The APA RI Awards Program celebrates recent planning success stories and those who make a difference in the planning profession here in Rhode Island. Each fall, we invite the local planning community to nominate their favorite projects, plans, student projects, and individual leaders, to honor the great work done that year to advance the planning profession. Regardless of the award category, APA RI seeks to recognize people and projects that embody innovation, comprehensiveness, collaboration, transferability to other communities, and a commitment to implementation.

APA RI is pleased to announce the 2016 Award Winners.  They will be honored at the Annual RI Awards and Holiday Party on January 12, 2017. 

2016 Awardees

Current Topic: Excellence in Water Management 

Guiteras School Stormwater Improvement Project 

Town of Bristol

Outstanding Comprehensive Plan

Cumberland Comprehensive Plan

Town of Cumberland

Outstanding Neighborhood Planning

Keeping History Above Water

Newport Restoration Foundation, Union Studio Architects, Building Conservation Associates

Outstanding Plan Implementation

Village Zone Housing Strategies

Town of Barrington

Outstanding Public Space Project

Casino Courtyard

Town of Narragansett 

Paul Davidoff Award

Geoff Marchant

For his decades of service to south county towns, particularly for his community development efforts and his advocacy for affordable housing opportunities in our smaller, more rural towns.

Student Award

Galilee, A Vision for a Resilient Port

University of Rhode Island (Landscape Architecture, Marine Affairs, Environmental Science)

Distinguished Leadership Award

Vincent Murray and Marilyn Shellman

For their decades of service to planning in Rhode Island, and their tireless efforts to make the communities they worked for the best possible places.

Presidents Awards

Rhode Island Foundation

For its dedication to funding innovative and equitable community-supporting projects.

Award Categories
and Submission Requirements