Urban Design Commission

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Awards of Excellence 

Through its annual “Awards of Excellence,” the Atlanta Urban Design Commission honors those projects, programs, individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed toward the enhancement of the City of Atlanta’s built environment, the preservation of our physical heritage and the sympathetic balance between the old and the new.

Community Design Awards
In addition to the Awards of Excellence, the City wants to recognize the buildings, public spaces, events, art, organizations, etc. that make your community a better place to live. Anyone can submit a nomination and there is no cost involved.

Voting for the Community Design Awards will be done at the regularly scheduled Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) meetings. There will also be opportunities to vote online, at Atlanta City Hall and at the Atlanta City Studio. While all nominations will be recognized, there will only be one award per NPU.

Meetings & Agendas   


    Property & District Information

 Access Current Proposed Agendas and Staff Reports HERE 

Commission Members

Fredalyn Frasier, Chair - Urban Planner
Julie Seller, Vice Chair - Attorney
Julie Brow - Real Estate Professional
Johnny Edwards - Architect
Andrew Kohr, Chair - Landscape Architect
Garfield Peart - Architect
Robert Reed - Land Developer

Commission Functions

  • The Commission nominates and regulates buildings and districts which are designated as Historic Buildings or Sites, Landmark Buildings or Sites, Conservation Districts, Historic Districts, or Landmark Districts.

  • The Commission reviews and comments on projects that involve City of Atlanta property, rights-of-way, or parks.

  • The Commission reviews and comments on the capital expenditures by other public agencies or authorities that are required to submit plans for review by the City of Atlanta.

  • The Commission reviews and comments to the Zoning Review Board and Board of Zoning Adjustment on any proposed action pending before those boards regarding any building, site or districts that has been designated under the City's historic preservation ordinance.

  • The Commission provides technical assistance and public information to property owners, residents, and others interested in historic preservation, the City of Atlanta's history, the historic resources within the City of Atlanta, or other related subjects.

Commission Operations

The Atlanta Urban Design Commission was established in 1975 by a City of Atlanta ordinance.

Since the City's current Historic Preservation Ordinance was enacted in 1989, over 60 individual properties and 18 districts have been brought under its protection.

Any time that work on the exterior of such a designated property is proposed, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained from the Commission, as well asthe normal building permit. It is the intent of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance that any changes which occur to a designated property be in keeping with the historic character of the building or district.

The Urban Design Commission consists of a Staff of five (5) and a Board of 11 members who are all residents of the City of Atlanta. The members of the Commission are volunteers and are appointed to serve three-year terms by the Mayor, City Council, and Council President. According to City ordinance, the Commission membership includes two architects, as well as a landscape architect, lawyer, land developer, real estate professional, historic preservationist, artist, historian, neighborhood representative, and urban planner. Seven members of the board constitute a quorum for conducting its business.

Public Meetings

The Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW. The public is welcome to attend and is given the opportunity to speak in support of or in opposition to items on the agenda.

The Commission's Rules of Procedure govern the operations of the Commission and how it conducts its public meetings. 

Individual Buildings/Sites Currently Designated by the City of Atlanta

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Individual Buildings/Sites  and Districts Currently Designated by the City of Atlanta
(Landmark, Historic, and Conservation)


Contact Info
Office of Design -
Historic Preservation
55 Trinity Avenue
Suite 3350
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tel: 404.330.6145
Fax: 404.658.7491

Doug Young
Assistant Director
Historic Preservation
Executive Director, AUDC


Patrick Sullivan
Urban Planner III

Matt Adams
Urban Planner, II mdadams@atlantaga.gov

Susan Coleman
Urban Planner, I




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