Urban Design & Architecture Awards Jury

The City selects a new jury for each competition. The jury consists of six individuals with a background and expertise in urban design, architecture ore related fields. In the past, jury members have included urban designers, architects, landscape architects, journalists, instructors and planners.

Jury members and statements

Jury members

Urban Architecture & Design Awards Judge - Renee GomesRenée Gomes is Director of Development at First Gulf Corporation, where she is focused on East Harbour, Canada’s largest planned commercial development. She has both public & private sector experience in Toronto and in England, managing the transformation of challenging urban sites into vibrant, precedent-setting communities. Her expertise includes leading complex, large-scale redevelopment initiatives from concept to implementation. As an enthusiastic champion of creative, multi-sector approaches to city building, she has developed and executed numerous strategies for achieving public policy objectives through commercially successful real estate development projects.

Prior to joining First Gulf, Renée was responsible for Waterfront Toronto’s development portfolio in the East Bayfront and West Don Lands communities, including Athletes’ Village for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. She is also a Registered Professional Planner, an adjunct faculty member of the U of T’s Graduate Program in Planning, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Evergreen, a national non-profit.

Urban Architecture & Design Awards Judge - Meg GrahamMeg Graham is a principal and co-founder of Superkül, a Toronto based architecture and design practice. Meg is known by her clients and the studio for her critical insight and passion for design. Developed over her years of practice, her expertise is broad and varied; Meg has led numerous award winning residential, institutional and retail projects, along with initiatives in master-planning and adaptive reuse.

Since 2001, Meg has taught design at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and has been a visiting lecturer/critic at several architecture schools in Canada and the US. Meg is a past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, she is a member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel and the Harvard University GSD Alumni Council. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Schools.

Urban Architecture & Design Awards Judge - John Lorinc

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, author and editor. He has written extensively about urban and municipal affairs in general, and Toronto in particular, for a range of publications, including Spacing, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus and Toronto Life. He has also reported on business, energy, education and the environment for publications such as Canadian Geographic and the New York Times’ Green Inc. blog.

John is the author of three books, including The New City: How the Crisis in Canada’s Urban Centres Is Reshaping the Nation (Penguin, 2006). He contributed essays to all five volumes of Coach House Books’ uTopia series and co-edited The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood (Coach House Books, 2015). He has received numerous awards for his journalism.


Urban Architecture & Design Awards Judge - Marc Ryan

Marc Ryan is a principal and co-founder of PUBLIC WORK, an urban design and landscape architecture studio in Toronto. Marc is educated in landscape architecture and architecture and his design practice focuses on the intersection of these disciplines.

Marc’s professional experience includes more than 15 years of practice in Canada, the United States, and Europe, where he has provided leadership in the design and implementation of public works that leverage the city’s requirements for infrastructure into a spectacular public realm.

Marc’s project experience includes park and public space design, bridge and infrastructure design, and urban design visions often related to waterfront redevelopment. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Marc Ryan was project leader at West 8 Rotterdam and studio director of West 8 Toronto.

Urban Architecture & Design Awards Judge - Paul ShakerPaul Shaker is a principal and co-founder of Civicplan, a community planning and public engagement firm based in Hamilton. Paul has over 15 years of experience in the realm of progressive placemaking. His work blends strategic thinking, planning policy, research, and public engagement into concrete plans that help citizens shape their communities.

Paul’s project experience includes participatory planning campaigns, award-winning district development plans, neighbourhood renewal strategies, and alternative transportation planning. The breadth of his experience spans the private, non-profit and public sectors at both the federal and municipal levels, which gives him an understanding of community planning in a variety of environments. 

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

Jury members

  • Donna Hinde, Landscape Architect, The Planning Partnership
  • Ken Greenberg, Urban Designer, Greenberg Consultants
  • Gordon Stratford, Architect, HOK Canada
  • Richard Allen, Director of the Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Wilson, Freelance writer, CBC Hamilton and the Hamilton Spectator
  • Steven Robichaud, Director of Planning and Chief Planner, City of Hamilton

Members of the Jury for the 2015 Urban Design & Architecture Awards

Jury statement

The Jury had the privilege of reviewing 35 projects throughout Hamilton in both urban and suburban locations. The submissions included:  new buildings, additions, renovations, restorations, adaptive re-use projects, landscapes, streetscapes and student works. The Jury was impressed by the high quality of design excellence in the City of Hamilton.

This award program serves as a way of taking Hamilton's design vital signs over the past 2 years.  The program reflects upon the positive trends and progressive design achievements, while identifying themes and neighbourhoods that are building momentum in the City. Projects, whether large or small, public or private, emphasized the important role of design in the regeneration of the City by helping to raise community spirit, inspiring positive social change, and promoting a vibrant and healthy urban environment.

The Jury was inspired to create three new categories of awards: Placemaking which contributes to the creation of community identity and landmarks; Civic Generosity which recognizes projects that promote an important public and social relationship; and Urban Regeneration which is the catalytic power fuelling the ongoing revitalization of this City.  There is strong evidence that public investment in parks, streets and infrastructure is spurring growth and private investment throughout the City.

The Jury admired the diversity of projects submitted, as they exemplify the variety of urban contexts in Hamilton and the uniqueness of Hamilton's character. In fact, many projects appeared to punch above their weight class by creating a positive transformation of their surrounding environment. The projects of most interest to the Jury did not reflect self-serving high-end design goals.  Rather, the Jury appreciated those projects that sought to fit within and reinvigorate the surrounding urban character through a cleverness of design.

Some of the projects that received awards were in recognition of Hamilton's commitment to heritage, good design, and the adaptive re-use of buildings and spaces. What intrigued the Jury was the pioneering spirit of visionary developers and owners, and their design teams that took risks by investing in projects that required great passion, bravery, and ingenuity. These projects exemplify excellence in design.

Many projects reviewed by the Jury made broad gains in environmental sustainability by incorporating a variety of leading practices and technologies that reduce waste, energy consumption and provide long-term cost savings. These projects showcase the technological prowess of design professionals and builders in Hamilton.

The Jury applauds the submission of a tactical urbanism project. These types of projects, when executed well, offer a broad range of benefits that can enhance urban life by providing creative and low cost 'quick wins'. The Jury encourages the submission of more of these small scale projects in the future.

The Jury recognises that the Urban Design and Architecture Awards program is an essential tool that has progressively elevated the status of good design in the City of Hamilton. The jury commends the work of the staff team that prepared the Awards program in 2015. The Jury would like to thank all those who submitted projects and congratulate everyone involved in a job well done!

Jury members

  • Janet Rosenberg, Landscape Architect, Janet Rosenberg Studio
  • Christopher Hume, Columnist, The Toronto Star newspaper
  • Dr. Mark Seasons Associate Dean of the School of Planning at the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
  • Tim McCabe, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton
  • Stephen Robichaud, Director of Planning, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

Jury statement

The Jury had the privilege of reviewing the project submissions that were categorized as urban design,architecture, contextual architecture, adaptive re-use, heritage conservation, cultural landscape, streetscape, and environmental design that were located throughout the City in a variety of different contexts. The Jury was impressed with the range of housing types that were submitted; single family dwellings, townhouses, apartments and affordable housing. The Jury was also impressed with the number of submissions that contribute to the local arts and cultural movements that are gaining momentum in Hamilton.

Of note is the number of submissions that were received relating to heritage conservation, and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. Of special note is the fact that several of the buildings although listed, were not designated, yet the owners ensured that their heritage character was respected. Overall, these projects are welcomed as positive examples that will inspire future projects to be attractive, engaging, innovative and sustainable.

New categories were created for cultural heritage landscapes, environmental design and contextual architecture. These award winning projects provided innovative design responses to address heritage landscapes, environmental issues and to provide a fulsome architectural response to neighbourhood context.

As a UDAA first, the Jury decided to honour two projects for overall outstanding achievement and excellence in the category of Urban Design. These projects captured the true spirit of the UDAA’s, achieving many of the objectives to create quality urban environments in which to live, work and play.

Jury members

  • Stasia Bodgan, Capital Project Management Office, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Bruce Cudmore, EDA Collaborative Inc
  • Tim McCabe, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton
  • Paul Mallard, Director of Planning, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

Jury statement

The Jury had the privilege of reviewing project submissions that included small renovations, landscapes, residential developments, commercial and office buildings, and major institutional projects. These projects are celebrated as welcomed additions to the fabric of the City and will undoubtedly inspire other projects in the City and contribute to the growing and positive transformation happening in Hamilton. 

Many of the projects incorporated sustainable design technologies and architectural systems. Outstandingly, there were six LEED certified or eligible projects that employ a wide variety of systems contributing to the wave of sustainable design sweeping through the development community. Many projects were also about community health and well-being and included designs that emphasized the important role of architecture and urban design toward the promotion of vibrant and healthy communities. Excellent public and private spaces are created with good design achieving inviting and comfortable spaces for people.

The Jury was unanimous regarding the Lister Block submission, choosing this project above all for special recognition in the category of Restoration. As a collaboration between many disciplines, this project is an outstanding achievement and showcases the fulfilment of several different objectives regarding urban design, conservation, restoration, adaptive reuse, downtown revitalization and community renewal.

The Jury would like to thank all those who submitted and congratulate all those professionals and owners involved on a job well done.

Jury members

  • Anne McIlroy, Urban Designer, Brook McIlroy Inc./Pace Architects
  • Linda Anne Irvine, Landscape Architect, Manager, Parks and Open Space Development for the Town of Markham.
  • Eric Haldenby, Architect, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge
  • Tim McCabe, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton
  • Paul Mallard, Director of Planning, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton

Jury statement

The signs of positive change and evolution in a city are often best represented by an accumulation of a number of smaller exciting projects rather than one large project. The thirty submissions to the 2007 Urban Design and Architecture Awards are a reflection of this. A majority of the entries are renovations, additions, parkettes or small buildings representing a wide range of uses from across the city. The winning submissions demonstrate that these types of projects can have a positive influence on the city's public spaces. Using limited resources, the award winning designers skilfully employ sustainable design techniques, innovative design solutions and an understanding of the local community and context to create places that have a positive impact well beyond their size. Not only are these projects welcome additions to their community but their success provides inspiration to other designers and owners across the city to create great public spaces for all Hamiltonians to enjoy no matter the scope or location of their development.

Jury members

  • Anne McIlroy, Urban Designer, Brook McIlroy Inc./Pace Architects
  • Cecelia Paine, Landscape Architect, Heritage Planner, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph
  • Joe Lobko, Architect, Private Firm
  • LeeAnn Coveyduck, General Manager, Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton
  • Tim McCabe, Director of Real Estate and Development Division,  Planning & Economic Development Department, City of Hamilton