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 2018 Awards 

On May 23, 2018, APA Orange Section hosted the 2018 Annual Awards Program, honoring great planning occurring throughout Orange County. The Orange Section received 17 nominations for projects in categories ranging from Academic to Best Practices with a panel of five jurors tasked to review each nomination and select award winners for the project’s innovation and implementation.

On the day of the event, over 150 planners were in attendance to celebrate the awarded projects and to take away lessons learned and best practices for planning in Orange County. Of the 17 projects, 13 were selected to receive an Award of Excellence or Merit.

Awards Jurors:

Amber Gregg

Michelle Thrakulchavee

Shane Burkhardt

Steve Weiss

Dana Privitt

Click below for a copy of the Awards Presentation

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2018 Award Winners.

Awards of Excellence



University of California, Irvine, Mengdi Li, Urban Heat Island Effects Mitigation

Best Practices:

City of Orange, Historic Preservation Design Standards For Old Towne


Opportunity And Empowerment:

City of Orange, Family Care Center, Emergency Shelter Ordinance Homeaid, Orange County

Urban Design:

City of Newport Beach, RRM Design Group, West Newport Mesa Streetscape Master Plan

Opportunity and Empowerment:

City Of Garden Grove, Jamboree Housing Corporation, Garden Grove United Methodist Church


City of Anaheim, Code Streamlining And Improvement Plan

Urban Design:

KTGY Architecture And Planning, Olympia Capital Corporation, IP Westminster, LLC

Awards Of Merit


Emerging Planning And Design Firm:

Sagecrest Planning+Environmental

Implementation-Small Jurisdiction:

City Of Tustin, Placeworks, Tustin Legacy Specific Plan


Urban Design:

City Of Placentia , The Old Town, Placentia Revitalization Plan

Public Outreach:

City Of Brea, Brea Envisions Committee Brea Envisions Ambassadors Brea Envisions Community Engagement Plan

Best Practices:

City Of Laguna Beach, Jordan Villwock, Placeworks, Local Hazard

Best Practices:

Southern Ca Association Of Governments, Street Plans Collaborative, Alta Planning + Design, Katherine Padilla & Associates, Streetfilms

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