Missouri APA Chapter Awards

Each year, the MO-APA endeavors to review, select and honor outstanding overall plans, best practices, and ongoing implementation efforts from throughout Missouri at our annual state-wide conference.  The awards fall into the following categories: 

OUTSTANDING PLAN – For a plan that advances the science and art of planning.

OUTSTANDING IMPLEMENTATION – Recognizing an effort that demonstrates a significant achievement in accomplishing positive changes as a result of planning. This award emphasizes long-term, measurable results.

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC OUTREACH, PROGRAM, PROJECT, TOOL, COMMUNITY INITIATIVE – This award is for a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, community initiative or public outreach. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT PROJECT - This award recognizes a student or group of students in a Missouri planning program for an outstanding paper or class project that demonstrates the contribution of planning to contemporary issues; best applies the planning process; or applied planning research. The project is primarily the work of the student(s), with limited faculty member guidance.

2015 Missouri APA Awards

2015 Outstanding Plan
Mexico Missouri Comprehensive Plan
City of Mexico, Missouri, Olsson Associates, Zimmer Real Estate Services
The Mexico, Missouri Comprehensive Plan is a document that gives anyone who reads it a thorough understanding and appreciation of what Mexico was, is, and aspires to be.  The Plan incorporates a significant amount of illustrative product so that the “words and pictures” communicate concepts and are easily understood to anyone who reviews the document.  This was not a plan created to gather dust, but spells out implementation very clearly.

2015 Original & Innovative Plan
Flint Hills Frontiers Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
Flint Hills Regional Council, BNIM, LEAMgroup, Biomimicry 3.8, Innative
The Flint Hills Frontiers Regional Plan for Sustainable Development covers 19 counties in Kansas and Oklahoma.  The Plan intends to conserve the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie ecoregion, while leveraging the unique landscape to increase vitality of communities within the Flint Hills. This Plan was written in a way that drew the awards jury in as readers to want to protect the area.

2015 Outstanding Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Initiative Award
Planning Sustainable Places Program
Mid-America Regional Council
As the channel through which many federal dollars are distributed, MARC introduced a new approach to funding projects with the Planning Sustainable Places Program. Rather than funding isolated projects based on varying concepts, the PSP articulated a vision for the region and then funds projects at the local level, with local support.  

2015 Outstanding Student Project
Global Urbanism[s]:  Public Life Survey, Johannesburg South Africa
Washington University in Saint Louis, Sam Fox School of Visual Arts & Design
Inequality and economic segregation are major issues within the United  States. The Global Urbanism[s] Project looked at how South Africa approached the topic of inclusivity in the built form.  Building on the direction of the City of Johannesburg, the studio embarked on developing and implementing a Public Life Survey in Brammfontein.