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The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design recognizes exemplary urban design projects that demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

About the Prize

Awarded biennially, the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design is the foremost award recognizing achievement in this field. Established in 1986 on the occasion of Harvard University’s 350th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the prize recognizes exemplary urban design projects realized anywhere in the world in the past 10 years. Nominations for the prize are received from the GSD’s extensive network of academics and urban design professionals. Projects must be more than one building or an open space, and are evaluated in terms of their contributions to the public realm and to quality of urban life.

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“Since its inception in 1986, the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has become an important aspect of our School’s life. It is in fact one of the few opportunities we have left, institutionally speaking, to pause for a moment and take a good hard look at what’s going on out there in the world, to take stock of how problems of urban design are being formulated and tackled, and what practices seem to be more successful than others. In a corollary fashion, the prize also allows the School to define itself, especially with respect to those essential values it holds dear.”

– Peter G. Rowe,
Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Previous Winners


The High Line

The 13th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has been awarded to the High Line in New York, designed collaboratively by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. The prize committee has elected to allot the monetary prize associated with the award to Friends of the High Line, in recognition of the organization’s originating efforts and continued stewardship behind the project.

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A bird's eye view overlooking the park Madrid Río, showng the Geometric Gardens and bridges over the Manzaneres River.

Madrid Río

The 12th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design as been awarded to Madrid Río, a new linear park in Madrid designed by a team led by Ginés Garrido of Burgos & Garrido, including Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8.

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Train on the tracks under a glass dome at Oporto airport station, Porto, Portugal

Porto & Medellín

The 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design honors two projects that demonstrate the potential for the planning and execution of mobility infrastructure to transform a city and its region through carefully articulated design interventions. Established in 1986, the biennial Green Prize recognizes projects that make an exemplary contribution to the public realm of a city, improve the quality of life in that context, and demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

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People walking along the Cheong Gye Cheon Stream in Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project

The restoration of the Cheonggyecheon River that runs through Seoul, Korea, merits recognition as a seminal project in contemporary urban design.


Olympic Sculpture Park

Envisioned as a new urban model for sculpture parks, the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park by Weiss/Manfredi not only brings art outside the museum walls but also brings the park into the landscape of the city. This study offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at the city and explore some hypotheses about the wider meaning of an urban design project.


Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo

The Syrian city of Aleppo won the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for its urban renewal efforts and Busquets offers an innovative take on how these rehabilitation projects are accomplished effectively.


Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront

The 7th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design recognized the residential waterfront in Borneo Sporenburg, Amsterdam by Adriaan Geuze, West 8 urban design & landscape architecture.


Favela-Bairro Project

The Favela-Bairro Project, featuring the work of Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects, seeks to turn the blighted areas of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas into functioning neighborhoods, or bairros.