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2017 William R. & June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban & Regional Planning: Call for Nominations

Wednesday, October 12, 2016  
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Southern California Suburbs: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona seeks nominations for the 2017 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The Dale Prize is awarded in pairs: a $5,000 award to a scholar and a $5,000 award to a practitioner. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meet with students in classes, and participate in a colloquium and other events.

The 2017 theme is Southern California Suburbs: Looking Backward and Looking Forward. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) at Cal Poly Pomona is marking the 50th anniversary of its Bachelor of Science degree. URP was created to educate professional planners who would staff local government planning offices in Southern California suburbs. Initially, these suburbs focused on orderly development and environmental protection for bedroom-community development. Over the 50 years, these suburban communities have evolved into more complex places, characterized by differences in race, ethnicity and economic class. They have regional, national and global economic connections, with new focuses in trade, logistics and emerging technologies and industries. Some of these communities now defy the suburban stereotype, while others celebrate their original built-form patterns from another era.

We are looking for a Dale Prize Scholar who will offer insight into this sweep of history – the past and the future of the Southern California suburb. Guiding questions include: How have the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of suburban Southern California changed, and what is the future of these areas? Can the current organizational structure of local, sub-regional, and regional planning entities address the key planning challenges? What should be the transformation agenda for legacy built form so that we can address new realities? What kinds of planning processes and strategies will position suburban Southern California to transform and prosper in the next 50 years?

We are seeking a Dale Prize Practitioner who will provide insights on the dynamics of local and sub-regional governance and suggest ways forward to address challenges associated with immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, economic expansion and workforce development, housing affordability, traffic congestion, and climate change.

These discussions will better inform alumni and students about the communities in which they work and will help guide URP to educate future planners for Southern California as it has formed so many of those now working here.

Dale Prize events will be held February 1st and 2nd, 2017, on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Nominations are due on December 2, 2016. For more information, or to receive a nomination package, please see If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Do Kim at or (909) 869-4645.


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