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National Urban Design Awards — Past Recipients

Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, wish to promote public and private awareness of that role. For this reason, an Urban Design Awards program has been established to recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to the quality of life in our Canadian cities and their sustainability.

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2024
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Stadium Station Urban Architecture

GEC Architecture 

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Downsview Framework Plan Urban Design Plans

Henning Larsen (urban design); KPMB Architects (architecture); SLA (landscape); Urban Strategies Inc. (planning) 

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The Ring Urban Fragments

CCxA Architectes paysagistes Inc. 

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sθәqәlxenәm ts’exwts’áxwi7- Rainbow Park Civic Design Projects

DIALOG

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Queen’s Marque Urban Architecture

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (Design Architect and Urban Design) with FBM Architects (Prime Consultant) 

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Exchange: Realizing RiverWalk West Urban Design Plans

groundcubed (Ground3 Inc.), HEREBY Architectural Inc., SIKOMH KOKOMII, Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd., Martinson Golly Ltd., RJC Engineering 

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Kids Reimagine School Streets Community Initiatives

SPECTACLE Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism, Sustainable Calgary, Everactive Schools, Toole Design, University of Calgary Faculty of Engineering 

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Bentway Staging Grounds Urban Fragments

SHEEEP in partnership with Agency—Agency 

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Skeena Terrace Community Plan Urban Design Plans

Perkins&Will 

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Fields and Flows: Township Development in Nova Scotia along the Shubenacadie River System Student Projects View
Maisonneuve Library Restoration and Extension Urban Architecture

EVOQ Architecture + civiliti 

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Esplanade Tranquille Civic Design Projects

Les architectes FABG et Fauteux et associés architectes paysagistes

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2022
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Corner Commons Community Initiatives View
Mobile Support as Shelter Support Infrastructure Student Projects View
True North Square Urban Architecture View
Yarmouth Main Street Redevelopment Phase 2 Small or Medium Community Urban Design View
PARK PARK Urban Fragments View
Saugeen First Nation GZHE-MNIDOO GI-TA-GAAN (Creator's Garden and Amphitheatre) Master Plan Urban Design Plans View
University of Toronto Scarborough Valley Land Accessible Trail Civic Design Projects View
Lakeview Village Sustainable Development View
Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Filling Pieces - Hall's Lane Creative Studios Student Projects View
Montauk Montréal Urban Architecture View
Place Monique-Mercure Urban Fragments View
Plaza of Nations Urban Design Plans View
CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge Urban Fragments View
2020
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Intervention plan for the comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Old Québec City (Vieux-Québec) Urban Design Plans View
Corridor de biodiversité, Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent, Montréal Sustainable Development View
Topographic Urban Expansion Student Projects View
The Warming Huts Community Initiatives View
18 Shades of Gay Urban Fragments View
Mechanized River Valley Access Civic Design Projects View
Casey House Urban Architecture View
Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
The Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park Urban Architecture View
The Fourth Street SW Underpass Enhancement Urban Fragments View
Berczy Park Civic Design Projects View
North East Exchange District Public Realm Civic Design Projects View
The Drainage Filter for the Everglades Student Projects View
2018
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
The Kuujjuaq Hackathon 2017: Reassembling the North Small or Medium Community Urban Design

Lead Organization: McGill University, Minimum Cost Housing/Hackathon Group  

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TOcore: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan Urban Design Plans

Lead Firm: PUBLIC WORK and City of Toronto (Co-Lead)

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[tactical] Infrastructure Student Projects

Lead: Bryce Clayton (University of Waterloo)

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Rehabilitation of the waterfront and boardwalk at the Anse-du-Sud sector of Percé, QC Sustainable Development

Lead Firm: AECOM

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Urban Beehive Project Community Initiatives

Lead Firm: Nine Yards Studio

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Discovery Halts (Escales découvertes) Urban Fragments

Lead Firm: civiliti + julie margot design

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Place Vauquelin Civic Design Projects

Lead Firm: Lemay (Marie-Ève Parent, Jean-Philippe André, Sophie Lacoste, Benoit Gaudet, Carlos Santibanez, Isabelle Giasson)

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Place des Canotiers: Parkade, Artifact Wall, and Public Realm Urban Architecture

Lead Firm: DAOUST LESTAGE + ABCP

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Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Domestic Insurgency - Towards Affordable Housing in Vancouver Student Projects

Lead: James Banks (University of Waterloo)

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The 4th Ave Flyover Community Initiatives

Lead: Tawab Hlimi, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Calgary

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More Awesome Now Laneway Activations Urban Fragments

Lead Firm: HCMA Architecture + Design

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Six Points Interchange Urban Design Plans

Lead Firm: SvN Architects + Planners and HDR inc.

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2016
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Civic Design Projects

PLANT Architect Inc. | Perkins + Will Canada in Joint Venture, with Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture and Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects

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Union Street EcoHeritage Urban Architecture

SHAPE Architecture Inc.

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Technopôle Angus - Phase II Urban Design Plans

Provencher_Roy

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Entre les Rangs Urban Fragments

Kanva

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Impulse Urban Fragments

Lateral Office / CS Design

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Impose Student Projects

Brad Comis, Sebastien Sauve-Hoover, Danielle Soneff of Threshold Art and Design working with Jesse Sherburne.

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The Bench Project Community Initiatives

Developers: anonymous
Designers: anonymous

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Regenerating Rossdale Student Projects

Michael Zabinski, Designer

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Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Gore Pedestrianization Initiative: Veterans’ Place Community Initiatives

The MBTW Group

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Quartier des spectacles Urban Fragments

Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles

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Lansdowne Park Civic Design Projects

PFS Studio

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Queen Richmond Centre West Urban Architecture

Sweeny&Co Architects Inc.

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University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan Urban Design Plans

Urban Strategies Inc.

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Limoilou dans la rue Urban Fragments

Groupe A / Annexe U

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Special Jury Award
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
St. Patrick's Island Park Sustainable Development

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

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Kinsmen Park Small or Medium Community Urban Design

space2place design inc.

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2014
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
University of Winnipeg Students' Association bikeLAB Community Initiatives

Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Inc.

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Blatchford Redevelopment Masterplan Urban Design Plans

Perkins+Will Canada

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Collaborative Exercise 2013: An Architecture of Civility Student Projects

Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science, George T. Kapelos, FRAIC, MCIP, Coordinator

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Westminster Pier Park Civic Design Projects

PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

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Jiigew [By the Water] Urban Fragments

Brook McIlroy Architects / SPMB

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Place Pierre Boucher and Platon Park Civic Design Projects

Urbanex division of Roche Ltd.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Claire & Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art Urban Architecture

Provencher_Roy

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Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
NCC Rideau Canal Skateway Chalets Urban Fragments

CSV Architects

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Market Square Civic Design Projects

Janet Rosenberg + Studio Inc.

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Ryerson Image Centre and School of Image Arts Urban Architecture

Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing Urban Fragments

PLANT Architect Inc.

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The Landscape of Memory: Poppy Plaza Civic Design Projects

The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc.

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11 Division - Toronto Police Service Urban Architecture

Stantec Architecture, E.R.A. (Heritage Architecture)
gh3 (Landscape Architecture)

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Revitalization of Victoria Park Subway Station Civic Design Projects

TTC – Concept Design, SGA/IBI Architects – Details Design / Project Architect, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect – Landscape, Green Roof, Brown + Storey Architects Inc. – Urban Design, Aniko Maszaros – Public Artist, Owner/Client – Toronto Transit CommissionUrban Architecture 

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Central Transit Corridor - Community Building Strategy Urban Design Plans

Urban Strategies Inc.

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Special Jury Award
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
City of Nanaimo Downtown Urban Design Manual and Guidelines Small or Medium Community Urban Design

D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

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Evergreen Brick Works Sustainable Development

DTAH Architects Ltd.

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2012
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
East Village Master Plan Urban Design Plans

Broadway Malyan, with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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ESPA 2010 Mural Project (aka "Transition" Mural Project) Urban Fragments

Edmonton Small Press Association (ESPA)

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North Vancouver City Library Urban Architecture

Diamond Schmitt Architects and CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, in joint venture

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Gathering Circle Urban Fragments

Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie

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Feed Toronto: Growing the Hydrofields Student Projects

Drew Adams / Fadi Masoud / Karen May / Denise Pinto / Jameson Skaife
University of Toronto

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Canada's Sugar Beach Civic Design Projects

Claude Cormier + Associés and Waterfront Toronto, with The Planning Partnership

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Certificate of Merit
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Loose Change Student Projects

(Rico) Chun Fung Law, Anne-Marie Desmeules, Aisha Sheikh
McGill University

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Garden City Play Environment, City of Richmond Civic Design Projects

space2place design inc., with POD Design

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One Cole, Regent Park, Toronto Urban Architecture

Diamond Schmitt Architects, with Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc., NAK Design Strategies

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Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study Urban Design Plans

Brook McIlroy and the City of Toronto, with ERA Architects, Quadrangle Architects, Urban Marketing Collaborative

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West Toronto Railpath Civic Design Projects

Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Prime)
Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

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YVR Vancouver International Airport Urban Design Plans

Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.

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Elm Street Four Unit Infill Urban Architecture

Jason C. Flynn Architect Inc.

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Special Jury Award
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Marché Lionel Daunais Small or Medium Community Urban Design

Sylvie Perrault architectes / Atelier Urban Face Inc.

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Sherbourne Common Sustainable Development

Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and Waterfront Toronto, with The Planning Partnership

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2010
Award of Excellence Recipient
Recipient(s) Award Category Firm(s)
Capital Health Centre Urban Fragments

Dub Architects Ltd.

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City_Program: Hybrid Area Student Projects

Virginie Pontbriand, Anik Malderis and Alexandre Guilbeault

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Manitoba Hydro Place Urban Architecture

Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Smith Carter Architects & Engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering

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