Here are the criteria for the Awards Program!


The George Washington Chapter Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Awards Program recognizes the accomplishments of members and other individuals who have advanced the field of land economics through their achievements and service to their profession, the Greater Washington community, and the George Washington chapter.  Winners of the awards will be considered for submission to the LAI International Awards program.


We encourage submission of nominations advancing the cause of land economics in the National Capital Region.  The awards categories for this year’s program are:  

  • Chapter Member
  • Outstanding Project (more than 200,000 SF)
  • Outstanding Project (less than 200,000 SF)
  • Outstanding Plan 


The awards will be presented at the LAI GW Investiture Banquet in mid-October 2021.



Nominations should be submitted to the Awards Chairman Patricia Nicoson for consideration by members of the Awards Committee at


Nomination Deadline

Nominations for the Chapter Awards program are due on September 14, 2021.


Awards in each category will be made to a single individual or, in the case of projects or plans, to the principal members of the team.


The Chapter Member Achievement Award will be based upon commitment to Lambda Alpha, to the nominee’s profession, and to land economics with respect to achievement in the private or public sectors, research, or education in a recognized field of land economics, including but not limited to: economics, architecture, civil engineering, geography, landscape architecture, land use planning, urban planning, urban development and redevelopment, public administration, law, environmental design, historic preservation, zoning, real estate consulting, appraisal, and real estate development.


A member who receives the Chapter Member Award may be submitted to LAI as a nomination for the International Member of the Year award.  This award is selected from Chapter nominations of Chapter Member of the Year honorees for the current or prior year by the International Awards Committee.


This Award will be made for a comprehensive, area, or general plan that advances the science and art of planning. 


The award is given for group achievement and may be made to a planning agency, planning team or firm, community group, or local authority. 


  1. Originality and innovation. Describe how the entry presents a visionary approach or innovative concept to address needs. Explain how the use of the planning process broadened the acceptance of planning principles.
  2. Quality. Explain how the plan is state-of-the-art in terms of presentation and methodology. Identify what makes this plan exceptional or stand out compared to other plans.
  3. Engagement. Explain how various stakeholder interests were involved and the extent of that involvement. Describe how the plan obtained public and private support.
  4. Implementation and Effectiveness.  Address what steps were taken to build public support for implementing the plan. How does the plan address the need or problem that prompted its initiation? How has the plan made or will make a difference in the lives of the people affected?  


Two Categories:  More than 200,000 SF and Less than 200,000 SF

This award honors a project that demonstrates sound land economic and good planning principles in the preservation, development, or use of our land resources.

The nomination should demonstrate that it enhances the neighborhood and jurisdiction of the project.  The submission should address the criteria for a plan submission (above) where appropriate.


Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report, or ordinance nominated must have been published, implemented, or completed within three years of the date of submission. Published drafts of plans are not acceptable. 

Format for Nominations


Submissions should include:

  1. Award category and Nomination
  2. Name of nominee
  3. Contact information for nominee
  4. Proposed Citation for Award
  5. Justification for nomination

(1-page maximum.  Drawings, photos, and/or plans should be included for            Projects or Plan nominations)


Submit Items 1-4 on a single page and the justification on a second page.  Please send all nomination materials electronically to the email address below.


Patricia Nicoson

Awards Program Chair

Lambda Alpha International George Washington Chapter

Cell: 703-597-3221