The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Speaker Series with Northeastern University

Join the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) and Northeastern University for the Myra Kraft Open Classroom “Inspiring Design” speaker series, exploring how people and places nationwide are responding to the crucial charge of creating equitable and inclusive places for all.

Streaming each Wednesday at 6 pm EST through April 21, 2021, the virtual classroom is free and open to the public by registration. Tapping RBA’s national network of 88 medalists, it tackles critical issues including arts and education, food and housing, infrastructure and innovation, parks and public spaces, and ways in which we can engage and empower our communities. Speakers comprise leading voices in architecture and urban design, planning and development, education and community engagement, and public policy and civic leadership sharing stories about innovative initiatives. Session recordings will be posted on the RBA website with case studies and other compelling resources following each program. 


  • Jan. 20 | Equity and the City
  • Jan. 27 | Building Community with Food
  • Feb. 3 | Reimagining School
  • Feb 10 | Engaging and Empowering the Next Generation
  • Feb. 17 | Advancing Housing for Health and Wellbeing
  • Feb. 24 | Strengthening Cities Through University Community Partnerships
  • March 3 | Investing in Infrastructure
  • March 10 | Fostering Innovative Civic Leadership
  • March 17 | Creating Inclusive and Resilient Public Spaces
  • March 24 | Ending Homlessness
  • March 31 | Cultivating Dialogue About Design
  • April 7 | Cultivating Creativity and Community with the Arts
  • April 14 | Planning for Equity
  • April 21 | Observations and Lessons Learned

Buffalo Bayou Park - Credit: Jonnu Singleton
20 January to 21 April 2021
Online Event
Northeastern University and The Bruner Foundation