Award Categories for Urban Design & Architecture Awards

Award categories have been established to aid in the fair evaluation of entries. A project or components of a project may be submitted under more than one category.

Award Categories

A stand-alone object, public art installation, landscape element or small-scale building component which contributes to the public realm. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: tactical urbanism, street furnishings, canopies, signage, porches, patios, or colonnades, gateways, light fixtures, walkways, stairways, barrier-free access, fences and works of art.

Criteria

  • Contribution to the public realm
  • Quality of execution
  • Innovation and uniqueness

A building or composition of buildings, that achieve(s) urban design excellence and is precedent setting for a project of its type through its relationship to the natural environment and the public realm with consideration to pedestrian amenity, massing, detailing, as well as landscaping. Submissions should document and highlight how the project contributes to successful city-building through its contextual relationship, design quality and measures of sustainable design. New build, adaptive re-use, and heritage restoration projects are all eligible.

The Building in Context category consists of three sub-categories that reflect a range of scales:

  • Residential
  • Commercial/Industrial
  • Mixed Use

Criteria

  • Contribution to the public realm
  • Success of massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration
  • Quality of execution
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency

A building or a composition of buildings, with a primary function to serve the public and/or is largely accessible to the public. Submissions should demonstrate urban design and architectural excellence through a relationship to the natural environment and the public realm with consideration to pedestrian amenity, massing, detailing, as well as landscaping.

In this category, all building scales are eligible, as well as new build, adaptive re-use, and heritage restoration. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: education, health care, recreation, cultural, community and civic buildings.

Criteria

  • Contribution to the public realm
  • Success of massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration
  • Quality of execution
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency

Open spaces, public spaces and green infrastructure projects that contribute to the public realm and the natural environment through careful attention and consideration to context, community, sustainability, flexibility and adaptability over time.

Criteria

  • Contribution to the public realm
  • Quality of execution
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency

Visions, studies and master plans that have the potential to significantly impact the future of Hamilton. Submissions may include but are not limited to: theoretical and visionary projects, secondary plans, master plans, streetscape plans and neighbourhood designs that are currently in progress.

Criteria

  • Comprehensiveness  
  • Creative solutions
  • Clarity and execution

Urban design or architecture related initiatives, services, or projects that have had significant civic, social, and/or public realm impacts.

Criteria

  • Community involvement
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Clarity and execution

High quality theoretical or studio projects that specifically relate to Hamilton. Students that attend universities offering degrees in architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning are welcome to submit an entry.

a. Landscape Architecture
b. Architecture

Criteria

  • Comprehensiveness  
  • Creative solutions
  • Clarity and execution