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Great Places Awards Jurors
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2019 Annual Great Places Awards jurors.

2019 Great Places Awards | Submission Rules | Award Categories | Jurors | Download Brochure (PDF)

Taryn Sabia
Associate Professor of Research - University of South Florida

Professor Taryn Sabia is a co-founder of the Tampa based non-profit urban design collaborative, Urban Charrette, Inc., and the Director of the Florida Center for Community Design and Research at the University of South Florida's School of Architecture & Community Design. Sabia's twelve-year career in urban and community design is anchored by a passion to involve citizens in actively shaping the built environment. Her diverse background in architecture, urban design, education, and community engagement gives her a deep understanding of the importance of context-based design, mobility, and culture of place, and how these elements inform an urban framework. 



Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP
Executive Vice President/CEO - IIDA

IIDA is an international membership organization for professional interior designers and architects with 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl oversees the strategic direction of IIDA, curates and publishes Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal, manages a team of 25 professional staff members, leads the 10-member International Board of Directors, and directs all outreach and programmatic efforts, including more than a dozen global design competitions, which recognize worldwide excellence in interior design.


Joel Burns 
City of Forth Worth City Council

Joel Burns is an American politician. A former chair of the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, and city councilman for District 9 in Fort Worth, Texas, he received extensive press attention in October 2010 after speaking at a council meeting about the issue of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, as part of Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign. Burns has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Jill DeLozier, Vice-President
Downtown OKC Partnership

Jill leads the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership (DOKC), a not-for-profit organization created in 2000 to manage and market the Business Improvement District of OKC. She has a BA from OSU in Journalism/ Marketing and an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma. With her background in PR/ Marketing, and specialties in Strategic Planning, Community Relations, Placemaking, Place Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Crisis Management, and Branding, Jill works strives to energize the visitors' experience of OKC. 



Peter C. Bosselmann,
UC Berkeley, Graduate School Professor of Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Peter Bosselmann works nationally and internationally on urban design and planning projects. He established urban simulation laboratories in Milan, New York City, and Tokyo, modeled after the Berkeley laboratory that has been under his direction since 1983. His publications have appeared in a wide range of academic and professional journals. His recent book, Urban Transformation - Understanding City Design and Form by Island Press reflects on design methods as necessary sources of knowledge for design. He is currently collaborating on a Global Metropolitan Observatory and writing a new book on the Metropolitan Landscape.




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