Program

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and recipients.

We are proud to bring you some of the highest quality design work occurring in our city.

It is with great pleasure that we present to you the 2022 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards.

Tonight, we celebrate and acknowledge the important contribution of Calgary urban designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners and artists to the livability of our city.

Conceptual or Theoretical Projects

  • Millican Ogden Community Design Concepts
  • Office Retrofit
  • The Southview Affordable Housing
  • University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering Redevelopment
  • Reclaiming Public Ground
  • Lots of Space
  • Calgary Japanese Community Centre

Urban Design Plans

  • BARRON
  • Balmoral Circus
  • Eau Claire Plaza Public Realm Design
  • Midfield Heights
  • Foothills McMahon Concept Plan

Urban Architecture

  • 17th Avenue - Beacon
  • Christine Meikle School
  • Bridlewood Park
  • Glenbow Revitalization
  • The Dorian Hotel
  • The Ampersand
  • West Village Towers
  • Dominion
  • Le VIRAGE
  • The District at Beltline
  • MONTREAL HOUSE
  • General Block
  • Platform Innovation
  • Centre & Parkade

Civic Design Projects

  • Contemporary Calgary
  • 1601 Kensington
  • Dale Hodges Park
  • Participatory Multiculturalism
  • Brawn Family Foundation Rotary Park

Urban Fragments

  • Analog is Dialogue
  • Park Park
  • WOWie!
  • 5th Street Underpass Enhancement
  • South Glenmore Point Bank and Upslope Restoration Project
  • Le VIRAGE
  • Flyover Park
  • #CalgaryKind
  • Land Acknowledgement Signage
  • Letters Home
  • [ARTIOS] The Artistic Patios of East Village
  • East Village Nordic Loop

Community Initiatives Award

  • High Park
  • Journey to Freedom Park
  • Kids Reimagine School Streets

The Confluence Award

  • Montgomery Main Streets
  • Lougheed Building
  • Century Gardens Redevelopment
  • Rehabilitation of Historic City Hall
  • South Bank Mixed Use Development
  • Reconciliation Bridge Lighting Program
  • Lois Szabo Commons

City Edge Development

  • Brookfield Residential YMCA
  • Winston at Walden
  • Khalsa School Calgary
  • Alpine Park
  • Plaza

Green & Resilient Design

  • Quarry Park Fish Habitat Compensation
  • August at University District
  • GROW

Housing Innovation

  • GROW
  • Bridlewood Park
  • Clifton House
  • Bishop’s Manor
  • Cambridge Manor and Maple
  • Alto
  • Bamburgh
  • Carisbrooke Residence
  • Ramsay Tower
  • Varsity Multiservice Redevelopment
  • PEAKS + PLAINS
  • Kensington Laneway House
  • Project Thrive: NEOMA
  • AVLI on Atlantic
  • MT PLEASANT ATTAINABLE HOMES
  • It Take a Village 3.0
  • The Hive in Sunnyside; Missing Middle

Student Projects:

  • Millican Ogden Community Design Concepts
  • Anastomose
  • Ogden: The Past + Future Community
  • Pixel on the Bow
  • The Natural Beat
  • Connecting to the Bow River
  • Patterns of Connection and Movement
  • Urban Acupuncture
  • Cider Creek District Master Plan
  • Euphoria
  • Building Skateboarding -  An Exploration of DIY Skate Spots & Tactical Urbanism in Calgary, AB
  • Half / Half

 

 

Award submission categories


1. Conceptual or Theoretical Projects

A plan or a study of an area within Calgary that provides a strategy for urban transformation. It is intended for unbuilt work and is not dependent on implementation status. Visionary urban design studies, master plans, redevelopment strategies and community plans of high ambition and inspirational value may be submitted.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Employs a holistic, systemic approach to city-building
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and strategic foresight to address current and future challenges
  • Reflects the city that Calgary aspires to be - inclusive, diverse, equitable, adaptable, resilient, energetic and lively

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

2. Urban Design Plans

A study of an area within Calgary that provides a development or redevelopment strategy for urban transformation. It is intended for work that has some certainty of implementation within a mid-term to long-term timeframe. Urban Design studies, master plans, redevelopment strategies, and community plans of high inspirational value with the potential for significant impact on the city’s sustainability or development may be submitted.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Addresses a wide a range of factors affecting development
  • Highlights new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city
  • Addresses Calgarians’ shared priorities and vision around inclusivity, diversity, equity, climate, resilience, identity and context

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

3. Urban Architecture

A building or group of buildings that are integral to high urban design quality. The submission may be for an individual building or group of buildings, of high architectural standard, which achieve urban design excellence through their unique relationship with their immediate surroundings. The building(s) will also contribute to defining a special relationship with the neighbouring urban fabric in terms of siting, massing, and pedestrian amenities. Interior spaces can be included if they have a strong relationship to/influence on the public realm. 

Eligibility:

A new building, a renovated building, or complex of buildings completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary, and designed by a registered architect. Special consideration will be given to buildings that also achieve, or can achieve, a green building rating (such as LEED® or BREEAM). This category is open only to registered architects.

Award criteria:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm
  • Architectural excellence
  • Demonstration of the unique relationship with/influence on/creation of public realm

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

4. Civic Design Projects

This category recognizes a civic improvement project such as a park, a public space, civil engineering or infrastructure project. The design will reinforce the value of urban design through its unique relationship with and/or creation of innovative public realm which addresses inclusivity, sustainability, and engagement with community and context.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Shows awareness of current City of Calgary objectives to respond to issues of equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and climate adaptation positive contribution to the public realm
  • design excellence
  • demonstration of the value of urban design **and its ability to creatively address issues of inclusivity and sustainability while engaging with its context.

Design Rationale should be clearly described and well illustrated.

5. Urban Fragments

Single or multiple small-scale pieces of a building or landscape that contribute significantly to the quality of the public realm. This category includes elements such as street furniture, lighting elements, interpretation media, memorials, public art, or other forms of intervention that contribute to the beautification, sustainability, enjoyment, and/or appreciation of the urban environment. Projects can be of a temporary (but not ephemeral) or permanent nature.

Eligibility:

Completed or installed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

The primary criteria for assessing the proposals will be:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm
  • Design excellence
  • Innovation and uniqueness of the element

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated. 

6. Community Initiatives Award

Any built project or community improvement program, however modest, initiated and implemented by a community-based organization or partnership that enhances the public realm. Streetscaping, public art, commemorative or interpretive installations, activation strategies, and environmental initiatives are examples of this category.

Eligibility:

The improvement must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Wide community involvement: Demonstration of how the community initiated and implemented the improvements
  • Positive contribution to the public realm
  • Innovation and uniqueness of the built project
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated
  • Reflects neighbourhood cultural and resident diversity 

Design Rationale should be clearly described and well illustrated.

7. The Confluence Award

(Formerly the Mawson Award)

A public space, building, or group of buildings that achieve urban design excellence and creativity through awareness of the Calgary context, particularly its history, identity, location, and culture.

 

Eligibility:

All types of buildings and public spaces are eligible, including landmarks, new construction or restorations/transformations. The project must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary. Submissions should demonstrate visionary city-building and aspire to be culturally and historically reflective and aesthetically significant.

 

Award criteria:

  • Innovation in response to existing context, sensitive infill, and revitalization
  • Positive and enduring contribution to the public realm
  • Enhancement of community identity, history, and Calgary culture
  • Demonstration of the influence of local context and culture on the design outcome
  • Design excellence

Design and contextual-fit rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

8. City Edge Development

Site plans, studies, architecture, landscape designs and site elements that respond specifically to the challenges and opportunities presented on sites located in all recently developed and newly developing areas around the edges of Calgary.

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, and be located or proposed within Calgary but outside the “Established Communities”; it may or may not yet have been implemented. All project types are eligible, including large and medium retail and multi-residential designs.

Award criteria:

  • Innovation in addressing challenges specific to sites in new and developing communities
  • Demonstration of attention to issues of scale, animation, connectivity, accessibility, interface between public and private realm and other key urban design principles; in particular, evidence of place-making and prioritization of the pedestrian realm should be highlighted
  • Presents new approaches to design and development in the new communities within Calgary
  • Demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and addresses social equity issues such as affordability and accessibility

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

9. Green & Resilient Design

Projects that boldly respond to the Climate Emergency through excellence in sustainable design by reducing energy and resource consumption of buildings, and by improving occupant health and wellness, all while showcasing urban design excellence.

Eligibility:

Projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. The project must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

A wide range of criteria from the City of Calgary Sustainable Development Inventory will be considered, including:

  • Energy efficiency and measures to reduce operational GHG emissions
  • Efforts to reduce the project’s embodied carbon
  • Design measures to improve occupant health and wellness
  • Water efficiency and storm water management
  • Design approaches that respond to the increasing risk of extreme weather
  • Uses renewable energy technologies
  • Design approach highlights innovation in sustainable design
  • Promotes alternative means of transportation (cycling, pedestrian experience, etc.)
  • Promotes positive public experience and the betterment of the surrounding community, by addressing social equity issues such as affordability and accessibility.

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

10. Housing Innovation

Residential design projects, constructed or approved, of any size or scale, which demonstrate innovation in the areas of neighbourhood intensification, accessibility, affordability, “aging in place”, and promotes wellness through healthy living environments. Particularly, the award focuses on designs which contribute to creative solutions to the problems of housing diversity and affordability, providing improved livability for seniors, and simple, viable housing design options for those citizens facing mobility challenges.   

Eligibility:

A building or complex of buildings approved or completed construction after Jan. 1, 2012, within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Exhibits innovations which address one or more of the challenging design issues listed above
  • Illustrates an awareness of and response to existing surrounding context
  • Contributes to the public realm in a positive way
  • Strives to achieve a healthy and high quality of life for its occupants through design innovation
  • Supports social outcomes and/or community well-being through partnerships or collaboration

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

11. Student Projects

The Student Projects category will be administered through participating Canadian Universities, programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and/or urban planning. Each school may forward submissions for each of the following categories:

  • A submission from a structured Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture or Planning studio
  • A submission as a result of a final project or an individual thesis

Eligibility:

This category is open to students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Projects should investigate sites or be implementable on sites within Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: Addressing a wide range of factors affecting development and providing solutions to the stated problem
  • Conceptual clarity and urban design excellence, as demonstrated in the illustrations showing physical improvements

Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.