s master plans weave open space, connections and context with building function, placement and image. In recent years she has developed new approaches to sustainable campus planning. Brodie holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies/Biology from Trinity College and a Master of Architecture with specialization in Design/Behavior from the University of Illinois.

Bryan Bell

Bryan Bell

Bryan Bell is Associate Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University. He is the founder and Executive Director of Design Corps, which has the mission of providing "the benefits of architecture to those traditionally un-served by the profession." The work of Design Corps was featured in Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum Exhibit "National Design Triennial: Design Culture Now" (2003), was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale, and was awarded the 2007 AIA National Honor Award for Collaborative Practice.

Bell’s current work includes Public Interest Design, which he pursued as a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. He has been instrumental in organizing the SEED (Social/Economic/Environmental Design) Network, and the Structures for Inclusion annual conferences. His work is published in Good Deeds, Good Design (2003), Expanding Design: Architecture as Activism (2008) and Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (2016).

Tama Duffy Day

Tama Duffy Day

Tama Duffy Day believes in the power of design to impact lives and enrich communities. As a principal and firmwide leader of Gensler’s Health & Wellness practice, Tama is dedicated to raising awareness of this connection between design and health. A frequent author, lecturer, and speaker, she focuses on the alignment of expectation, interaction, and space to create better user experiences in all her work. In the past three decades of her career, she has received more than 50 awards and honors for her work, including becoming one of the few design professionals to have been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She mentors students from Marymount University, where she earned a MFA in Interior Design. Follow her on twitter @TamaDuffyDay.

Brian Jencek

Brian Jencek

Brian Jencek is the Global Director of HOK’s Planning practice, leading over 100 city planners, urban designers, landscape architects and environmental scientists in 13 studios around the world. His experience spans numerous award-winning projects nationally and abroad, including the 2012 London Olympics, Stanford University’s School of Medicine campus, 2020 Dubai World Expo, and planning for new cities in Panama, Brazil, China and India.

Educated in Landscape Architecture and Planning at Cornell University, Brian is active professionally and academically within the ASLA, ULI, SPUR, and Clinton Climate Initiative, is a Landscape Architecture Foundation Board Member, and teaches graduate-level design studios on topics of climate change resiliency and environmental planning at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Norman Mintz

Norman Mintz

Norman Mintz is an Industrial Designer and Historic Preservationist who has played a leading role in the field of Downtown Revitalization for over forty years. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Main Street movement and was noted as this country’s first Main Street manager in Corning, NY, a role now followed by thousands of commercial districts nationwide. He has consulted with villages and cities of every size, including Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership, (two large BID’s in NYC), and contributes to “Making It Happen,” a Placemaking Workshop held by Project for Public Spaces (PPS). He is a frequent lecturer and has taught at Columbia and Cornell Universities, RPI and Pratt Institute. He is the co-author of the book Cities Back From the Edge: New Life for Downtown (Wiley Press), which illustrates stories of how communities across America have revitalized their commercial centers using modest and innovative approaches to achieve successful and long lasting results.

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