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Applying for the Award

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is biennial. The Call for Entries for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence will be issued in September 2014 with submissions due in December 2014. Applications will be available on this website when the Call for Entries is announced. Click here to be added to our mailing list to receive the Call for Entries for the next Award.

The Application

The application is designed to give each project the opportunity to state its story in its own words and to elicit multiple perspectives of the project. Applicants are encouraged to concentrate their efforts on providing a clear description of the project and thorough answers to questions on the application form. Click here to view and download our 2013 application as a reference. We encourage you to visit the RBA digital archive to view information about past winners including completed applications.


  • The project must be a real place, not just a plan or program.

  • Since site visits are integral to the award process, the project must have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success.

  • The project must be located in the continental United States. It is not feasible to conduct site visits at other locations.

  • There are no distinct categories. Projects may include any type of place that makes a positive contribution to the urban built environment.

  • Urban environment is broadly defined to include cities, towns, villages, neighborhoods, counties and/or regions.

  • Previous applicants and Honorable Mention winners may apply up to three times. Previous winners are not eligible.

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