Excellence exists in every city. The Rudy Bruner Award is a search for examples of this often overlooked excellence, and a celebration of their contribution to the richness and diversity of the urban experience.
The Rudy Bruner Award seeks to illuminate the complex process of urban placemaking so that it may be strengthened to better reflect the balance between form and use, opportunity and cost, preservation and change.
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a program of the Bruner Foundation, is a biennial award that celebrates urban places distinguished by quality design and their social, economic and contextual contributions to the urban environment. Founded by Cambridge, Massachusetts architect Simeon Bruner in 1987, the award seeks projects that offer creative placemaking solutions that showcase innovative thinking about American cities.
A Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 are awarded in each cycle. Projects must be an actual place, not just a plan or a program, and be in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits their projects. Each winner is documented with a detailed case study incorporated in a book published by the Bruner Foundation.
Award winners reflect a diversity of project types, scales and innovation. 2013 winners included Gold Medalist Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park in Chicago and Silver Medalists Congo Street Initiative in Dallas, Louisville Waterfront Park, the Steel Yard in Providence and Via Verde in the Bronx.
A new selection committee is assembled for each award cycle and includes a city mayor, planning and development professionals, design advocates, and a previous award winner. The 2013 selection committee included Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, planner Ann Coulter, landscape architect Walter Hood, Perkins + Will design principal Cathy Simon, Metropolis editor-in-chief Suzan Szenasy, and Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the 2007 Rudy Bruner Award Gold Medal winner.
Rudy Bruner Award case studies are available to anyone interested in cities and urban placemaking and can be viewed on the Foundation’s website. The Bruner Foundation also partners with the Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship to host Bruner-Loeb Forums. These interactive events bring together talent from the two programs to promote national dialogue abo
One $50,000 Gold Medal and four $10,000 Silver Medal for urban excellence.