Urban Commons Founder Diane Cheatham Receives Sustainability Award

Congratulations to our fearless leader, Diane Cheatham, on receiving the AIA Dallas 2020 Sustainability Commendation for her work as one of Dallas’ champions of architecture and environmental preservation efforts. As a leader of design and development in north Texas, her commitment to sustainable development planning and innovation make her an obvious choice for this prestigious award.

About AIA Sustainability Commendation

The award, whose recipient is nominated each year by the AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment, is presented to the public official, community group, business owner, or design professional who took chances on behalf of the environment and the design community, and have continued our city’s tradition of design excellence.

About Diane Cheatham

Working with top-flight architects, Diane Cheatham has developed and constructed 22 infill projects, including master-planned communities, townhomes, multi-family complexes, and single-family homes, often in areas that have been overlooked or avoided by conventional, risk-averse developers. She was among the first developers to aggressively build upscale, modern infill projects in the 1980s in Uptown Dallas, still considered an edgy, risky area at the time. Her Urban Reserve development in Lake Highlands has been widely recognized by the AIA, ASLA, NCTCOG, GDPC, and many others as a paradigm of sustainable and innovative single-family development.

Diane’s projects have won dozens of awards for design and planning, and she was named an Honorary Member of AIA Dallas in 2007. She is a longtime supporter of organizations committed to a better urban environment, including Habitat for Humanity, the Dallas Architecture Forum, and the Shared Housing Center. She serves on the UT Austin School of Architecture Advisory Council.

Diane Cheatham’s notable accomplishments and her ongoing commitment to excellence in planning, architecture, and design place her at the forefront of innovative developers in north Texas.