City of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte School of Architecture Present Inaugural Charlotte Urban Design Awards

The City of Charlotte Urban Design Center (UDC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Architecture are collaborating on the city’s first Urban Design Awards (Urbies), elevating the importance of excellent urban design.

The goal of the awards program is to recognize and celebrate quality urban design in Charlotte, while encouraging continued community discussion around what makes for unique and great places.

Award recipients will be chosen by a diverse, 10-member community jury:

· Tom Hanchett, History South

· Ike Heard, Heard Systems

· Tobe Holmes, University City Partners

· Grant Meacci, City of Charlotte

· Cheryl Myers, Charlotte Center City Partners

· Mary Newsom, Center for the Living City

· Beth Poovey, LandDesign

· Ely Portillo, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

· Deb Ryan, UNC Charlotte School of Architecture, Jury Chair

· Clayton Sealey, CLT Development

Award categories may include:

· Great Transit/Trail Oriented Development

· Great 10-Minute Neighborhoods

· Great Neighborhood Center

· Great Community Activity Center

· Great New Life for an Old Place

· Great Public Space

· Great Placemaking

· Great Street

· Great Street Redesign

· Great Street Action

· Great Urban Architecture

· Great Urban Design Champion

· Great Neighborhood Activism

· Great Student Project

· The Crown Jewel

An awards ceremony recognizing the inaugural Urbie winners will take place on Thursday, September 23, at 5:00 p.m. Awardees will receive a custom award designed by the City of Charlotte and fabricated by Making Things CLT.

The “Urbie”, custom award designed for the inaugural Charlotte Urban Design Awards. Image courtesy of Making Things CLT.

A public panel discussion about the awards recipients and their projects will take place on Friday, September 24, at 2:00 p.m. Registration for virtual or in person is encouraged.

Advances the quality of the built environment, creates public awareness, and communicates the importance of urban design in Charlotte, NC.