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Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA)

Awards to USA Organizations and Individuals to
Recognize Innovations in Architecture in Urban Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bruner Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/12/18 Midnight EST


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Awards of $10,000 and $50,000 to USA organizations and individuals to recognize innovative architectural designs that contribute to the quality of urban life in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Oakland, CA). The purpose of this award program is to support innovative ideas within the built environment and urban development.

The winning project teams may use prize money in any way they choose to benefit the project. All winners are promoted by the Bruner Foundation and are included in case studies published by the Foundation at the end of each award cycle.

All winners will be featured in award ceremonies, and a media outreach effort. Winners may be featured in future Bruner-Loeb Forums.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169245

Number of Grants:

One Gold Medal and four Silver Medals are awarded each biennial.

Estimated Size of Grant:

One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be initiated by any person who has been involved in the planning, development or operation of a project.

The project must be a real place, not just a plan or program.

Since site visits are integral to the award process, the project must have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success.

The project must be located in the contiguous United States. It is not feasible to conduct site visits in Alaska or Hawaii.

There are no distinct categories. Projects may include any type of place that makes a positive contribution to the urban built environment.

Urban environment is broadly defined to include cities, towns, villages, neighborhoods, counties and/or regions.

Previous applicants and Honorable Mention winners may apply up to three times. Previous winners are not eligible.

Applicants from Oakland, CA are not eligible to submit this year.

Pre-Application Information:

Guidelines and Application Instructions:



- Submissions will be due by midnight EST on December 12, 2018.
- Five finalists will be notified by Monday, February 11, 2019.
- Site visits to finalists will take place February-May 2019.
- The Gold and Silver Medal Winners will be selected and notified on June 24, 2019.
- Presentations of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence will be made in Fall 2019.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California: All areas except Oakland;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming