TPJ Best Paper Award | The Plan Journal

Aligning with its mission to promote excellent and innovative research in architecture and urbanism, the TPJ will award every year a “TPJ Best Paper Award” to one of the articles published during the previous year. Thus, any article published on the TPJ automatically enters the competition for this award.

The Editorial Team will make a shortlist of candidate-articles, which will be then evaluated by the TPJ  Editorial Advisory Board. Depending on the quality of the submissions and in addition to a winner, there may be recognition for runners-up and/or honorable mentions.


  • The winner/s are announced by mid-April every year and they are recognized at one of the yearly THE PLAN Perspective forums (EU/USA/UK).


2020/vol. 5 [issues 1 & 2]


Andreea Mihalache
""Musings on Boredom, Midcentury Architecture, and Public Spaces," 5, no. 1, open issue


Aki Ishida
"Imprints of an Invisible Virus: How Airborne Diseases Change Cities,” 5, no. 2 [Healthy Urbanism]


Nicoletta Brancaccio, Davide Giacomo Maria Gattoni, Federico Niola, Stefano Rozzi

Wellbeing in the Built Environment: Designing Discontinuities Between Function and Semantic,” 5, no. 1, open issue

Alberto Francini , Fabrizio Mangiaveti,

Magic Circles: The New Arks,” 5, no. 2 [Healthy Urbanism]



2019/vol. 4 [issues 1 & 2]


Kathleen James-Chakraborty
"The Diversity of Women’s Engagement with Modern Architecture and Design: Three Case Studies," 4, no. 2 [Gender Matters]


ex-aequo runners-up:
Stamatina Kousidi
"Expanding (on) the Core. The QT8 Project in Milan," 4, no.1

Noemí Gómez Lobo , Yoshiharu Tsukamoto , Diego Martín Sánchez
"Jiyūgaoka as Women’s Realm: A Case Study on Tokyo Genderfication,” 4, no. 2 [Gender Matters]


Stephen Luoni
"Permitting a Homeless Transition Village: Transactions between the Informal and the Formal ," 4, no. 1
Chiara Belingardi , Claudia Mattogno
"Making Room and Occupying Space. Women Conquering and Designing Urban Spaces," 4, no. 2 [Gender Matters]


2018/vol. 3 [issues 1 & 2]


winners ex-aequo:

Olivia Hamilton

“Process of Commoning in the Production and Proliferation of Shared Space” 3, no. 2 [The Shared Project]

Jose Manuel Sanchez

“Towards a Cooperative Architecture” 3, no. 2 [The Shared Project]


ex-aequo runners-up:

Wendy Fok
“The Future of Urban Living in the Sharing Economy” 3, no. 2 [The Shared Project]

Mary-Pat McGuire

“Cities as Hydro-Geologic Terrain: Design Research to Transform Urban Surfaces” 3, no. 1




“Berlin Fragments. A Heterography of an Architectural Form” 3, no. 1


2017/vol. 2 [issues 1 & 2]

Jeffrey E. Huber, Keith Van de Riet, John Sandell, Lawrence Scarpa,
“Salty Urbanism: Towards an Adaptive Coastal Design Framework to Address Sea Level Rise,” 2, no. 2


ex-aequo runners-up: 

Michael Jefferson, Suzanne Lettieri,
“Other Than Infrastructure: Leaving Room for the Fantastical in the Resilient Project,” 2, no. 2

Gabriel Kaprielian,
“Between Land and Sea: An Approach for Resilient Waterfront Development along the San Francisco Bay,” 2, no. 2

Andreea Mihalache,
“The Act and Art of Architectural Critique: A Drawing, a House, and a Sign,” 2, no. 1



Will Alsop,
“Las Heras: An Imagined Future. Stories of an Emerging World,” 2, no. 1

Alexander L. Ring,
“ ‘Polyvalent Adaptation’: Design in a Temporal Context of Uncertain High-Risk Futures,” 2, no. 2


2016/vol. 0 & 1 [issues 0, 1 & 2]



Joseph Godlewski,
“The Absurd Alibi,” 0, no. 0


ex-aequo runners-up:

Martin Hättasch,
“Form after Urbanism: The Potential of Grossform,” 0, no. 0

Paul Holmquist,
“Towards an Ethical Technique: Reframing Architecture’s ‘Critical Call’ through Hannah Arendt,” 1, no. 1



Tatiana Bilbao, Nuria Benitez,
“Walk the Line. Architecture as a Catalyst for Socio-Spatial Connectivity,” 1, no. 2

Shannon Criss, Matt Kleinmann,
“Dotte Agency: A Participatory Design Model for Community Health,” 1, no. 2