National Urban Design Awards 2017

Winners of the UK 2017 National Urban Design Awards announced at the Awards ceremony on 2 March 2017 in central London

The Urban Design Group is delighted to announce the six winners of the 2017 National Urban Design Awards, as follows:

Practice Award: Node, for collaborative design of a Knowledge Hub in Birmingham
Public sector Award: Croydon Borough Council, for Connected Croydon

Student Award: Brian Yuen, Douglas Lee, Cassie Tang, Wilson Wong, from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, for Charlton Riverside Masterplan

Book Award: Ruby Press for ‘Housing Cairo: The Informal Response’, Editors Marc Angelil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, in collaboration with Something fantastic and CLUSTER

Outstanding Contribution: Alan Baxter, founder of Alan Baxter Associates, for pioneering work in people focussed design, including street design in Poundbury which created a practical precedent for others to follow, and iin the encouragement of multi-disciplinary working both in the practice and in the shared workspace at 70 Cowcross Street that has become a hub for built environment practices and voluntary organisations.

Lifetime Achievement: Tim Pharoah, for his modest approach and persistent commitment, both as a town planner and transport planner, to the primacy of the pedestrian over vehicle movement and thus ensuring the important components of quality of life in the built environment are regarded.

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 National Urban Design Awards




2016 National Urban Design Awards - held 9th March 2016

2015 Awards

The winners and finalists from the 2015 Awards can be viewed here.

About the Awards

The National Urban Design Awards were established in 2007 by UDG founder member and fellow John Billingham with the objective of giving more recognition to urban design work, particularly at project stage. Generous support and a prize of £1000 was offered by the Francis Tibbalds Trust for the winner and the first practice project award was presented to Urban Practitioners at a low-key event in The Gallery at Cowcross Street in September 2008. 

Since these tentative beginnings the awards have gone from strength to strength under John Billingham's guidance, with the addition of new categories and an immense increase in scale, profile and ambition. The UDG now runs an annual awards cycle which includes practice, public sector, student and book awards - plus lifetime achievement - and culminates each March with a special presentation event at a prestigious London venue, attracting a broad audience of built environment professionals, decision-makers and opinion-formers.

In 2013 the UDG welcomed Noha Nasser as the new chair of the Urban Design Awards Working Group, taking over from John Billingham, and a new developer award was introduced alongside the other long-standing categories. The UDG looks forward to more exciting new developments with the awards leading up to the next event in spring 2016.

However with the continued support of the Francis Tibbalds Trust we remain true to our goals of celebrating the very best in urban design practice and encouraging collaboration, innovation and the sharing of ideas.

Previous winners:

UDG Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Bill Hillier

2015 Sir Terry Farrell

2014 Prof John Punter

2013 Kelvin Campbell

2012 The Responsive Environments Team (Sue McGlynn, Graham Smith, Alan Alcock, Paul Murrain & Ian Bentley)

2011 Prof Christopher Alexander

Practice Award


Baca, Eiland veur Lent, Nijmegen, Netherlands

IBI, Barnsley Town Centre



URBED, Trent Basin, Nottingham

Issue 132, pp. 48-49


Urban Initiatives Studio, Middlehaven Development Framework

Issue 128, pp.40-41


Allies & Morrison, District//S, Lebanon

Issue 124, pp.34-35


URBED, Brentford Lock West

Studio REAL, Moat Lane Towcester

Issue 120, pp.44-48


Atkins, Oxford Circus Improvements 

Issue 116, p.34


Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, Dunsfold Park 

Issue 110, p.38


Urban Initiatives, Scotswood Expo, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Issue 106, p.38

Public Sector Award


Stockton Borough Council, Stockton High Street Regeneration



Birmingham City Council, Birmingham MunicipalHousing Trust

Issue 133, pp.40-41


Bristol City Council, Know Your Place

Issue 129, pp. 40-41


City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, City Park

Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), SPUD 5x5: Youth Voices in South Hampshire

Issue 125, pp.42-45


Exeter City Council, Design Guidance for Residential  Development

Issue 121, p.38


North West Leicestershire DC, OURPLACETM

Issue 117, p.42

Book Award (known as the Publisher Award, 2010-2013)

2016 Lars Muller Publishers

Young – Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society by Deane Simpson:



W W Norton & Company

Smart Cities: Big data, civic hackers, and
the quest for a new utopia

Anthony M. Townsend

Issue 133, p.49



Masterplanning Future

Lucy Bullivant

Issue 128, p.47



The Temporary City

Peter Bishop & Lesley Williams

Issue 124, pp. 46-47



Ashgate Publishers

Learning from Delhi

Mitchell, Patwari & Bo Tang

Issue 120, p.49


Entries for the 2017 Awards are closed


Entry fee





9 September 2016




30 September 2016


Public Sector


9 September

None- but 1 year’s free subscription to UDG for all new entrants