The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) presented the 2017 the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design  to the Honorable Michael S. Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas.
The award, created in 2010 to recognize mayors whose commitment to excellence in urban design reflects the outstanding example of the award’s namesake, was conferred at AAF’s 28th annual Accent on Architecture Gala .
The Gala, which was held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC,  celebrates individuals and organizations whose professional accomplishments combine architecture with civic and community betterment.
AAF President and CEO Ron Bogle said of the announcement, “Mayor Rawlings is the latest in a line of Dallas mayors who have made the city an innovative model for using design as a strategy and tool to transform a community. His leadership has enriched Dallas for generations to come and inspires others to take up the mantle of design in their communities.”
Rawlings was sworn in as the 61st mayor of Dallas in June 2011 and was re-elected to a second four-year term in May 2015. During his time in office, he launched GrowSouth, his signature initiative to spur economic development south of the Trinity River. He’s also fought to improve public education, combat poverty, revitalize Fair Park, develop the Trinity River corridor, elevate the city’s international profile, and turn the city into a top destination for artists all over the world. He’s drawn headlines across the country for his bold campaign against domestic violence, Dallas Men Against Abuse. He has presided over the passage of $600 million in new city bonds to fund streets, flood protection and economic development initiatives and led the City Council through the hiring process for a new city manager and city attorney.
“Great leaders have a vision for their cities. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is one of those great leaders. His vision for his city is one that is known, nationally and internationally, for its focus on innovation and design. He embodies the goals of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The United States Conference of Mayors.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. served as Mayor of Charleston, SC, from 1975 to 2016. Under Riley’s leadership, Charleston developed nationally acclaimed affordable housing and experienced remarkable revitalization of its waterfront and historic downtown business district. Mayor Riley was also a founder of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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