2017 Awards of Excellence

2017 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence

Canadian Architect invites architects registered in Canada and architectural graduates to enter
the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

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To enter, you must be either (A) an architect registered in Canada or (B) a graduate of an accredited Canadian architecture school holding a professional degree from that school.

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 21, 2017. All projects must be commissioned by a client with the intention to build the submitted proposal. All building types and concisely presented urban design schemes are eligible.

Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the following criteria (with all criteria being weighted equally):

  1. Physical organization and form, including attention to composition and detail
  2. Response to program, site, geographic and/or urban context
  3. Innovation in concept, process, materials, building systems and/or implementation
  4. Demonstration of exemplary environmental and/or social awareness


Each entry is to be submitted as a PDF file, consisting of up to twelve (12) pages in horizontal format no larger than 11” x 17” and a maximum file size of 25 MB. To facilitate in the judging process, an additional single feature image of the project is required, not to exceed 3 MB in size.

Each entry should include drawings and images including site plan, floor plans, sections, elevations and/or model views.

Each entry should include a text of up to 500 words on the first page of the PDF, consisting of a brief description of the project. Additional descriptive text of up to 1000 words more may be included within the PDF file.

You have the option to submit a video up to two (2) minutes in length to explain the key concepts of your proposal. To submit the video, first upload it to a YouTube account that does not identify you or your firm by name. Then paste the YouTube link in the video section of the submission form. Also, include the link on the first page of your PDF submission. Please do not include links to any additional audiovisual materials, as they will not be considered.

The designer’s name must NOT appear on the submission except on the entry form. The project name and location should be identified and must match the project name on the submission form.


Early-Bird Entries (by August 17, 2017): $120.00 plus applicable taxes
Regular Entries (by September 21, 2017): $175.00 plus applicable taxes

All payments are processed online, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
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Award winners will be notified after judging takes place in October 2017.

Framed certificates will be given to each winning architect team and client. The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in Toronto on November 29, 2017. Details to follow upon notification of winners.

Winners will be published in a special issue of Canadian Architect in December 2017. Winners grant Canadian Architect first publication rights for their winning submissions.