SMART Ideas Urban Design Competition


Honor Award
Pathways to a Sustainable Future-Richard Price, AIA and Will Grimm, Planner/Architect, LEED AP

Merit Award
Refarming Suburbia - Design, Community & Environment (DCE) Planning - Team: Bill Bogenschutz, Bruce Brubaker, LEED AP, Agnes Chan, LEED AP, Melissa Erikson, ASLA, LEED AP, Mike Ernst, LEED AP, Isby Fleischmann, LEED AP, Yiu Kam, Charlie Loy, Kurt Massey, LEED AP, Sophie Mintier, LEED AP, Kevin Waldron

– Bob Theis, Architect, and Barbara Baiardi – Micro-Infill Urbanism
– Paul Harris, Architect, and Jack Lee, Artist – Bridgeway
– Michael Woods, AIA, LEED AP– Urban Design Plan with Live Work Units


The purpose is to take a big picture look at the urban design of NW Santa Rosa to see what options there are for retrofitting suburbia in that area as the SMART train system is developed and becomes operational.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country California, United States
RegDeadline 1 February 2010 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
8 February 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All


NW Santa Rosa developed in pieces according to sales of large farm tracts for key institutions, then filled in with a variety of uses, but without a planning vision for what the area could become. When the general plan was written in the early 1990's and a zoning map developed, the map primarily followed the existing uses, without much planning thought. Now there are some major employers, services, and institutions in the area, and they are growing. There is a highway right down the middle and there is a commuter train coming. How do we retrofit this interesting suburban puzzle, with parcels under multiple ownerships, to create a more walkable and livable community? Out of the box thinking is encouraged.

Ellen Dunham-Jones (AIA, author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs)
RK Stewart (FAIA, 2007 President of AIA National Associate Principal, Perkins and Will)
David Baker (FAIA, Award Winning Designer of Multi-Family Principal, David Baker + Partners)

Cash prizes (not yet announced in detail) and exhibition and pulication

Entry Fee
By January 15: Students: $50 USD, Academics/Professionals: $100 USD
By February 1: Students: $75 USD, Academics/Professionals: $150 USD

A maximum 2 30”x42” PDF panels

Jury meeting and decision: 12 February 201
Community Presentation: 13 February 2010
eBook available: 30 February 2010

American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire, and Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy

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