Phyllis Lambert Design Montreal Grant: launch of the call for applications to young design professionals

The Mayor of Montreal, Gérald Tremblay, is pleased to announce the call for applications for the annual Phyllis Lambert Design Montreal Grant. Destined for young design professionals, this grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montreal designers and foster their professional recognition. The winner will receive a $10,000 award to fund a professional development project in one of the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montrdal is a member. A promotional campaign will also be organized to raise awareness of the winner among his or her industry peers as well as the general public.


“I am proud to support and promote the growth of our young designers. We hope that by its support of a professional development initiative, this grant will provide a major boost in advancing a design career for the winner, and will promote integration of the next generation of creators into the industry,” the Mayor said. “Indeed, UNESCO has acknowledged the immense creative potential of our designers, through its designation of Montreal as a UNESCO City of Design, based on the fact that talent is so strongly concentrated here. In encouraging exchanges between designers from here and abroad, along with the development of international networks and markets, the City of Montreal is not only lending its support to emerging designers, but also helping to energize and strengthen the Creative Cities Network, making it more vital and tangible.”


The Phyllis Lambert Design Montreal Grant rewards the talent of a young Montreal designer with fewer than 10 years’ professional practice, and having demonstrated exceptional quality in studies and work as well as marked interest in the city. The grant must be used to fund a professional development project – for example, a study trip, a work internship, participation in a design competition, workshop, or symposium or any other activity relevant to the advancement of a nascent design career. The first grant was awarded last year to Philippe Lamarre, graphic designer, publisher and co-founder of both the Toxa design studio and Urbania magazine, for his project to create a collaborative website documenting the visual heritage of three UNESCO Cities of Design: Berlin, Buenos Aires and Montreal.


Created by the City of Montreal in 2008, the grant is named in honour of Phyllis Lambert, a great Montrealer and staunch defender of emerging designers. It underscores her remarkable contribution to the international reputation of Montreal and to the quality of life of its citizens, as well as the decisive influence she has had on the quality of urban planning, architecture, heritage and design in the city.


Interested candidates must submit their files no later than 4:30 pm. on April 14, 2009 to the following address:


Bourse Phyllis-Lambert Design Montréal

Ville de Montréal

Bureau Design Montréal

303, rue Notre-Dame Est, 6e étage

Montréal, Québec  H2Y 3Y8


The application form and eligibility criteria are available at A jury made up of representatives recognized by the design community will evaluate each eligible application on the basis of its quality and the interest of the proposed project. The announcement of the winner will be made in June 2009.