American Planning Association, Rhode Island Chapter Announces 2015 Award Winners

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association(APA RI) recognized ten individuals and projects for their outstanding contributions to planning at its annual awards celebration on December 10 at Slater Mill in Pawtucket.


The APA RI Awards Program celebrates recent planning success stories and those who make a difference in the planning profession in Rhode Island. Each fall, APA RI invites nominations of outstanding projects, plans, student projects, and individual leaders, to honor the great work done that year to strengthen Rhode Island’s communities and advance urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning in the state. Across all of the award categories, APA RI seeks to recognize people and projects that embody innovation, comprehensiveness, collaboration, transferability to other communities, and a commitment to implementation.


“We were so pleased by the wealth of knowledge, innovation, and commitment to local communities demonstrated by all of this year’s nominations,” said Nancy Letendre, outgoing Chapter President of APA RI. “There is no question that Rhode Island is a better place today because of the planning projects and dedicated individuals awarded this year.”


This year’s awardees were:


Current Topic: Excellence in Community Engagement
Art Bridges Pawtucket
City of Pawtucket


Outstanding Comprehensive Plan
Town of Barrington


Outstanding Neighborhood Planning
South Kingstown Village Study - Matunuck and West Kingston
Town of South Kingstown Planning Board


Outstanding Plan Implementation
Healthy Places by Design Plan
South Kingstown Bike-Walk Subcommittee and
Citizens of South Kingstown Committed to Health through Strategic Action


Outstanding Public Space Project
Festival Pier Redevelopment
City of Pawtucket


Journalism & Media Award
Ambar Espinoza, Rhode Island Public Radio


Paul Davidoff Award (for projects thathelped to transform a distressed neighborhood)
Blackstone Valley Gateways II
Pawtucket Central Falls Development


Student Award
South Kingstown High School Courtyard: Master Plan
Students of SKHS Green Team and Tupelo Gardenworks Ltd.


Distinguished Leadership Award
Scott Millar


Presidents Awards (for a member who has contributed to the development and objectives of APA RI)
Michael DeLuca, AICP


For more information about the APA RI Awards Program, visit