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Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards + Student Competition

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia's iconic 20th-century city planner, Edmund N. Bacon [1910-2005], this annual program honors both professionals and students whose work epitomizes excellence in urban design. Each year, a professional who has made significant contributions to the field of urban planning - through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community - is selected to receive the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award. 

In addition, the winner of our student urban design competition is honored with the Edmund N. Bacon Student Urban Design Award.  The student design competition attracts undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe and the competition focuses on an area or location in Philadelphia.  Students are challenged to present bold ideas that will improve the area, while prioritizing community needs as a core tenet of design excellence.

2023 Edmund N. Bacon Student Urban Design Competition

July 01, 2022: Competition Brief Launches

September 2022: Workshop on Culturally Competent Community Engagement

December 15, 2022: Deadline for questions

January 31, 2023: Final date to submit entries

March or April 2023 (date TBD): Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia

Download the Competition Brief


Past Winners

The annual Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards honor outstanding national or international figures who, like Bacon, have advocated for excellence in urban development, planning, thought, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and a commitment to improving their community.

2022
Toni L. Griffin

2021
Mindy Fullilove, MD, LFAPA, Hon. AIA

2020
Majora Carter

2019
Jennifer Keesmaat

2018
Enrique PeƱalosa

2017
Theaster Gates

2016
Jan Gehl


2015
Judith Rodin, PhD

2014
Ed Rendell

2013
John Hickenlooper

2011/2012
Janette Sadik-Khan

2010
Denise Scott Brown

2009
Maurice Cox

2008
John O. Norquist

2007
Paul Goldberger

2006
Robert A.M. Stern

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