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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)?

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
Award Recipients

The Beaufort Code

This code provides a high-quality model for a small, historic, design-driven city. It demonstrates an exemplary bifurcation between form-based districts and conventional zones and is well organized and user friendly. City staff took…more

Akanda SmartCode

This code offers an exceptional example of a simplified SmartCode for a master planned community, particularly in developing countries. It is visually appealing, accessible and user-friendly, with clear and concise options for each…more