Urban Design and Planning

Welcome to a showcase of pioneering achievements in urban design and planning at the NY Architectural Design Awards.

The NY Urban Design and Planning Awards is a recognition to the visionary planning and design of our urban environments. This category focuses on the comprehensive approach to the development of public spaces, urban landscapes, and entire communities. It encompasses projects that range from master planning of cities to the thoughtful design of urban public areas, all contributing to the holistic development of urban areas.

We celebrate the urban planners, architects, and designers whose work significantly impacts how people interact with their environments in cities and towns. Join us in recognizing the creativity and strategic thinking of those who are redefining urban design and planning in making areas more liveable, sustainable, and vibrant.

Urban Design and Planning categories

UD24001. Climate Resilience and Adaptation
UD24002. Commercial and Mixed-Use Developments
UD24003. Green Spaces and Urban Gardens
UD24004. Historical and Cultural Preservation in Urban Context
UD24005. Infrastructure
UD24006. Master Planning and Large-Scale Development
UD24007. Pedestrian and Cyclist-Friendly Design
UD24008. Playgrounds & Recreational Spaces
UD24009. Public Art and Cultural Initiatives in Urban Design
UD24010. Public Space Design (Parks, Plazas)
UD24011. Residential Community Planning
UD24012. Smart City Technologies and Integration
UD24013. Sustainable and Eco-City Design
UD24014. Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
UD24015. Urban Housing Solutions
UD24016. Urban Regeneration and Redevelopment
UD24017. Waterfront and Coastal Development
UD24000. Urban Design and Planning / Other___

Deadlines & Fees

The NY Architectural Design Awards invites contributions from designers at all stages of their projects – whether in-progress, finalized, or purely conceptual. Winners are chosen based on the quality and materials of a single entry, not a collective portfolio, emphasizing the significance of each individual submission.

In the process of giving back to the contributions of proud designers, the award’s cost-effective entry fees offer all entrants with exceptional value for recognition at much lower fees. A $30 annual administrative fee is utilized for the first entry of each competition year, which covers expenses including printing, mailing, and data management. This ensures that the fees are kept consistent, bringing about greater value especially for those submitting multiple entries.

Entry Period
Early Bird
(May 15 - Jun 20, 2024)
(Jun 21 - Jul 17, 2024)
(Jul 18 - Aug 21, 2024)
Final Extension
(Aug 22 - Sep 18, 2024)
Professional Design
1st Entry
$199 $209 $229 $239
Professional Design
Additional Category*
$139 $149 $169 $179
Professional Design
Additional Entry
$199 $209 $229 $239
Student Design
1st Entry
$70 $80 $90 $100
Student Design
Additional Category*
$40 $50 $60 $70
Student Design
Additional Entry
$70 $80 $90 $100
Results Announcement: Nov 8, 2024

* You may submit an entry into multiple categories at the same time. The first Category will be charged as per the original submission fee. Additional categories (2 or more) will be charged as such.

Fees are non-refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant, or by the NY Architectural Design Awards for entrant's failure to comply with the entry rules) will NOT be refunded.

Work submitted must have been created after January 1, 2020.

Winner's Benefits

Benefits / Winning Level Design
of the Year
2024 Ava Statuette YES / /
Exclusive “Design of the Year” Certification YES / /
Seasonal Features on Winners Highlight Section YES / /
Listed in Official Winner Press Release YES / /
Priority Features on NY Architectural Design Awards e-Newsletter YES / /
Spotlighted Winner Article on Media Partner Site – Muse.World YES YES /
Dedicated Social Media Posts YES YES /
Access to Marketing & Promotional Materials YES YES YES
Exclusive Access to Winner’s Interview YES YES YES
Dedicated Winner’s Profile / Page YES YES YES
Eligible to Purchase Ava Statuette YES YES YES
Winner Certificate YES YES YES
Digital Winner Badge YES YES YES


Submit your entry online in FOUR easy steps:



Tap the "My Account" button to register your username and password. If you are already a member, tap "Log In."



Complete the short online entry form. Don't forget you can enter each work in more than one category.



Upload your entry* to the system.



Click “Checkout” to process your entry fees.

* File Limits; Up to 10 files in in JPEG/PNG and/or PDF can be uploaded per entry. For a smooth uploading process, please ensure images are formatted as JPEG/PNG, 1000px, and no larger than 4MB. Please save PDFs in "Screen View", limited to 6 pages per entry, or 4MB in size.

* Submissions should be as detailed as possible. For example, architectural submissions should include small-scale site plans for context, and images of all sides of the building and its environment. A complex of buildings should include a rendering. Restorations and remodels should include images of the site "before and after."

* Submissions can be entered as concepts, completed, or works in process. Completed projects may not be older than five years.

* Limit written descriptions of your project to 350 words or less.