The Urban Street Design and Mobility Standards Manual received the 2013 Transportation Best Program Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. The manual built upon Nelson\Nygaard’s work for Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, a plan for a sustainable, post-petroleum capital. Nelson\Nygaard led the writing and editing of the manual, which provides clear, context-based design guidance for all streets in the Emirate, with an emphasis on safety, walkability, and connectivity.

The Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines received the 2013 Award of Merit in Planning Publications from the Canadian Institute of Planners. Nelson\Nygaard served as the principal authors of these guidelines, which reflect the rich research literature from the transportation field, showing how community design can influence travel behavior and create livable, sustainable, and resilient places.