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APA Student Design Competition

Entry form deadline: January 13

Co-sponsored by the Urban Design and Preservation Division, Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, the annual Student Design Competition creates opportunities for interdisciplinary student collaboration while advancing a current Divisions Council initiative. Competition finalists are awarded $4,500 in combined prize money.

Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) Urban Design and Preservation Division, Divisions Council, and Student Representatives Council, APA presents the Annual Student Design Competition as part of the 2023 National Planning Conference (NPC2023) in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its sixth year, the competition invites teams of students pursuing graduate degrees in planning to participate. New this year is the competition's focus on a community issue in the NPC host city. The attention to student design in these real-life spaces continues APA's ongoing effort to provide leadership in the development of vital communities. By advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, APA hopes to provide the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

This year's competition challenges students to create planning and design proposals that demonstrate a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach to promoting public health, equitable access to nature, inclusive design, and high-quality, affordable housing options for the Logan Triangle area, one of Philadelphia's largest concentrations of vacant land located in the city's Upper North District.

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