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Lewis Mumford Awards

2015 Lewis Mumford Award Nominations open!

Nominations for the 2015 Awards are open. This is your chance to reward those deserving recognition for outstanding achievement in any or all of these three categories.


Please fill out our nomination form to nominate worthy individuals or organizations. Please provide a separate form for each nominee. If you have any questions, please contact mumford@adpsr.org. Nominations must be received by July 24, 2015.

Nominations are reviewed by the National Board of ADPSR, who will make the final decision. We look forward to your participation and your nominations.


adpsr_Mumford_2010_ceremony_035_for_web.jpgMumford Award plaques are often sculptures made of recycled materials

A list of previous recipients can be found at our Lewis Mumford Award History page. Our most recent awardees are:

2014 Awardees:

Peace: Ethan Zuckerman & the MIT Center for Civic Media
Environment: Slow Money, Maine, as representative of Slow Money, National
Development: Ken Smith & Youth Build Boston, as a representative of Youth Build National

2013 Awardees:

Peace: The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York
Environment: The Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., Boston
Development: The Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York


In 1992, ADPSR instituted an annual Lewis Mumford awards program to honor people and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility. The awards were named after Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) an American historian, sociologist, philosopher, and critic, noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. Lewis Mumford's writings continue to inspire and remind us that architecture, design, and planning must respond to human needs, harmonize with its surroundings, and reflect the aspirations and social context of our civilization.


Information is available at www.adpsr.org/home/mumford_awards.  Nomination forms are available on-line or download at http://adpsr.org/form/62668