News Release
February 25, 2021

The Toronto Urban Design Awards, held by the City of Toronto every second year, recognize achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. The call for 2021 submissions is now open. Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others are invited to enter eligible projects. The deadline for submissions is noon on Monday, April 26. (updated time)


Submission categories include elements, private buildings in context, public buildings in context, small open spaces, large places or neighbourhood designs, visions and master plans, and student projects. Design students are also encouraged to enter theoretical or studio projects relating to Toronto.


This year will focus on both the recent growth as well as the post-pandemic city, and the equity issues that have emerged.


The Toronto Urban Design Awards promote and enhance quality of life through good urban design practices. Good design is the foundation of cityscapes that are functional and attractive. Celebrating excellence in urban design helps create a city that appeals to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

The City will hold a virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 14 to celebrate all entries and announce the winners. The 2021 ceremony will be an online event that will be open for anyone to attend from their own home. The ceremony will celebrate and recognize the work of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, land developers, builders, urban policy makers, design professionals, artists and design students.


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