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The City of Atlanta is always striving to improve its buildings, places, and neighborhoods. One way to do that is to recognize the projects, programs, and people who are making that happen. The Design Awards are an opportunity for the public to nominate a project, place, program or person that is making Atlanta a better place to live, work or play.

Within the Atlanta Urban Design Commission's annual Design Awards, there are two types of awards that the public can submit nominations for: the Awards of Excellence and the Community Design Awards.

  • The Awards of Excellence are physical projects, programs, and sometimes people located in the city of Atlanta that have improved the city’s physical character. There are several submission categories for the Awards of Excellence.
  • The Community Design Awards are projects, programs, or people who have worked to make the city or a  neighborhood a better place to live. While there are no specific categories to submit for, there are ideas for nominations listed in the program booklet. From the nominations submitted to the Office of Design, the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) will vote to determine which one is their Community Design Award winner.

2020 nominations are now being accepted!

Please see details on the program and submission instructions in the following program booklet. 

2020 Design Awards Nomination Brochure 
Click here to apply online

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