Paul Crawford Award

Each year, the California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism presents the Paul Crawford Award to an outstanding member who has made considerable contributions to the advancement of the principles of the New Urbanism. The award was created in honor of the late planning director of San Luis Obispo, professor at Cal State San Luis Obispo, and nationally recognized coding expert, and Mr. Paul Crawford.


Recipients

2016: Ms. Lisa Wise, AICP - California Paul Crawford Award

On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulate Ms. Lisa Wise on being awarded our 2017 CNU-California Paul Crawford Award. We truly admire her dedication and results in making better places for the citizens of California. This award is intended to annually honor a California New Urbanist as distinguished as Mr. Paul Crawford who successfully fought the spread of placeless sprawl and restore our cities and towns.

Lisa Wise, AICP, is a CPA and planner with almost 25 years of professional experience in land use planning, housing policy, development codes, and finance. Lisa speaks regularly at state and national conferences and is considered an expert on comprehensive planning solutions, the economics of land use planning, and zoning ordinances and development codes. Currently, Lisa is chairman of the Form-Based Code Institute and President and co-founder of Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. since 2006. Lisa was the Project Director on several comprehensive and award-winning, long-range visioning and strategic planning projects throughout California. Lisa graduated from the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 2001. She resides is San Louis Obispo where she currently teaches at California Polytechnic State University as adjunct faculty in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

We appreciate and are honoring Lisa for her long-standing leadership in enabling great places, for her work to revitalize our cities and build California towards a more sustainable future, and for continuing the important work of her mentor, Mr. Paul Crawford.

 

2016: Mr. Dao Minh Doan, R.A - California Champion Award

 On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulation Mr. Dao Doan on being awarded our 2016 CNU - California Champion Award. We truly admire his dedication to his craft and for his selfless support of our CNU – California Chapter. This award honors Mr. Doan’s volunteer work and giving of his time and expertise to the cities of Livingston, Newport Beach, and Oxnard. We appreciate his work to date and look forward to his leadership of the New Urbanism into the 21st century.

Mr. Doan is tremendously passionate in reviving California’s towns and cities and most notably in Ventura, Oxnard and the Central Coast. As a Senior Principal of Main Street Architects + Planners, Inc., he led the firm's urban design and architectural efforts. In addition, it is his outstanding leadership of our CNU – California Annual By-Design Charrettes that is being applauded with this award.

 

2016: City of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin - California Agency Award

 On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulate Mayor Ashley Swearengin on winning our 2016 CNU - California Agency Award. We truly admire her dedication and results in making better places, policies, and plans for the citizens of Fresno. This award honors Ms. Swearengin’s pragmatic land use and economic leadership and we look forward to what she will accomplish leading California into the 21st century.

 Selected Mayor of Fresno in 2008, Ashley Swearengin is a dynamic leader whose focus on building coalitions of experienced and capable experts to solve problems in honest and thoughtful ways. We admire her efforts to bring new life, transit and walkability to downtown and beyond. With this award, we applaud her outstanding Restore Fresno initiatives and leadership to update the city’s General Plan and citywide Development Code via an innovative Implementation & Infill Development Task Force, as well as her efforts to build upon the downtown Specific Plan, introduce Bus Rapid Transit, and her Strong Cities, Strong Communities program.

 Mayor Swearengin was named one of California’s top 10 mayors by Capitol Weekly, a Sacramento-based publication covering California government and politics and was identified by the Brookings Institution as a member of the “Pragmatic Caucus.” She is a board member of the California League of Cities, chair of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, and at the national level, Mayor Swearengin serves on the leadership team of the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a member of its Executive Committee.

 

2016: Mr. Neal I. Payton, FAIA, LEED-AP, CNU-A - California Paul Crawford Award

 On behalf of the Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter, we wish to congratulation Mr. Neal Payton on being awarded our 2016 CNU - California Paul Crawford Award. We truly admire his dedication and results in making better places for the citizens of California. This award honors Mr. Payton’s meaningful work in Los Angeles and beyond and we look forward to what he will accomplish leading the New Urbanism into the 21st century.

Neal Payton is a pioneer in the efforts to reconnect once isolated and stigmatized public housing projects into communities of choice. He established and directed Torti Gallas and Partners Los Angeles office in 2005, and leads the firm's urban and architectural design efforts in the western United States and China. His outstanding results on Santa Monica’s Downtown Specific Plan, and the New Wyvernwood, Boyle Heights Mixed-Use Community, a 2012 CNU-Charter award winner, are applauded. Before arriving in California, Mr. Payton led Urban Design efforts in the Washington, DC area and his projects have been honored nationally with multiple American Institute of Architects Honor Awards and Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

 His leadership in Los Angeles has resulted in the enabling of Form-Based Codes, the building of needed infill housing projects, transit-oriented developments, revitalization of beautiful downtowns, and innovation in urban design techniques that build a more sustainable future. Plus, we appreciate his leadership on the New Urbanism Film Festival’s Board of Directors. Mr. Payton was unanimously selected by the CNU - California board of directors due to his dedication, leadership and commitment to the principals outlined in the Charter for the New Urbanism and the promise that is California.

 

2015: Jeffrey Tumlin

The 2015 award will be presented to Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy for Nelson Nygaard, for his admirable and inspirational dedication to making better places for the citizens of California. “This award is intended to honor Jeff ’s commitment to sustainable urbanism,” said Howard Blackson, Chair of CNU California Chapter. “We look forward to what he will accomplish leading transportation planning into the 21st century.”

For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities through out the world. His work in California is renown for balancing all modes of transportation in complex places. His transformative plans have accommodated for millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. He has assisted Californians in understanding that managing parking and transportation demand is a critical tool for revitalizing city centers and creating sustainable places.

A dynamic and frequent guest speaker, Jeff is the author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).

Mr Tumlin will be presented with the Paul Crawford at the New Urbanism Film Festival on Saturday October 10th at 8pm, preceding a line up of short films on Urban Design.  Tumlin will also be leading a workshop discussion for CNU members at the New Urbanism Film Festival from 1-4 on Saturday October 10th. 

In the mean time, you can watch Tumlin’s presentation at TEDx Sacramento.


2014:  Rick Cole

The Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter would like to congratulation Mr. Rick Cole on being awarded our 2014 CNU California Paul Crawford Award. We truly admire his dedication and results in making better places for the citizens of California as this award is intended to honor his work and we look forward to what he will accomplish leading Los Angeles into the 21st century.

Rick Cole, City ofLos Angeles Deputy Mayorfor Budget and Innovation, is being recognized by our Chapter for his extraordinary achievements and outstanding leadership in the cities of Asuza,Pasadena,Ventura, and nowLos Angeles. His administrative and political leadership has resulted in the enabling of Form-Based Codes at the policy and regulatory level, the building world-class Transit-Oriented Development projects, revitalization of beautiful downtowns, and innovation in city building techniques that build a more sustainable future. Mr. Cole was unanimously selected by the CNU California board of directors due to his leadership and commitment to the principals outlined in the Charter for the New Urbanism and the promise that isCalifornia. Mr. Cole’s selection follows our inaugural CNU California Paul Crawford Award winners, Stefanos Polyzoides and Elizabeth Moule. 

The award was presented on November 8th, 2014, at the New Urban Film Fest held at the ACME Theater inHollywood.

 

2013:  Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides

The Inaugural 2013 Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter Paul Crawford Award recipients are Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides, partners at Moule Polyzoides Architects & Urbanist. Recognized for their extraordinary achievements as Co-Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, outstanding leadership in crafting Form-Based Codes, Transit-Oriented Development projects, and innovation in techniques that build sustainable places. Elizabeth and Stefanos were unanimously selected by the CNU-CA board of directors due to their leadership and commitment to the principles outlined in the Charter for the New Urbanism and the promise that is California.