Urban planning professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and a team of faculty and staff from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs have received recognition for their longterm research and planning project, "Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks."

The American Planning Association, during its 2016 APA Los Angeles Selection Awards Gala in June, gave Loukaitou-Sideris and her team the Academic Award of Excellence. The project was named among the “best planning” entries and competed against work from cities, nonprofits, consulting firms and individuals in the APA’s Los Angeles chapter.

The team's research and proposed plan seeks to promote and fulfill the demand for senior-friendly parks by citing evidence from around the world and recommending guidelines for designers. Funded by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Archstone Foundation, the study has also been selected by the California APA chapter for a 2016 Academic Award of Merit to be presented in October at the APA state conference. These recognitions at the statewide level now makes the probject eligible for consideration for the APA 2017 National Planning Awards.

To learn more about “Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks,” click here.