RAIC announces National Urban Design Award recipients

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2006 National Urban Design Awards in the following categories:

Conceptual /Theoretical Urban Design
Southeast False Creek Public Realm Plan
Stantec Architecture Ltd., PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc. and the City of Vancouver

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans
Bow Valley Centre Masterplan
Sturgess Architecture in association with Carlyle and Associates, and Keith Orlesky

Urban Architecture
The South Circle Building
D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism

Civic Design Projects
Quartier international de Montral
Concept: Daoust Lestage inc. architecture design urbain
Development: Le consortium Daoust Lestage inc. and Provencher Roy Associs

Urban Fragments
Ottawa Airport Water Feature, Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport
Brisbin Brook Beynon, Architects in association with Stantec

Community Improvement Projects
Mole Hill Housing Project
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden / S.R. McEwen Associated Architects

Student Projects
The Lane
Jing Xu, University of British Columbia School of Architecture
Urban Garden Live + Work
Karen Conty, Carleton University School of Architecture

Sustainability Award for Urban Architecture
Red River College, Princess Street Campus
Corbett Cibinel Architects

Certificates of Merit were also issued:

Community Improvement Projects
TSA Guide Map: Toronto Architecture 1953-2003
Toronto Society of Architects Map Committee

Urban architecture
Le Quartier Concordia: Phase 1 2001-2005, Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex, Sir George Williams Campus, Concordia University, Montreal
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects / Fichten Soiferman Associs Architectes, in joint venture

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans
Dockside Green
Busby Perkins + Will Architects

Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Projects
Espace Dallaire
Brire, Gilbert + associs, architectures et design urbain

“Cities don’t need to be capitals or large metropolitan areas with access to hordes of government and industry monies in order to thrive. They just need to follow good design, whether through revitalization of existing urban areas or the development of new ones and involve everyone, from those working in municipal planning offices to residents of communities and neighbourhoods” said RAIC President Yves Gosselin, FIRAC. “The RAIC National Urban Design Awards recognize those who have risen to the challenge and brought about culture to their community.”

With support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the RAIC was also able to select special Vancouver Awards as part of this year’s 2006 National Urban Design Awards.

Two projects in the Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design category received honours:

University of British Columbia University Boulevard
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners in association with Hughes Condon Marler Architects
Marinaside Crescent
James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.

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, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa as well as submissions from other communities in Canada.

The National Urban Design Awards will be presented by the presidents of the RAIC, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects at 5:00pm during Super Saturday on June 17, 2006, during the culmination of the joint RAIC-Architectural Institute of BC Conference and Festival of Architecture in Vancouver. Super Saturday brings together “city builders,” delegates from the three urban planning and design professions – Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. It also marks the beginning of the World Urban Forum (WUF), an international conference sponsored by UN-HABITAT.