The George Washington Chapter Lambda Alpha International 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.

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:

  • Member of the Year
  • Outstanding Plan or Program 
  • Outstanding Project (more than 200,000 SF or 250 or more residential units) 
  • Outstanding Project (less than 200,000 SF with less than 250 residential units) 

Judging of the the submissions will be done by a panel of LAI members who are active in the Baltimore  LAI chapter.  The awards will be presented at the LAIGW Investiture and Awards event in the Fall.

Nominations Submittal and Deadline 

Nominations should be submitted to the Awards Chair, Kathy Reilly. Email:

Nominations for the Chapter Awards program are due on Monday, September 9, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.


The Chapter Member of the Year Award will be based upon commitment to Lambda Alpha, to the nominee’s profession, and to achievements in land economics and related fields in the private or public sectors, research, or education. Related fields include real estate 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 of the Year 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 or implementation program that advances the science and art of planning or land economics.


The award is given for group achievement and may be made to a planning agency, planning team or firm, community group, or local authority.  Any plan, project, program, tool, process, report, or ordinance entered must have been published, implemented, or completed within three years of the date of submission.  Published drafts of plans are not acceptable

Judging Criteria 

Originality and innovation. The entry presents a visionary approach or innovative concept to address needs. Explain how the use of the planning or program development process broadened the acceptance of planning principles.

Quality. The entry is state-of-the-art in terms of presentation and methodology. Identify what makes this plan exceptional or stand out compared to other plans.

Engagement. Explain how various stakeholder interests were involved and the extent of that involvement. Describe how the plan obtained public and private support.

Completeness. Describe in detail the completeness and financial viability of the project. A program and/or process (i.e. growth management strategy or publicly guided development program) must be fully implemented and must be a sound investment of private and/or public funds in terms of their success in transforming communities and neighborhoods.

Visionary and able to be emulated. – Illustrate how the project steps out from the norm, taking a concept to a brand-new level that others will want to emulate.



  • More than 200,000 SF or over 250 residential units
  • Less than 200,000 SF or less than 250 residential units

This award honors a development that demonstrates sound land economic and good planning principles in the preservation, development, or use of land resources. Projects submitted in this category must have been completed within three years of the date of submission.

Judging Criteria

All projects must exemplify excellence in planning, design, and implementation.  Projects will be judged on quality of design, community context, planning concept, environmental sensitivity, and sustainability.

The process involved in completing a project will be evaluated.  This includes achievement of community goals, successful community collaboration, public/private partnerships, funding strategies, outreach, and financial viability.

All projects should demonstrate a positive impact to the overall value of the community. This can include economic, environmental, and recreational benefits, increased mobility, improved safety, job creation, enhanced community image, sense of place, and the social, cultural, and economic health of the community.

Entry Fee

LAIGW Members:
$210 for the first project
$180 for each additional project.

Non-members of LAIGW
$250 for the first project
$220 for each additional project.

The funds will be used to pay for administrative expenses, awards, graphics, and photography.  Please make checks payable to LAI GW and send them at the time of electronic submittal to Anita Morrison, LAIGW Treasurer, 9318 Worth Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20901.

Format for Nominations 

Submissions should include:

  1. The principal team member’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
  2. All of the companies/individuals that were involved in the project.
  3. A 2-3 sentence “overview” paragraph describing the project.
  4. When the project was completed (ready for occupancy).
  5. A brief (up to two pages)) description of how the project meets the Judging Criteria.
  6. High resolution images of plans and/or photographs, preferred over renderings, that clearly demonstrate the project and help in the evaluation of the application.

Submit Items 1-4 on a single sheet.

Please send all nomination materials electronically to the email address below.

Kathy Reilly

Awards Program Chair

Lambda Alpha International George Washington Chapter

Cell: 703-597-3221



2024 LAIGW Awards sponsorship levels and benefits

$2,000 sponsorship level

Five (5) Complimentary Tickets

Acknowledgement from Podium

Company Name and Logo on Video Loop

Company Name and Logo on all Email Blasts, Website, & Social Media

$1,000 sponsorship level

Two (2) Complimentary Tickets

Acknowledgement from Podium

Company Name on Video Loop

Company Name on all Email Blasts, Website, & Social Media