Since 2002, CNU's annual Charter Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning worldwide. Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners—including student winners. Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.
CNU convenes a Charter Awards jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners and scholars who review entries and select winners. Applicants are judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of outstanding buildings and urban places. Charter Awards recognize projects at three scales:
- The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town
- Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
- Block, Street, and Building
Jurors for the 2017 CNU Charter Awards include: Maurice Cox, Jury Co-Chair and Director of Planning & Development for the City of Detroit; Jennifer Hurley, Jury Co-Chair and
Principal at Hurley-Franks & Associates; Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA and Founding Principal at
Sitio Architecture + Urbanism; Susan Henderson, Principal at Placemakers; Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA and Director at Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence; Elizabeth Mossop, Dean of School of Design at University of Technology Sydney; and Russell Preston, Founder and Director at Principle Group.