- American Planning Association Rhode Island Chapter Award Outstanding Neighborhood Planning, 2016
- CNU New England Chapter Urbanism Award, 2016
- CNU National Charter Award, 2017
In the Fall of 2015, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) engaged Union to lead a collaborative team of architects, engineers, and preservationists to explore the impacts of sea level rise on a historic home and its surrounding neighborhood.
The study approached the issues at the scale of the neighborhood and provided recommendations not just for homeowners, but also for regulatory agencies at the city and state levels. The team identified the need for comprehensive design guidelines and form-based zoning codes to guide how incremental adaptation can take place in Newport, focusing on community character and pedestrian engagement.