Driehaus Award: Call For Submissions

Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award 2015

Sponsored by FBCI with the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust

The Board of Directors of the Form-Based Codes Institute is pleased to announce its eighth annual award for achievement in the writing and implementation of form-based codes. Form-based codes are a method of regulating development to achieve specific urban form. They create a predictable public realm primarily by controlling physical form and secondarily by land use. Entries must be adopted into law by a unit of local government. Codes recently adopted as well as codes adopted in prior years are welcome. Entries should be codes intended to foster built results consistent with a master plan. The Award Jury’s considerations will include, but not be limited to, the following considerations:

  • Will the code deliver a predictable street character (public space)?
  • Is the code implementable and will it be relatively easy to use?
  • Does the code have especially relevant and distinguishing features that advance the practice?
  • Will the code promote good urbanism (has it resulted in appropriate development activity)?

Submission Forms





There is no entry fee. Anyone is eligible to submit a legally adopted form-based code. However, if a current jury member, or member of a jury member’s firm or organization are, or were, part of a code-writing team or a participant in the design, writing, adoption, or implementation process, that code is ineligible for review in the 2015 program.


Award winners will be recognized May 1, 2015 during a session called Today’s Best Form-Based Codes, at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s twenty-third annual meeting in Dallas / Ft. Worth. The planners and officials associated with the winning codes are invited to participate in this session to discuss their codes in detail.


Each submission must include five (5) copies of the Submission Materials Form, six (6) CDs and one (1) hard copy of the code document. Enclose entry form with completed submission materials and mail to: Form-Based Codes Institute Attn: Program Director 333 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 510 Chicago, IL 60601


Submissions must be received by FBCI no later than Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Entrants are advised to use a mailing service that guarantees delivery date.

Award Jury

Joseph Kohl  (Jury Chairman)
Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
Coral Gables, FL

Caleb P. Racicot
Principal, TSW  Planners | Architects | Landscape Architects
Atlanta, GA

Jennifer Hurley, AICP
President, Hurley Franks & Associates
Philadelphia, PA

Scott Polikov
Principal, Gateway Planning
Dallas, TX