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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 tenth 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 award 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 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 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23rd, 2018.


Award winners will be recognized at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 26th Annual Congress in Savannah, Georgia May 16-19, 2018. 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 2018.

Submission Information

There is no entry fee.

Submit this form and all the required materials to:

Form-Based Codes Institute
c/o Smart Growth Ameirca
1152 15th ST NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005

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.

2018 Driehaus Award

Award Jury
Mary MaddenMary Madden, AICP
(Jury Chair)
Ferrell Madden
Washington, DC
Kara Wilbur
Senior Associate
Portland, ME
Randy Hutcheson CNU-A
Historic Preservation and

Design Planning / Development
Fort Worth, TX

Ward Davis
High Street Real Estate & Development, LLC
Springdale, AK