City of Las Vegas Urban Design Awards

Have you been working away restoring your home or maybe even a commercial building? If you have an your project will be completed by December 31 of this year, you should think about getting yourself a little recognition for all that hard work! And what better way than to have an award presented to you by our mayor, the Honorable Carolyn G. Goodman? Now that is a reward!

2013: Atomic Liquors

Every year, the City of Las Vegas presents the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDA) to projects within the city’s boundaries that are completed (or to be completed) by December 31 of that year. The projects must demonstrate excellence in urban design, sustainability, and livability. Nominations are solicited every fall and awards are presented in January of the following year. There are several MUDA categories: Building and Environment, Public Places, Public Art, and Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.

Below is additional information on the award and the nominating process. 2012: Mob Museum2012: Neon Museum LobbyWe have also sprinkled photos throughout of the wonderful eye candy that constitutes past winners in the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse category. To see the year a pictured building won and the name of the building, just hover your mouse2011: 1211 S. 16th Street, Hillside Heights over the image.

Many of the past winners in the Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse category are commercial properties, such as Atomic Liquors pictured above. However, this category does not exclude residential restorations. In fact, the winner in 2011 was a private home, and one of the entrants in last year’s MUDA came from a restored duplex in Francisco Park. If you have been working on your home and will complete the project before December 31 of this year, please do consider entering the MUDA competition.

2010: Emergency Arts, Fremont Street

Nominations Now Open For Annual Mayor’s Urban Design Awards
City Of Las Vegas Invites Everyone To Submit Nominations

The city of Las Vegas will again honor exceptional urban design through the 2014 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDA). Nominations for the awards, which will recognize projects that foster the city’s commitment to sustainability and livability, are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3.

2009: Las Vegas Blvd Neon Sign Restoration Project

Nomination forms are available online at Anyone is invited to nominate projects, which must be located within city of Las Vegas limits and be completed by Dec. 31, 2014 to qualify for the award.

The awards recognize projects that cultivate walkways and streets that are 2008: Historic Fifth Street Schoolshared public spaces, promote safety, conserve resources, celebrate public art, preserve historic buildings and places, seamlessly link to their surroundings
and are pedestrian friendly. The four categories are buildings and their environs, public  places, historic preservation/adaptive reuse and public art.

The awards will be presented at the Las Vegas City Council meeting on Jan. 7, 2015 by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman.  A volunteer committee will review and rank the submissions for recommendation to Mayor Goodman, who will select the award winners. The Department of Planning is providing staff support to the program.

2007: Morelli House, Hugh E. Taylor Architect

The 2013 MUDA winners were:     

  • Building and Environment: The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Charleston Boulevard
  • Public Places: Historic Lorenzi Park, Washington Avenue
  • Public Art: “Rise Above” mural project sponsored by Life is Beautiful, downtown Las Vegas
  • Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse: Atomic Liquors

For more information about the MUDA nomination process, please contact Urban Design Coordinator Courtney Mooney at 702-229-5260.

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