2008 National Urban Design Awards

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 National Urban Design Awards.

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 in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, wishes 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 and sustainability in our Canadian cities.

The RAIC, CIP and CSLA gratefully acknowledge the endorsement and support of the National Capital Commission and Natural Resources Canada.

The recipients are as follows:

Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Plans
Le Campus Outremont, Montreal, Quebec by Groupe Cardinal Hardy in collaboration with Provencher Roy + Associs architectes

Urban Architecture
Canada’s National Ballet School/Project Grand Jet: Stage 1 Jarvis Street Campus and Radio City, Toronto, Ontario by Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, architectsAlliance, and Urban Strategies

Civic Design Projects
Corktown Footbridge, Ottawa, Ontario by Delcan and Du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Du Toit Architects Limited

Urban Fragments
Making the Edible Campus, Montreal, Quebec by Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University School of Architecture

Special Jury Award for Sustainable Development
Lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ontario by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Special Jury Award Small or Medium Community: Urban Design Award
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario by Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Student Award: Individual Thesis
iCITY: Public Space v2.0 by Allison Wood, University of Calgary

Certificates of Merit were given to the following:

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans
River Landing Riverfront Master Plan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by Crosby Hanna & Associates, Landscape Architecture & Planning

Urban Architecture
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario by Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Biological Sciences Buildings, Universit du Qubec, Montreal, Quebec by Saia Barbarese Topouzanov architectes in consortium with Ttreault Languedoc architectes

Civic Design Projects
7 Avenue LRT Refurbishment, Calgary, Alberta by Sturgess Architecture
Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia by Boldwing Continuum Architects Inc.

Community Improvement Project
Calgary Starts Here: Olympic Plaza Cultural District Strategy, Calgary, Alberta by Cultural District Renaissance Society of Alberta (operating as the Olympic Plaza Cultural District)

Student Work/Projects: Studio-Based Work
False Creek, Vancouver, BC by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture: Professor Alan Tate, CSLA with students Erin Ediger, Hope Gunn, Christine Haylock, Qi Liao, Suzy Melo, Leanne Muir, Charles Sands, Elizabeth Thiel, and Linda Yee