Paul Crawford Award

Each year, the California Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism presents the Paul Crawford Award to an outstanding member who has made considerable contributions to the advancement of the principles of the New Urbanism. The award was created in honor of the late planning director of San Luis Obispo, professor at Cal State San Luis Obispo, and nationally recognized coding expert, and Mr. Paul Crawford.


2015: Jeffrey Tumlin

The 2015 award will be presented to Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy for Nelson Nygaard, for his admirable and inspirational dedication to making better places for the citizens of California. “This award is intended to honor Jeff ’s commitment to sustainable urbanism,” said Howard Blackson, Chair of CNU California Chapter. “We look forward to what he will accomplish leading transportation planning into the 21st century.”

For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities through out the world. His work in California is renown for balancing all modes of transportation in complex places. His transformative plans have accommodated for millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. He has assisted Californians in understanding that managing parking and transportation demand is a critical tool for revitalizing city centers and creating sustainable places.

A dynamic and frequent guest speaker, Jeff is the author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).

Mr Tumlin will be presented with the Paul Crawford at the New Urbanism Film Festival on Saturday October 10th at 8pm, preceding a line up of short films on Urban Design.  Tumlin will also be leading a workshop discussion for CNU members at the New Urbanism Film Festival from 1-4 on Saturday October 10th. 

In the mean time, you can watch Tumlin’s presentation at TEDx Sacramento.

2014:  Rick Cole

The Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter would like to congratulation Mr. Rick Cole on being awarded our 2014 CNU California Paul Crawford Award. We truly admire his dedication and results in making better places for the citizens of California as this award is intended to honor his work and we look forward to what he will accomplish leading Los Angeles into the 21st century.

Rick Cole, City ofLos Angeles Deputy Mayorfor Budget and Innovation, is being recognized by our Chapter for his extraordinary achievements and outstanding leadership in the cities of Asuza,Pasadena,Ventura, and nowLos Angeles. His administrative and political leadership has resulted in the enabling of Form-Based Codes at the policy and regulatory level, the building world-class Transit-Oriented Development projects, revitalization of beautiful downtowns, and innovation in city building techniques that build a more sustainable future. Mr. Cole was unanimously selected by the CNU California board of directors due to his leadership and commitment to the principals outlined in the Charter for the New Urbanism and the promise that isCalifornia. Mr. Cole’s selection follows our inaugural CNU California Paul Crawford Award winners, Stefanos Polyzoides and Elizabeth Moule. 

The award was presented on November 8th, 2014, at the New Urban Film Fest held at the ACME Theater inHollywood.


2013:  Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides

The Inaugural 2013 Congress for the New Urbanism California Chapter Paul Crawford Award recipients are Elizabeth Moule and Stefanos Polyzoides, partners at Moule Polyzoides Architects & Urbanist. Recognized for their extraordinary achievements as Co-Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, outstanding leadership in crafting Form-Based Codes, Transit-Oriented Development projects, and innovation in techniques that build sustainable places. Elizabeth and Stefanos were unanimously selected by the CNU-CA board of directors due to their leadership and commitment to the principles outlined in the Charter for the New Urbanism and the promise that is California.