The Greater Dallas Planning Council has announced the winners of its annual Urban Design Awards, recognizing projects and individuals for excellence and leadership in urban design and urban planning in the Dallas region. For several years, the GDPC has identified local leaders in the fields of planning, engineering, architecture, and design for both their achievements and inspiration to the community.  This year’s list of award winners continues to showcase outstanding projects and leaders who demonstrate vision and excellence.

Built Project Award Winner: Asana Deep Ellum by Asana Partners, LandDesign and GFF

Completed in November 2018, the urban revitalization captures the essence of Deep Ellum while advancing a fresh notion of urbanism and open space opportunities that increase access and visibility, while preserving the sense of privacy and separation. The project revitalized two vacant warehouse buildings, a small parking area, and vehicular loading zone into a vibrant neighborhood magnet with open space, retail, and restaurant offerings. The team devised a series of simple metal arches, which add to the artistic vibe and draw in and engage the public and passersby. The project team saw an opportunity to build on this momentum and “create a place that matters” in a transitional warehouse/industrial location with under-developed outdoor open space and historical character.  This successful model of public/private space has helped the owner, Asana Partners, offer Dallas a design solution that is right for Deep Ellum, reflecting its industrial character, and the eclectic and artsy style and sensibility of the community.

Unbuilt Dream/Study Award WinnerFive Mile Creek by TBG Partners and The Trust for Public Land

The Five Mile Creek Greenbelt Master Plan is a groundbreaking departure from existing Dallas trail development. It addresses the needs of a historically underserved community with 23.5 miles of trails, four new parks, programming opportunities to support economic development, equity, improved health and wellness of citizens, and access to a living lab that supports outdoor educational priorities.

Informed by the community through engagement and design, the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt Master Plan is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the City of Dallas, The Trust for Public Land, and TBG Partners with the support of private donors and citizens of Southern Dallas. Developing the Five Mile Creek Master Plan is the first step in providing other communities with a roadmap of how inclusive urban design can be transformative to the social, economic, and environmental wellbeing of the people and places they serve.

Unbuilt Dream/Study Award Honorable MentionCity of Richardson Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District. The team included the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Interface Studio, Ninigret Partners, Big Red Dog, Kimley-Horn, Inc., Strategic CommunitySolutions LLC, and Better Block

Dunnigan Engagement Award Winner: North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment & Development Department

The NCTCOG Environment and Development Department is recognized as a regional leader in both the development and outreach efforts for a more sustainable region. Their leadership in bringing together broad ranges of stakeholders over the years has led to the development of programs, policies and outreach efforts related to water quality, sustainable development, waste management, land use, air quality and other environmental issues. The list of programs represents just a small percentage of efforts the NCTCOG undertakes, as well as their long-term commitment to sustainable development in the region.

Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Zaida Basora, FAIA

Zaida Basora, FAIA, is a nationally recognized sustainability leader and serves as Huitt-Zollars’ Corporate Sustainability Manager and Vice President. Zaida previously spent more than two decades with the City of Dallas, where she oversaw the design, construction, and energy management of over 800 city-owned facilities, serving as Chief Building Official, Assistant Director of Public Works, and Assistant Director of Building Services.

Throughout Zaida’s thirty-year career, she has demonstrated a continuous commitment to improving the urban environment, contributing to great urban design and sustainability. Her professional contributions have positioned Dallas as a leader in regional and national green building standards and sustainability, and her leadership and influence have shaped Dallas’ environmental evolution through public policy, planning, and design. Zaida’s success and contributions to the city of Dallas and beyond, as well as her role as a sustainability expert, truly make her an outstanding recipient for the Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award.

 Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award Winner: Matthews Southwest

Matthews Southwest has transformed the south side of downtown Dallas. Its positive impact on our urban fabric is most evident on Lamar Street south of I-30, where nearly every building on the 45 acres has been built, re-developed, or made possible by Jack Matthews and his team. Matthews Southwest also developed the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel and The Tribute, a 1,500-acre mixed-use community on Lake Lewisville in The Colony. These visionary leaders from Matthews Southwest have done much to help shape the urban growth of Dallas.

Thanks to the Urban Design Awards Jury and Committee Members:

Paul Ridley, president of the GDPC, would like to thank the members of the 2019 GDPC UDA jury, including Don Raines, Jr., Chair/Lead Juror, Mikel Wilkins, PE, ENV-SP, Amanda Popken, LEED AP, Ben Reavis, AIA, Christopher Hernandez, PE, Noel Aveton, PLA and Mike (Michael) Grace, AICP.

Peter Darby AIA, LEED AP, chairperson for the Urban Design Awards Committee, would like to recognize and thank the committee members for their support, including Paul Ridley, Brian Keith, Mike Carleton, Chuck DeShazo, Carmen Garcia, Mike Grace, Eric Hill, Robert Kent, and Phil Morley.

The 2019 Urban Design Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Historic Dallas High School - offices of Perkins+Will - 2218 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75201. We encourage you to take DART to the Pearl/Arts District Station directly in front of the historic high school. Valet Parking will be available on-site.

You can purchase individual tickets for the Urban Design Awards event here on the GDPC website.

Thank you to our Sponsors who can be found on the GDPC web site. To sign up to be a sponsor, please REGISTER HERE. Sponsorship packages are still available!

Join Us for the Reception to Celebrate the 2019 Winners

The 2019 Urban Design Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Historic Dallas High School - offices of Perkins+Will - 2218 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75201. We encourage you to take DART to the Pearl/Arts District Station directly in front of the historic high school. Valet Parking will be available on-site.

To sign up to be a sponsor or to purchase an individual ticket to the awards reception, please register. Sponsorship packages are still available! November 21st is the cut off to be recognized in the program and event signage.




AECOM Archer Western Armstrong-Douglass Structural Engineers
Cemetrics City Centric Planning City of Dallas, Urban Planning & Design
City of Wilmer Dean International  DeShazo Group
DFW Airport Diverse Global Strategies Downtown Dallas
Freese and Nichols, Inc GFF Planning Halff Associates, Inc
Incredi-Brand Media Jacobs Lawton Repro
Masterplan Michael Baker International  Mike (Michael) Grace, AICP, MRCP
Oncor  Savorista Cafe TBG Partners
Trust for Public Land   UT-Arlington  


The winners of the 2018 Urban Design Awards are listed below.  

Built Project Award Winner:

Arlington City Center

Project Participants include:  City of Arlington, Catalyst Urban Development, Dodson Development Designers, Dewberry Architects and WDG Architects

This project is a multi-block urban mixed-use center of activity that combines the City of Arlington’s existing City Hall and administration facilities with a new council chamber, new central library, performing arts park and private development containing new residential lofts, small office, restaurant, retail space and shared garage parking.  The development is the result of a creative collaboration between a private developer and the city through an effective public/private partnership.  

Honorable Mention:  The Hill Shopping Center– CAPREF Walnut Hill LLC, Pacheco Koch, Looney Ricks Kiss and Lake Flato

Honorable Mention:  Dallas Farmers Market Redevelopment  - GFF  (Architecture/Landscape  Architecture),  RLG  (Civil  Engineering) and Spectrum  Properties  (Owner/Project  Management)

Dream/Study Award Winner:

Collin Creek Mall

Designer:  CallisonRTKL Inc.

Collin Creek Mall was the subject of a design study aimed at finding creative solutions for declining mall assets.  Driven by the individual systems of infrastructure and economics, the traditional mall largely ignored the social and natural systems, which uniquely increase in value over time.   The project envisioned a systems approach to development which re-establishes linkages by focusing on the long-term value of natural systems.  In this approach as the natural systems mature, all other systems increase in sustained viability.  The result is a more experiential destination that creates a re-imagined social hub for the city. 

Honorable Mention:  Davis at the Square McKinney – Columbus Realty Partners, JHP Architecture/Urban Design, Space Between Design Studios and Keaton Interiors

Honorable Mention:  Forest TheaterCity Square, HKS Architects and Quimby McCoy Preservation Architects

Dunnigan Media Award Winner:

Matt Goodman 

Mr. Goodman is the online editorial director for D Magazine, where he oversees the journalism produced for the website and, in particular, its FrontBurner news blog.  He has written about the privatization of Fair Park, housing and poverty in the City of Dallas, the future of the Trinity River Park, and explored the potential for neighborhoods in need of smarter investment.  He has edited and overseen coverage of criminal justice reform, challenges of affordable housing in the city, in particular the complexity of the city’s first housing policy, and last year’s bond package, which was the most comprehensive analysis written about what was being voted on in that election.  

Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Gary Thomas, DART

Gary C. Thomas is president and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).  Mr. Thomas is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail and para-transit services.  Under his leadership, DART has doubled its light rail system twice to become the nation’s longest at 93 miles.  Several of the projects recognized in the past have had a transit-oriented design component to them.  These projects would not have been the same without the transit – something that Gary has helped make possible through his leadership of DART.

Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award Winner:

Lorena Toffer and Peter Goldstein

Nominated by: Jaynie Schultz

These two people, one an architect and the other a teacher of architecture, meet every criteria award.  Because of their vision and fortitude, Dallas Independent School District now has CityLab High School, which opened in 2017 and is continuing to develop and grow, continuing to add one new grade level each school year.  The vision of CityLab is to create an inner-city high school where students use the city as a lab and engage and explore the diverse social fabric and neighborhoods of Dallas. 

Urban Design Awards Presentations 2014 to 2018

2018 UDA Final Presentation
2018 UDA Winners Presentation

2016 UDA Presentation
2015 UDA Presentation
2014 UDA Presentation

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