2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Student Design Competition Preview


The full competition packet (with rules and regulations) will be emailed to all who sign up by Wednesday, September 30, 2019.

Full Competition Packet Release: August 1. 2019
Entries Due By: November 22, 2019 @ 11:59PM EDT
Awards Ceremony: February 2020 in Philidelphia

THE EDMUND N. BACON URBAN DESIGN AWARDS STUDENT COMPETITION was founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005]. This annual competition, with a $5,000 first prize, challenges university-level students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe. The competition is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee of the Center for Architecture and Design.


  • WHO: This student competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in any field of study who will be matriculating during the fall semester coinciding with the competition. Recent graduates are not eligible to participate unless they will be matriculating at a college or university during the fall semester coinciding with the competition. The most successful entries tend to come from diverse teams which include individuals from a variety of fields: architecture, urban planning, design (industrial, graphic, etc.), landscape architecture, public health, economic development, environmental science, real estate law, business, or other fields which might bring innovative ideas to your proposal.
  • HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Sign up to receive updates about the competition and awards ceremony. When the competition launches, a link to the Full Competition Packet will be emailed to all who have signed up – and will also be available via a link at the top of this page. Entries can be submitted via an online webform at any time before the submission deadline. The submission link will be included in the Full Competition Packet.
  • COST: a $25 per-entry fee is charged at the time of submission.