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The Montgomery County Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award 2015

Presenting the 2015 Design Excellence Award Winners


Learn more about the First Annual Design Excellence Award and Citation Winners.

Silver Spring Civic Building Silver Spring Civic Building
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
Eleven55 Ripley Eleven55 Ripley
Headquarters of Ruppert Nurseries Headquarters of Ruppert Nurseries
Town of Somerset Pool Bath House Town of Somerset Pool Bath House

View a recap of the event

Celebrate Design Event

Hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department & the Potomac Valley Chapter of AIA

The winner of the Montgomery County Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award was announced at an award celebration on October 22, 2015 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event was combined with the annual awards celebration of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. 

The celebration brought together urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, builders, policymakers, elected officials, design professionals, artists and interested community members from across Montgomery County and the region. A ticketed event, the Awards Celebration was a professional and community networking opportunity. The event included displays of winning submissions, awards presentations and a catered reception.

One of the highlights of the evening was a presentation on the business benefits of design excellence by land use strategist Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company.

Christopher B. Leinberger

Chris Leinberger Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer,
researcher and author. He is the president of Washington, DC-based LOCUS Responsible Reals Estate Developers and Investors, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company.

His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. Leinberger writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel and the Washington Post, among others, have profiled him.

Leinberger was voted one of the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He won the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award from Partners for Livable Communities.


The jury will include accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design. View the jury bios here.

  • Ed Feiner, FAIA | Design Leadership Council Director, Perkins+Will, Washington, DC
  • Dhiru Thadani, FCNU | Architect and urbanist, Washington, DC
  • Michael Vergason, FASLA | Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Amy Weinstein, FAIA | Principal, Esocoff & Associates/Weinstein Studio, Washington, DC

About the Design Excellence Award

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Margaret K. Rifkin RLA AICP, Urban Designer
DesignX Initiative, Director’s Office


Date of last update: June 26, 2015