2011 APA-MA Award Winners

The American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) honored innovative planning efforts and individuals with its 2011 Annual Award Program. Twenty award recipients were recognized during the 2011 APA-MA/ Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) Annual Awards and Holiday Luncheon held on December 16, 2011 in Boston. The recipients will also be featured in an upcoming issue of chapter e-newsletter New England Planning.

APA-MA’s awards program, the state’s highest honor for planning professionals, is a proud tradition established years ago to recognize outstanding comprehensive plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities and neighborhoods of lasting value throughout Massachusetts. This year’s winners are include:

The Comprehensive Planning Award, which honors a plan, program or process of unusually high merit, was awarded to two projects:

Columbia Point Master Plan, (Boston) led by the Boston Redevelopment Authority 

    • Tad Read, Senior Planner and Project Manager, BRA
    • Don Walsh, Chair of the Columbia Point Master Plan Citizen Task Force
    • Jim Fitzgerald and Lauren Shurtleff, BRA
    • Carole Schlessinger and Skip Smallridge, Crosby Schlessinger & Smallridge
    • David Black, Senior Transportation Engineer, VHB

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (State-wide).

    • Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator of the MDI Program, DHCD
    • Steve Carvalho, Acting Undersecretary, DHCD
    • Leverett Wing, Associate Director, Division of Community Services, DHCD
    • Mark Siegenthaler, Community Development Manager, Division of Community Services,  DHCD

In addition, A Master Plan for Downtown Rockport (Rockport) was designated as an honorable mention.

    • Carolyn Britt, AICP, Consulting Planner, Community Investment Associates
    • Rockport Planning Board members: Barbara Sparks (Chairwoman) Henry T. Betts, Patty Joy Edgerton, Mary Ruth Sole, Frederick H. Tarr III; Samuel W. Coulbourn (former board member) and Jack Heinzmann, (former board member)
    • Brown Walker Planners, Inc.

The Planning Project Award, which honors a specific project, bylaw, ordinance, or document of unusually high merit, was awarded to two projects:

Concord Riverwalk project in Concord

    • Dan Gainsboro, developer and principal of NOW Communities, LLC,
    • Steve Weikal, VP of Sales and Marketing for NOW Communities and a graduate of MIT DUSP ’09 program
    • Donald Powers, principal of Union Studio Architects based in Providence, RI as site planner and architect for the homes.

Marlborough Economic Development Master Plan: Building the New Marlborough Economy

    • Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant
    • Arthur Bergeron and George Ciccone, Marlborough Economic Development Corporation
    • Francis Mahady, FXM Associates
    • Kenneth Buckland, The Cecil Group
    • David Derrig, AECOM
    • Steven Landau, EDR Group

In addition, the Riverbridge Mixed-Use Village project in Berlin led by Riverbridge North, LLC was designated as an honorable mention.

    • Christopher Senie, Owner/Partner, Riverbridge North, LLC
    • Daniel Lewis AIA, Architect
    • Michael Dryden, RLA, Planner/Landscape Architect, Waterman Design Associates

The Social Advocacy Award, which honors a program, project, group or individual indicating a high level of advocacy planning on behalf of those in need, was awarded to the Town of Lincoln Community Health  Assessment and Planning Project led by Community Opportunities Group.

  • Dan Pereira and Jacquelin Apsler, Steering Committee Co-Chairs
  • Anita Scheipers, Assistant Town Administrator
  • Tricia McGean, Registered Nurse and resident
  • Carolyn Bottum, Council on Aging Director
  • Maureen Richichi, Registered Nurse for Lincoln Schools and Board of Health
  • Barbara Myles, Library Director
  • John Ritz, Disabilities Commission Representative and resident
  • Roger Paine, Minister
  • Lt. Kevin Kennedy who joined the committee during the implementation phase of the project
  • Kathleen Kelleher, Madeline Colety and Judi Barrett, Community Opportunities Group

The Student Project Award honors an individual or group of students for an outstanding project. This year’s award is bestowed on two projects:

Envisioning Needham Street project in Newton, led by planning students and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning

    • MIT students: Andrew Austin,Tim Bates, Andrea Christenson, Holly Durso, Samantha Earl, Caroline Edwards, Chris Grillo, Andrea Pavia, and Travis Sheehan.
    • MIT instructors: Terry Szold and Annis Whitlow Sengupta
    • Candace Havens and Amanda Stout from the City of Newton

Dorchester Coast Greenway Master Plan project in Boston, led by planning students and faculty at Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

    • Tufts Students: Ronak Davé, Renee Guo, Christina Kim, and Jessie Partridge
    • Tufts lecturer: Rusty Russell

The Media Award, which honors excellence and comprehensive coverage of a planning or development issue, was awarded three media professionals who covered the Seasonal Resort Community Zoning initiative in Dennis.

  • Jerry Rogoven is a Reporter for the on-line newspaper Cape Cod Today. Mr. Rogoven attended every meeting beginning in November 2009 through the November 2010 Special Town Meeting.
  • Matt Pitta is the News Director at WXTK and its affiliate radio stations. Radio, with its usually very short newsbytes have limited opportunity to cover a story from start to finish, especially a planning issue. Mr. Pitta, not only had radio news staff cover the meetings and provide reports on the air, he also called the Planning Office prior to meetings to run stories on what to expect at a particular meeting.
  • Nicole Muller is the Local Reporter for the Dennis Register. Ms. Muller, like the others, covered the Seasonal Resort Community efforts over the entire summer, attending nearly all the weekly meetings between Memorial Day and Columbus Day 2010.

This year’s Professional Planner Award, which recognizes contributions to the planning profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing, was awarded to Kurt Gaertner, AICP, Assistant Director of Grants and Technical Assistance at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The Faye Seigfriedt Award, which honors a planner who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the field of planning, was awarded to Dr. Stephanie Kelly of the Westfield State University Department of Geography and Regional Planning.

The Legislator of the Year Award, which recognizes an elected official who has made a significant contribution to planning, was awarded to both State Senator Sal N. DiDomenico and State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, Senate and House Chairs of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business. Both legislators are co-sponsors of the legislation that has provided critical support of the Community Preservation Act – H. 765/S.1841—an Act to Sustain Community Preservation.

The Citizen Planner Award, which honors a non-planning professional who has made a distinguished contribution to planning, was awarded to Amy Cheung, creator of the Chinatown Community Walking Tours and A-VOYCE.

The Charles E. Downe Memorial Award, which honors a planner who, in the spirit of the late Charles E. Downe, exemplifies public outreach, mentoring of young planners, demonstrated patience and the utmost integrity, was awarded to Terry Szold, Principal of Community Planning Solutions, and Adjunct Professor of Land Use Planning in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

The Young Planner Award, which recognizes a junior or mid-level young practicing planner who has excelled in leadership, increased the impact of planning in public and private decision making, or enhanced the APA-MA Chapter, was awarded to Aaron Clausen, Associate Planner with the City of Lowell Department of Planning and Development.

The APA-MA Chapter President Award, which honors an individual or organization that has greatly enhanced the visibility of the planning profession within the state this past year, was awarded to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for their incredible efforts and professionalism provided in support of the APA’s 2011 National Planning Conference held this past April in Boston.

  • Kairos Shen, Chief Planner, BRA
  • Randi Lathrop, Deputy Director for Community Planning, BRA
  • Mary Knasas, Senior Planner, BRA
  • Tad Read, Senior Planner, BRA
  • Jeremy Rosenberger, Planner, BRA
  • Jessica Lord, Junior Urban Designer, (formerly of the BRA*)

The Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an APA-MA member who has made a significant contribution to the development of the Chapter, was awarded to Chris Kluchman, AICP, Planner at the Town of Westford and Treasurer of the APA-MA Chapter.

The MAPD Chapter Award, which honors special contributions identified by the MAPD, was awarded to Bob Mitchell, FAICP.