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 2020 Awards 

In 2020, APA Orange Section honored six nominees with Awards of Excellence and five nominees with Awards of Merit. Representing a wide range of planning pursuits, our 2020 award winners embody excellence in long-range planning, urban design, public engagement, transportation planning, academic achievement, and inclusivity. The Orange Section congratulates this year’s section award winners and thanks all of our nominees for sharing their inspiring work. We wish our winners the best of luck as they contend for state-level awards. 

Circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from scheduling an awards ceremony in 2020. In lieu of an Awards Ceremony, the Awards Committee prepared this short video introducing the 2020 award winners.    

Awards Jurors:

Julie Beeman, VCS Environmental Services

David Blumenthal, Sagecrest Planning+Environmental

Julia Malisos, WHA | William Hezmalhalch Architects

John Rau, Ultra-Research, Inc.

Michelle Thrakulchavee, City Ventures

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2020 Award Winners.

Awards of Excellence

 

Academic

 

Tustin Rail Station Active Transportation Plan

Ines Galmiche, UC Irvine MURP

Comprehensive Plan

Local Hazard Mitigation PlanCity of Rancho Santa Margarita, DeNovo Planning Group, Michael Baker International

Hard-Won Victories

The SR-241-SR-91 Tolled Express Lanes Connector Project

Transportation Corridor Agencies, California Department of Transportation

 

Opportunity and Empowerment

Health, Wellness, and Environmental Justice Element of the Placentia General Plan

City of Placentia, High Peaks Planning

 

Transportation Planning

 

Garden Grove Active Downtown Plan

City of Garden Grove, KOA Corporation

 

Urban Design

SteelCraft Garden Grove

City of Garden Grove, Howard CDM, SteelCraft, Studio One Eleven

Awards of Merit

 

Academic

 

Water Conservation and Recycled Water Nexus

Shin-Young John Yu, UC Irvine MURP

Comprehensive Plan

 

Rich Heritage, Bright Future: The Placentia General Plan

City of Placentia, High Peaks Planning

 

Economic Development

 

Huntington Beach Research and Technology Zone

City of Huntington Beach, RRM Design Group, The Natelson Dale Group

 

Planning Firm

 

SWA Group

 

Transportation Planning

 

OC Active: Orange County’s Bike + Ped Plan

OCTA, IBI, KTUA, Placeworks, Arellano Associates