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Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award

The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award

Sponsored by the Form-Based Codes Institute
with the Generous Support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust

The Board of Directors of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is pleased to announce its ninth annual award for achievement in the writing and implementation of Form-Based Codes. Form-Based Codes regulate development to give unity, efficient organization, social vitality and walkability to our cities, towns and neighborhoods.  They create a predictable, high-quality public realm by using physical form, rather than separation of uses, as the primary organizing principle.  Form-Based Codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks.

The awards jury’s considerations will include how the code addresses the following questions:

  1. Will the code deliver a predictable street character (public space)?
  2. Is the code implementable and will it be relatively easy to use?
  3. Does this code have relevant and distinguishing features that advance the practice?
  4. Will this code promote good urbanism (has it resulted in high-quality development activity)?


Submissions are due Friday, February 24, 2017.


Award winners will be recognized at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 25th Annual Congress in Seattle, Washington, May 3-6, 2017. Winning entries also will be featured on the FBCI website.


Entries must have been adopted into law by a unit of local government.  Recently adopted codes, as well as codes adopted in prior years, are eligible for consideration. Entries should be codes intended to foster built results consistent with a community master plan.

Any legally adopted Form-Based Code is eligible for submission.  Submissions can be made by local government officials, advisors, consultants or others involved in the development, adoption or implementation of the code.  Codes designed, written, adopted or implemented by organizations associated with members of the award jury are not eligible for consideration in 2017.

Submission Information

There is no entry fee. For complete information and full submission requirements, go to the Form-Based Codes Institute website: www.formbasedcodes.org.

About FBCI

The Form-Based Codes Institute is a nonprofit corporation engaged in research, standards setting, outreach and education. Its mission is to advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, Form-Based Codes as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism. The Institute recognizes that a well-crafted Form-Based Code is the most effective type of development regulation for shaping pedestrian-scaled, mixed-use and fine-grained urbanism. FBCI acknowledges and thanks the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust for its support of The Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award.

2017 Driehaus Awards

Award Jury
Mary MaddenMary Madden, AICP
(Jury Chair)
Ferrell Madden
Washington, DC
Susan HendersonSusan Henderson
Director of Design
PlaceMakers, LLC
Albuquerque, NM
Randy Hutcheson CNU-A
Historic Preservation and Design Planning / Development
Fort Worth, TX
Michael Hathorne
Senior Planning Manager
Michael Baker International
Salt Lake City, UT
Award Recipients

Downtown Code for Nashville, Tennessee

This Code offers an exceptional model for downtowns.  The jury was impressed with the immersive characterization of each downtown neighborhood, with detailed attention to the features that create these distinct places.  The overall…more

University Neighborhood Specific Plan

This Code offers an excellent example for regulating large-scale infill development to produce a walkable place.  It offers a “kit of parts” for creating the fundamental urban form – addressing both the public…more