Paul Davidoff Book Award

Deadline for Nominations - June 30, 2015
Awarded in odd-numbered years
(recent photos of winners)

The Paul Davidoff award is celebrating its 30th year in 2015. It is given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) to honor the memory of Davidoff, an eminent planner who established the field of advocacy planning and who was an unyielding force for justice and social equity in the profession.

Paul Davidoff viewed planning as a process to address a wide range of societal problems and to improve conditions for all people. He challenged academics and professionals alike to find ways to promote participatory planning and positive social change; to overcome poverty and racism and to reduce disparities in society. Before his untimely death, he implemented major contributions to the field as an educator, practitioner and intellectual. His influence in planning extends to this day. His work constitutes a watershed in the theory and practice of community planning.

The Paul Davidoff award recognizes an outstanding book publication regarding participatory planning and positive social change, opposing poverty and racism as factors in society and seeking ways to address disparities across race, class, language, and gender.

Given every other year by ACSP since 1985, this award is considered one of the most presitigious honors of the academic field.


  1. The nominated work must be a book. If the nominated publication is an edited book, it will be considered if it is a coherent whole [other edited books, articles and reports are not eligible].
  2. The nominated work may have single or multiple authors.
  3. The nominated book must have been published within five (5) years of the date of the award.
  4. Previously nominated books may be re-nominated and will be considered anew.
  5. The nominated book must relate to the practice or theory of planning or provide critical background concepts or research important to the profession of planning.
  6. The nominated book must reflect Paul Davidoff’s commitments and values in a manner consistent with the high quality of all his endeavors.

*These guidelines were reviewed Winter 2009.

Who may nominate
Nominations may come from any individual or organization including publishers, academics, public or private organizations, agencies or institutions. Agencies are limited to three nominations; faculty and students may be involved in the identification of nominations.

The nomination process
Each nomination requires a submission of one copy of the book directly to each of the five committee members, and a letter of nomination which includes:

  1. The authors’ name, publication title, place and date.
  2. A brief abstract of contents.
  3. A summary statement of the consistency of the submission with the award purposes and the quality of the contribution.
  4. The name and contact information (including email address).
  5. No more than three (3) letters of support of the nominated book (optional).

Nominations may be emailed but the nomination packages must be mailed to committee members postmarked by June 30, 2015. All supporting letters must be received by the Committee Chair by June 30th if sent by email or postmarked by June 30 if sent by regular mail.

We welcome your nominations!

The Paul Davidoff Award Committee

Co-Committee Chair
Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Room 10-497M
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Term: 2006 - present
Voice: 617.253.0561

Co-Committee Chair and Co-founder of the award
Dr. Marcia Marker Feld, Executive Director Emerita, University of Rhode Island
5 Hamlin Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Term: 1994 - present
Voice: 617.965.0166

Barry Checkaway, Co-founder of the award
University of Michigan
Urban and Regional Planning Program
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2069
Term: 1994 - present
Voice: 313.764.1298

Pierre Clavel
Cornell University
48 N Deer Isle Rd
Deer Isle, ME  04627
Term: 1994 - present
Voice: 607.255.4331

Victoria Beard
Cornell University
Department of City & Regional Planning
200 W. Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY  14853
Term: 2009 - present
Voice: 607-255-5385

Jason Corburn
University of California, Berkeley
Department of City & Regional Planning
410C Wurster Hall
Berkeley, CA  94720-1850
Term: 2013 - present
Voice: 510-643-4790