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Rudy Bruner Award Selction Committees

Selection Process

Rudy Bruner Award winners are selected by a committee comprised of six urban experts, including a US mayor and prior award winner. The Committee meets twice: first in late January/early February to select five finalists and again in late May/early June to determine the medalists. Between the meetings, a Bruner Foundation team visits each finalist, spending two to three days touring the site, taking photographs, and interviewing people involved in the project. Findings are shared with the selection committee to inform their discussion and determination of the medalists, and later incorporated into winner case studies published by the foundation.

A new selection committee is assembled for each award cycle. Read on to learn more about past award selection committee members:


Selection Committees

NOTE: Titles apply at time of service.


Mark Stodola, Mayor
Little Rock, AK

Rebecca L. Flora, Sustainable Communities Practice Leader
Ecology & Environment, Inc.
Chestertown, MD

Larry Kearns, Principal
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, IL

India Pierce Lee, Program Director
Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Mia Lehrer, President
Mia Lehrer + Associates,
Los Angeles, CA

James Stockard, Lecturer in Housing
Harvard Graduate School of Design,
Cambridge, MA


Mick Cornett, Mayor
Oklahoma City, OK

Ann Coulter, Principal
A. Coulter Counsulting
Chattanooga, TN

Walter Hood, Principal
Hood Design
Oakland, CA

Cathy Simon, Design Principal
Perkins+Will, San Francisco, CA

Susan S. Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief
New York, NY

Jane Werner, Executive Director
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA


Randy Gragg, Editor-in-Chief
Portland Monthly Portland, OR

Dan Pitera, Executive Director
Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Detroit, MI

Renata Simril, Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle
Los Angeles, CA

Edward K. Uhlir, Executive Director
Millennium Park, Inc., Chicago, IL
Uhlir Consulting LLC, Chicago, IL

Lisa Wong, Mayor
Fitchburg, MA

Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director
Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use,
Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC


David Cicilline, Mayor
Providence, RI

Michael Dobbins,
Professor of Practice, Department of Architecture, City and Regional Planning
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Mary Houghton, President and Co-founder
Shore Bank
Chicago, IL

Grace La, Principal
La Dallman Architects, Milwaukee, WI
Associate Professor of Architecture,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI

Jair Lynch, President , CEO
JAIR LYNCH Development Partners,
Washington, D.C.

Martha Welborne, FAIA
Managing Director, Grand Avenue Committee,
Los Angeles, CA


Manny Diaz, Mayor
Miami, FL

Reese Fayde, CEO
Living Cities: National Community Development Initiative
New York, NY

Reed Kroloff, Dean of Architecture
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

David Perry, CEO
Great Cities Institute
Chicago, IL

Josephine Ramirez, Director of Planning
The Music Center
Los Angeles, CA

Robert Kroin, Chief Architect
Boston Redevelopment Authority


Andrew Altman, CEO
Anacostia Waterfront Corporation
Washington, DC

Leland Cott, FAIA, Founding Partner
Bruner/Cott & Associates, Architects + Planners
Cambridge, MA
Adjunct Professor of Urban Design
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA

Maurice Cox, Asst. Professor of Architecture
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
City Councillor
Charlottesville, VA
Founding Partner
RBGC Architecture, Research + Urbanism
Charlottesville, VA

Christopher B. Leinberger, Founding Partner
Arcadia Land Company
Albuquerque, NM
Managing Partner
Robert Charles Lesser & Co.
Washington, D.C.

Louise Manuel, Sr. Project Manager
Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Los Angeles, CA

Dee Walsh, Executive Director
REACH Community Development Corp.
Portland, OR


Alicia Mazur Berg, Commissioner of Planning and Development
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Kofi S. Bonner, Executive Vice President
Business Operations & Chief Administrative Officer
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland, OH

Gary Hack, Dean
Graduate School of Fine Arts
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Thomas M. Menino, Mayor
Boston, MA

Maurice Lim Miller
The Family Independence Initiative
Oakland, CA

Gail L. Thompson, Project Director
Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami
Miami, FL


Craig Evan Barton
Dept. of Architecture
University of Virginia
Founding Principal, RBGC Associates

John F. Bok, Esq.
Foley, Hoag and Eliot, LLP
Boston, MA

Rosanne Haggerty, Executive Director
Common Ground Community HDFC Inc.
New York, NY

Allan B. Jacobs
Dept. of City and Regional Planning
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Gail R. Shibley, Asst. Secretary for Public Affairs
United States Department of Labor
Washington, DC

Hon. Wellington E. Webb, Mayor
City and County of Denver, CO


Curtis Davis, AIA, Senior Investment Officer and Director
of Construction Management
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Boston, MA

Lawrence P. Goldman, President and CEO
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
Newark, NJ

Min Kantrowitz, AICP, M. Arch, President
Min Kantrowitz & Associates
Albuquerque, NM

Rick Lowe, Founding Director
Project Row Houses
Houston TX

Frieda Molina
Manpower Development Resources Corp. (MDRC)
San Francisco, CA

Hon. Tom Murphy, Mayor
Pittsburgh, PA


Robert Curvin, Vice President for Communications
Ford Foundation
New York, NY

Roberta Feldman, Ph.D., Co-Director
City Design Center, University of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Susan Rice, Sr. Vice President
Fleet Bank
New York, NY

Hon. Kurt L. Schmoke, Mayor
Baltimore, MD

Robert M. Weinberg, President
Market Place Development
Boston, MA


F. Barton Harvey III, President & CEO
The Enterprise Foundation
Columbia, MD

Msgr. William Linder, Executive Director
New Community Corporation
Newark, NJ

Hon. Norman B. Rice, Mayor
Seattle, WA

Susan Saegert, Professor of Environmental Psychology
Graduate School of the City University of New York
New York, NY

Sharon Sutton, FAIA, Professor of Architecture
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Alexander Tzonis, Professor of Architecture
Technical University of Delft
Delft, Netherlands


Sara Bode, President
Honey Tree Learning Center
Chicago, IL
former Mayor
Oak Park, IL

Denise Fairchild, Director
Local Initiative Support Corporation
Washington DC

Harvey Gantt, FAIA
Architect and Urban Designer
former Mayor
Charlotte, NC

Ed McNamara, Director
Neighborhood Partnership Fund
Portland, OR

Frank Sanchis, Vice President
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington D.C.

Robert Sommer, Ph.D., Prof. of Psychology/Director
Center of Consumer Research
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA


Gwendolyn Clemons, Director of Planning & Development
Cook County
Chicago, IL

Lawrence Halprin
Lawrence Halprin Studio
San Francisco, CA

Tony Hiss
The New Yorker
New York, NY

Joseph McNeely, President
The Development Training Institute
Baltimore, MD

Adele Naude Santos
Adele Naude Santos Architects
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Vincent Schoemehl, Mayor
St. Louis, MO


Mary Decker
First National Bank of Chicago
Chicago, IL

George E. Hartman, Jr.
Hartman-Cox Architects
Washington, D.C.

David Lawrence, Sr. Vice President
Gerald Hines Interests
New York, NY

Hon. Joseph Riley, Mayor
Charleston, SC

Anna Whinston Spirn
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Aaron Zaretsky, Director
Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation
Asheville, NC


Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Vernon George, President
Hammer, Silver & George Associates
Washington, D.C.

Cressworth Lander, Director
Department of Human and Community Development
Tucson, AZ

Hon. George Latimer, Mayor
St. Paul, MN

Theodore Liebman
Liebman Melting Partnership
New York

William Whyte
American Conservation Association
New York, NY








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