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EDRA Great Places Awards

EDRA Great Places Awards

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EDRA and Project for Public Spaces announce the recipients of the 22nd Annual Great Places Awards.

Learn more about last year's recipients.


The Program

The EDRA Great Places Awards are unique among programs that honor professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design. They seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research, and practice, and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination.

Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.

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--an 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.

EDRA welcomes submissions from the full breadth of environmental design and related research fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, place-based public art, environmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and the physical sciences.


the PROcess

Each year we assemble 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 selects exceptional submissions from four categories: place design, place planning, place research, place book, and place art.

The jury will convene in early 2021 and awards will be presented virtually at EDRA52 on May 19-23, 2021. The winning entries will be publicized throughout the year in various print and electronic publications.


Submission requirements

Each entry must follow category-specific submission requirements and must be submitted in English. Additional requirements can be found on the  Submission Rules  page.



GPA Awards committee members

Carla Brisotto, PhD. GPA Committee Chair 
Post-Doctoral Associate at Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience
University of Florida

Claudia Bernasconi, GPA Committee Co-Chair 
Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Architecture
University of Detroit Mercy
EDRA Board member

Tadd Heidgerken, 
Assistant Professor
University of Detroit Mercy

Cristina Murphy, 
Assistant Professor
Morgan State University

Claudia Wigger, 
University of Michigan

Caroline Makary 
MArch Student
Morgan State University

Rubaiya Binte Kibria, MArch student
Morgan State University



PPS logo

EDRA is proud to partner with Project for Public Spaces (PPS) for the 2021 Great Places Awards.

PPS is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

What Makes a Great Place



EDRA bestows awards for the following categories of work: 

  • Place Design
  • Place Planning
  • Place Research
  • Place Book
  • Place Art


For a detailed description of each Award category and jury considerations, visit the Award categories page.