2012 National Urban Design Awards recognize projects across the country

Architecture Canada | RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects have announced the winners of the 2012 National Urban Design Awards.

The North Vancouver City Library in North Vancouver by Diamond Schmitt Architects and CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, in joint venture have taken the top spot in the Urban Architecture category, while Elm Street Four Unit Infill in Ottawa by Jason C. Flynn Architect Inc. and One Cole in Toronto’s Regent Park by Diamond Schmitt Architects with Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc., NAK Design Group were recognized with Certificates of Merit.

In the Urban Design Plans category, the East Village Master Plan in Calgary by Broadway Malyan with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants won the top award, and two projects received Certificates of Merit: Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study by Brook McIlroy and the City of Toronto with ERA Architects, Quadrangle Architects and the Urban Marketing Collaborative; and VYR Vancouver International Airport in Richmond by Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.

Two projects won awards in the Urban Fragments category: ESPA 2010 Mural Project (aka “Transition” Mural Project) in Edmonton by the Edmonton Small Press Association, and Gathering Circle in Thunder Bay by Brook McIlroy and Ryan Gorrie.

Canada’s Sugar Beach in Toronto by Claude Cormier + Associés and Waterfront Toronto with The Planning Partnership took top spot in the Civic Design Projects category, while two Certificates of Merit were claimed by Garden City Play Environment, City of Richmond by space2place design inc. with POD Design; and West Toronto Railpath by Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Prime) and Brown and Storey Architects Inc.

Marché Lionel Daunais in Boucherville by Sylvie Perrault architectes / Atelier Urban Face Inc. won the only Award in the Civic Design Projects (Small Town) category. Meanwhile, Sherbourne Common in Toronto by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and Waterfront Toronto with The Planning Partnership took the prize in the Civic Design Projects (Sustainable Award) category.

Finally, in the Student Project category, Feed Toronto: Growing the Hydrofields (Pickering, Ontario) by Drew Adams/Fadi Masoud/Karen May/Denise Pinto/Jameson Skaife won the top spot, followed by Loose Change (Montreal) by Chun Fung Law/Anne-Marie Desmeules/Aisha Sheikh, who won a Certificate of Merit.

“The National Urban Design Awards recognize that architecture and urban design impact society and enriches our lives and stand as clear evidence that Architecture matters,” said Architecture Canada | RAIC President David Craddock, FRAIC. “We are proud to celebrate the range of projects from communities across Canada and the calibre of this year’s award recipients.”

“Creating vibrant communities is at the core of what we do,” said Andrea Gabor FCIP RPP, CIP President. “The Canadian Institute of Planners knows good urban design is essential; and that beautiful urban design is inspirational. This year’s winners are a shining example of the excellence of both – congratulations to all!”

According to Liane McKenna, MBCSLA, FCSLA, CSLA President, “The 2012 National Urban Design Awards highlight the vital role played by the design community in building lively, safe and sustainable cities. Each project shows how our public life and urban spaces enhance our lives and how dramatic changes can emphasize their excellence.”

The RAIC, CIP and CSLA, in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, promote public and private awareness of urban design through this Awards program, which was established to recognize individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to the sustainability and quality of life in our Canadian cities.

The National Urban Design Awards are part of a two-tier program held in co-operation with major metropolitan centres in Canada. Recipients are previous year’s winners from participating municipalities, such as Toronto, Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, Vaughan and Ottawa, as well as submissions from other communities in Canada.

The National Urban Design Awards will be presented at an award ceremony held during IIDEX NeoCon Canada at 3:30pm on September 21, 2012 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.

Descriptions and downloadable images of the winning projects and firms responsible are available at www.raic.org.