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.
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, and a book prize.
The jury convened in early 2020 and awards were presented at EDRA51, which was held virtually on April 4-7, 2020 . The winning entries will be publicized throughout the year in various print and
EDRA bestows awards for the following categories of work:
For a detailed description of each Award category and jury considerations, visit the Award categories page.
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. Chair
Post-Doctoral Associate at Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience
University of Florida
Claudia Bernasconi, past Chair and current co-Chair
Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Architecture
University of Detroit Mercy
EDRA Board member
University of Detroit Mercy
Morgan State University
University of Michigan
EDRA is proud to partner with Project for Public Spaces (PPS) for the 2020 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.