2009 Green Poster Design Competition

The Toronto Society of Architects in association with the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) and the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) invite submissions for its 2009 Poster Design Competition. The purpose of the competition is to produce an image that draws attention to the value of green design, and that illustrates how design can enhance economic, social, and ecological sustainability. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three top winners.


“This competition is based on the idea that sustainable design is an integrated process that is fundamentally about: improving the quality of life; maintaining a unique sense of place; supporting the cultural and economic vitality of our communities; and, improving the health and sustainability of the environments we inhabit,” says Susan Spencer Lewin, Vice Chair of the TSA. “The posters created through this competition will be used to generate public awareness of sustainable design through exhibits, promotions, and printed materials.”

Competition sponsors include Astley-Gilbert, the Festival of Architecture and Design (fAd), Spacing magazine and Toronto the Good. Additional sponsors are welcome.

The competition is open to everyone, including students and professional artists. Participants must register by May 1, 2009 and submissions are due by May 15, 2009 (only electronic submissions will be accepted).


Designs may use any form of photography, illustration, collage, or typography, provided no copyrights are violated in the design. Intellectual property rights (copyright and moral rights) of the poster design submissions will remain with the designers. Posters must be A1 size (594 x 841 mm / 23.4 x 33.1 inches)


Judging is scheduled for May 22, 2009.

Full details about the competition, including a copy of the competition brief, are available on the TSA website at http://www.torontosocietyofarchitects.ca/?q=node/94 or by writing to poster@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca.

Announcements and exhibition of the winners will be made at the Toronto the Good party, which will be taking place during fAd. The TSA will announce a list of exhibition venues at this time as well. Interested parties and sponsors should contact the TSA at 416.216.2147 or tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca.

About the Toronto Society of Architects
Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit volunteer-based organization comprised of architects, interns, students, urbanists, politicians, academics, retirees, citizens and enthusiasts. The TSA plays an advocacy role in the City, ensuring that architecture and design are key considerations in public discussions and in processes that have an impact on our urban environment. For more information on TSA, visit


About the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter
Canada Green Building Council – GTC is Toronto’s leading organization for the promotion of green buildings and communities in the Greater Toronto Area. The Chapter focuses on integrating building industry sectors, leading market transformation, and educating owners and practitioners. More information about the CaGBC can be found at


About the Design Industry Advisory Committee
DIAC was formed in January 2001 by City of Toronto Economic Development and comprised of stakeholders of the design industry and the Design Exchange. It set as its primary goal the strengthening of design related strategic partnerships that address human resource issues and economic development in Ontario. DIAC envisions a future Ontario in which the design industry workforce expands its skills and capabilities in order to play a vital role in the economic and social health of the province. More information about DIAC can be found at