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Ottawa Urban Design Awards 2015

15 May 2015

Important Dates

Registration Closes: 06 August 2015
Submission Deadline: 06 August 2015
Winner Announcement: TBD
Award Ceremony: 30 September 2015


The 2015 Ottawa Urban Design Awards celebrate projects built in the City of Ottawa that exhibit urban design excellence. The awards will honour exceptional projects built in Ottawa between September 1, 2013 and September 1, 2015. 

Please join the City of Ottawa to celebrate excellence in urban design

Award Ceremony

Event Program

5 pm Cash bar and light fare available as you view the award submissions
6 pm Awards ceremony
 7 pm Urban Forum’s Speaker Series featuring architect, Jack Diamond

Good urban design is how buildings, landscapes and adjacent public spaces function together to enhance the public realm. It includes the art of place making and designing the built environment to be appreciated and enjoyed at the human scale. This is not an architecture award.

The author of the winning submission of each category will receive an Award of Excellence, which acknowledges a project that achieves urban design excellence and meets the judging criteria. Other entries in each category will be eligible to win an Award of Merit. An important distinction between the two awards is that the winners of the Awards of Excellence will be forwarded by the City to compete nationally in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2016 Urban Design Awards Program as representative of the City of Ottawa.

The five categories are (1) Urban Infill, (2) Public Places and Civic Spaces, (3) Urban Elements, (4) Student Projects, and (5) Visions and Master Plans. 

Winning projects will:

  • Demonstrate clear urban design intent and merit
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm / quality of place
  • Demonstrate design and architectural excellence
  • Contribute to the wider appreciation of urban design
  • Achieve a human scale relationship with the immediate context
  • Contribute in a substantive way to the City's environmental and ecological health
  • Be important to pedestrian and liveability issues
  • Be innovative and trend setting
  • Be open to transformation over time in a positive way

More information on the competition, including the submission entry form, can be found on the Ottawa Urban Design Awards website.