Winners of the sustainable design poster competition announced

The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), in association with the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC), and the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), held its fourth annual poster design competition to promote and raise awareness around green buildings and sustainable design.

Sustainable design spans an incredible range. This competition was 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. The 2009 competition invited submissions to produce an image to draw attention to the value of green design and illustrate how design can enhance economic, social and ecological sustainability.

A record number of submissions from over 30 countries were received. Finalists were selected on the basis of originality and creativity in describing, representing or suggesting the theme; design excellence; and design adaptability in whole or part for other media applications or formats.

The jury was comprised of Larry Brydon, Chair, CaGBC-GTC; Debbie Adams, Principal, Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc; Susan Lewin, Vice Chair, TSA; and Meg Graham, Chair, TSA.


The first-place winner was Veronika Schmidt of Finland for her poster entitled Sustainable Evolution Now! Coming in second were Winston Chong & Annie Lee, and third place honours were given to Morteza Behrooz & Sona Hajiaghayari. Two honourable mentions were noted: Amy Poon and Andy Barnes.

The jury also selected a number of designs to be part of the 2009 competition exhibit. They include submissions from Aleksandar Janicijevic, Michèle Champagne, Marija Maric, Cláudio Reis, Poneet Rahul and Ningxin Zhu.

Congratulations to all! The TSA would also like to thank everyone who participated, everyone who submitted a design, and everyone who supported this competition. It has been a tremendous success!

To see more of the winning entries please visit