Congratulations to Cecille de Laurentis for this year’s award-winning article “Urban planning education after Black Lives Matter.

De Laurentis calls for professional planning education to reconnect with experiential learning and highlights several existing programs as case studies. The article reminds us that planning practice is to be based on an understanding of our local communities, continuously questioned to be relevant with the times, and is ultimately about empowering people. The jury noted the viability and efficacy of de Laurentis’ recommendation for experiential learning to have, in her words, transformative potential, making working towards racial justice a possible future that is within reach.

The Honourable Mentions of the 2022 Plan Canada Award are: