The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. Scholar and practitioner awardees demonstrate excellence in a common topic that is selected each year. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meeting with students and participating in a colloquium.
The Dale Prize is made possible by an endowment provided by June Dale, wife of the late William R. Dale (Bill Dale).
The 2013 Dale Prize theme is Restoring Main Street: Linking Historic Preservation and Economic Development. The 2013
Dale Prize winners are:
Practitioner Prize: Mary Means. Means is the pioneering creator of the Main Street Program, a highly successful and widely adopted preservation, planning, and community development program. Her career includes award-winning work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and thirty years of consulting practice in the field. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her work has won awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Planning Association for projects in New Orleans, the Erie Canalway, Roanoke, and other locations.
Scholar Prize: John R. Mullin Ph.D., FAICP. Mullin is an internationally recognized leader in the field of economic development, with particular interest in the economic development/historic nexus. Beginning his academic career as a planning historian, he has successfully linked economic development and historic preservation, as exemplified in his seminal article “From Mill Town to Mill Town: The Transition of a New England Town from a Textile to a High Tech Economy. He has also served as Director for the Center for Economic Development and Dean and Vice Provost at University of Massachusetts. Dr. Mullin is the author or editor of over 100 book chapters, articles, and reports. He has received awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the University of Massachusetts.