Selection Process

The Resilience by Design Committee of OA-dc will select finalist teams based on each team’s printed submission. Submissions should highlight the proposed design’s potential to satisfy the design criteria described in sections below.

The selected finalists will then be required to make a 7 minute presentation detailing their project for a Pecha Kucha style event to be held in Washington DC on a TBD date. At least one member of the design team for each proposal must be present for the presentation.

Based on the printed submissions and in-person presentations, OA-dc and a pre-selected panel of jury members will select the winning entry.

Selection Criteria

Teams should research and apply mitigation strategies relevant to the project site. Using this base knowledge, teams will identify a best practice and propose built solutions that are responsive to the need’s of these flood-prone areas. The design ideas should promote sustainability and resiliency that take into consideration several key factors:

  • Functionality
  • Aesthetics
  • Hazard Risk
  • Sustainability
  • Contextual Sensitivity
  • Innovation

Panel of Judges

We are honored to have a distinguished panel of judges who will contribute their diverse expertise in design, urban planning, historic preservation and public policy to the competition:

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Katharine Burgess, AICP

Katharine Burgess is the Director of Urban Resilience for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization that focuses on land use, real estate and urban development. Ms. Burgess is an urban planner and researcher with twelve years of experience working in the non-profit and consulting sectors, specializing in urban planning strategy, planning policy, community engagement and design research. She has practiced urban planning in the US, UK and Germany, with global project work across the US, Europe and Asia. She began her career at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, where she managed post-Katrina hurricane recovery charrettes commissioned by the States of Louisiana and Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. Since then, her projects have included a range of large-scale, mixed-use masterplanning initiatives designed to encourage pedestrian activity and use of the public realm, including campus plans, downtown regeneration plans, urban extensions and a new town for 10,000 people in Scotland. Her research work has included landscape performance research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as international urban policy research for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program, during which she completed a work placement at the City of Berlin’s Urban Design Competition Department. Ms. Burgess holds a Masters of Science in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of History and Art from Williams College.


Jon Penndorf, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Jon Penndorf is a senior associate, project manager, and sustainability leader in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. He is involved in the management and high-performance design of a variety of project types, from focused interior renovations, to new construction, to resilience and climate adaptation planning at the campus and community scales. With more than 16 years of experience in the field, Jon is engaged in many areas of the architecture community including design, project management, leadership, research, writing, and education.  He recently co-authored “Weathering the Storm: Mental Health and Resilient Design,” which looks at links between design strategies and reductions in event-related stress in building occupants.  A recipient of the 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architect Award, Jon was elected in 2016 to the AIA Strategic Council, and serves on the Committee on the Environment national Advisory Group. Jon was the 2012 president of the Washington, DC chapter of the AIA, and has served nationally as chair of the Young Architects Forum in 2014. He has spoken at local, regional, and national conferences on sustainable design and professional development topics. In 2014 Jon was named one of Building Design & Construction magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

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Ashley Wilson – AIA, ASID

Ashley Wilson is the Graham Gund architect for the Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  This position provides broad oversight responsibilities related to the conservation and preservation of the architecture and landscapes of the Trust’s twenty-seven historic sites.  She works to ensure the timely, practical, and appropriate delivery of services for those structures and their surroundings.  The Historic Sites team has been implementing a new Sites Vision to re-imagine the traditional historic site museum model and to provide sustainable public benefit and while modeling exemplary preservation, collections management and interpretation. Ashley’s current work on flood mitigation for the Farnsworth House is exemplary of this effort. Before working at the National Trust, she was a founding and tenured professor at the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program for Historic Preservation in Charleston, SC and previous to her academic career, she was in private preservation practice in Washington DC. She was the 2015 Chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the AIA, serves on the Rubenstein Initiative Advisory Board at Montpelier, serves on the Preservation Easement Committee at the National Trust ,and on the Senate Curatorial Board of the United States Senate.


Jay Wilson, LEED AP BD+C

Jay Wilson joined the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) with over 13 years of experience in architecture and design, focusing on sustainable, resilient, and community-driven development projects. At DDOE, Jay is manages the Green Light Grant Program along with DOEE review, assessment, and recommendations for applications for Planned Unit Developments, Large Tract Review and other large scale development projects with the goal of advancing and incorporating the Sustainable DC goals and objectives. Jay served on the Board of Directors of the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter from 2011 through 2015. Previous to joining District government, Jay was Director of Sustainable Design and Senior Project Manager at Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners in DC. His project experience demonstrates his expertise in green multifamily design including the renovation of Wheeler Terrace Apartments, one of the City’s first LEED Gold affordable housing communities, and Bass Circle Apartments, which achieved Green Communities Certification and has 100% of storm water infiltrated on-site. For his numerous efforts and accomplishments, Jay was recognized as the AIA|DC Emerging Architect of the Year in 2009.