Hotel Design Awards

Entries are still being accepted for the Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards, which celebrate the best Canadian-designed hotels around the world. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements by Canadian architects and designers working in the hospitality realm. They are open to Canadian architects and designers working both in Canada and abroad, and encompass both new hotels and resorts as well as properties that have undergone extensive renovations. Eligible projects must have been completed between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. There are 12 award categories, including Best Overall Hotel Architecture. Judging will be conducted by a panel of international jurors that includes Douglas Coupland, Matali Crasset, Moshe Safdie and Adam D. Tihany, Decisions will be based on the design’s creativity, aesthetic impact, functionality, comfort, sustainable features and innovation. Entry is free, and the deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013. For more information and to enter, visit

Visionary (re)Generation Design Competition

The University of Manitoba, in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, has launched an open international design competition seeking visionary design proposals for its 279-hectare Fort Garry Campus in Winnipeg. The campus includes the Southwood Lands, a 49-hectare (former golf course that will become a new “sustainable” neighbourhood within the university boundaries. The goal is to improve the campus experience and become a leader in innovative and sustainable environmental design. The competition involves a two-phases selection process. Up to seven selected finalists will advance to a second, more detailed design phase to fully develop their concept and vision. Eligible for participation are individuals who are entitled to use the occupational title “Architect”, ”Urban Designer/Planner“ and/or “Landscape Architect” in their country of residence. Participants must first register online at Competitor anonymity will be maintained until all work is exhibited following the competition. Registration is now open, and concludes on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The deadline for Phase 1 submission is March 11, 2013. Phase 2 entries are required by July 29, 2013. For additional information, please visit

2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence

Canadian Architect magazine is now accepting submissions for its 2012 Awards of Excellence. This annual awards program, which recognizes architectural design excellence, is open to all architects registered in Canada as well as to Canadian architectural graduates for buildings designed in Canada and abroad. Foreign architects are permitted to submit, provided they have partnered with a Canadian-registered architect. Eligible projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 13, 2012. Jurors will consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program; site, geographic and social context; physical organization; form; structure; materials; and environmental features. Project submissions will be accepted after August 19, 2012, and must be received by September 13, 2012. For more information and an  ntry form, visit

2012 MIBC Masonry Design Awards

The Masonry Institute of British Columbia’s Masonry Design Awards showcase and recognize design excellence in B.C. projects that feature brick, block and stone. There is no cost to enter the program. Projects must have been completed since June 2008, and each submission requires a project description, details and photographs. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2012. The 2012 awards presentation on May 17 will once again be held at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, a celebrated heritage brick building in Vancouver. Trophies will be awarded in nine categories. Winning projects will also be featured in an MIBC Awards brochure, and numerous publications. Visit for submission details and event information.


The City of Vancouver invites you to take part in re:CONNECT an open ideas competition that will explore new possibilities for the city’s viaducts and broader eastern core. The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts have been the subject of polarized debate since the late 1960s. With 40 years lapsed since the ribbon cutting, the utility and merit of these structures is again a topic of discussion. The future of the viaducts is now being contemplated in the context of the city’s broader eastern core of our city, which includes the industrial lands of the False Creek Flats. re:CONNECT challenges the design community and the public to give shape to the future of these two areas and while also providing a platform for less confined ideas. There are three categories in all:

  • Connecting the Core (“The big scale”) – high-level ideas for the future of Vancouver’s eastern core;
  • Visualizing the Viaducts – conceptual design ideas for the land currently occupied by the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts; and
  • The Wildcard – ideas that push the envelope of creativity in a specific and detailed way, focussing on an element or idea which could revolutionize the way people think about this area of the city.

Entrants can participate individually or in groups, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. There is both a fee stream (with $10,000 in cash prizes) and a free stream. The best ideas will be selected by a panel of experts representing the fields of architecture, urban design, academia and sustainability. Jury members include:

  • Architect Sean Ruthen MAIBC (non-voting chair and professional advisor)
  • Rob Bennett. Executive Director – Portland Sustainability Institute
  • Architect Joe Hruda MAIBC, CIVITAS.
  • Professor Tom Hutton, Centre for Human Settlements & School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
  • Professor Allan Jacobs, urban design and city planning consultant
  • Architect Patricia Patkau MAIBC FRAIC, Patkau Architects

A People’s Choice award will also be selected through online voting. The best and most applicable ideas generated through the competition may become part of a further ideas synthesis. No direct commission will be awarded to the winners within the context of the competition. The re:CONNECT open ideas competition has been reviewed and is supported by the AIBC. The registration deadline is November 2, with submissions required by November 4. For more information and to register, go to

Call For Submissions: 2011 Design Exchange Awards

Submissions are invited for the 20th Annual Design Exchange Awards (DXA), which celebrate Canadian design excellence while recognizing the critical role of design in all types of organizations including commercial entities (large and small businesses), not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector. The awards call attention to the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers in the fields of architecture, engineering, fashion, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, visual communications and urban design. The final submission deadline is September 30, 2011. For more information about categories, eligibility and criteria, please visit or contact Noa Bronstein by phone (416-216-2120) or e-mail (

Migrating Landscapes National Competition – Registration Deadline extended.

There are close to 150 entries from designers living across Canada and abroad and the Migrating Landscapes Organizers want to gain broader participation / representation. Register today for your chance to be part of the “Architectural Team Canada” – to be shown as part of Migrating Landscapes ( at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture!

  • Regional entries will be exhibited in cities across Canada from November 2011 – February 2012;
  • Regional winners will be exhibited at the National Exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in March 2012;
  • National winners will be exhibited at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy from August – November 2012.



For full details, please visit:


Sustainable Infrastructure Award

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering has introduced an Award for Governmental Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure. This award will be given annually to a public sector entity that has shown particular leadership, through a project or program, in the area of sustainable infrastructure. The first such award will be presented at the CSCE annual conference in this coming June in Edmonton. For additional information and an application, visit the CSCE website at

Migrating Landscapes Competition (BC Region) Registration Deadline: September 15

This open ideas competition for young Canadian architects and designers (Age 45 and Under) will be the process for creating Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

Regional Partners (BC) include:

  • Architecture Canada | RAIC (BC Chapter)
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • University of British Columbia – School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Regional Jury (BC):

  • Omer Arbel
  • Peter Cardew MAIBC
  • Germaine Koh
  • Christopher McDonald FRAIC
  • Leslie Van Duzer B.A., M.Arch.

For full details on the competition and registration, please visit:

Registration Deadline is Thursday September 15, register today!

Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) Soccer Complex Architecture Competition

This two-stage competition’s objective is to build a new covered soccer stadium (1,000 seats) and, at a later stage, an outdoor playing field at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) in Montreal. The SMEC area use to be the Miron quarry and landfill site but has been converted to a major urban park in the last 15 years and where, most noticeably, the Cirque du Soleil has decided to build its headquarters. The SMEC is a model in sustainable development: hence, the new soccer complex is targeting a LEED-NC Gold certification. This is not an ideas competition: the laureate project will be built. (more…)

Edmonton Parks Design Competition

Building on the legacy of Edmonton’s historic park pavilions, the City of Edmonton is sponsoring an architectural design competition for five individual pavilions in five separate parks. Individuals or teams are encouraged to enter the competition if they are eligible for registration with the Alberta Association of Architects. First and second place winners for each park will receive recognition and monetary awards for the work involved. Registrations will be accepted until March 1, 2011, and the deadline for submissions is March 22, 2011. To register and for additional information, visit the competition website at

AZ Awards For Design Excellence

Deadline for submissions March 1, 2011

AZURE magazine has launched the AZ Awards, an international program honouring architects and designers for outstanding work completed before December 31, 2010. An international jury of esteemed industry professionals will choose the best innovations and brightest talents from 13 categories. The deadline for submissions March 1, 2011… (more)

Wood WORKS! BC 2011 Wood Design Awards

Wood WORKS! BC 2011 Wood Design Awards
Monday March 14, 2011
Vancouver Convention Centre, West

Nominations deadline: February 1, 2011


The Wood Design Awards bring together people from all sectors to recognize
leadership and innovation in wood use, and celebrate innovative structural
and architectural uses of wood.

Wood WORKS! BC encourages you to consider nominating architects, engineers,
building designers, builders, project owners and others whose efforts and
accomplishments merit recognition.

Categories include:

Architect . Engineer . Green Building . Interior Beauty Design …. see our
website for a full list of categories and nomination requirements.

*Please note that the Wood WORKS! BC awards program accepts self-nominations.  All nominees will be invited to attend the awards
dinner on March 14, 2011.

For information on Wood WORKS! BC 2011 Wood Design Awards, please go online: or call Lorna Malone at 1 877 929 9663 extension 4.


3rd International Holcim Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 3rd International Holcim Awards. This competition, organized by the Holcim Foundation, celebrates innovative, future-oriented projects that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment. It recognizes sustainable practices in engineering, landscape and urban design, infrastructure, and materials and construction technologies. The main category is open to working professionals including architects, engineers, planners, builders and construction firms whose projects have reached an advanced stage in design with construction to take place no earlier than July 1, 2010. There is also a “Next Generation” category for students enrolled in the final year of a bachelor program, or in graduate or post-graduate programs. Entries must be submitted online by March 23, 2011. Go to


Copper In Architecture Awards

The Copper Development Association is seeking nominations for its 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Awards. The goal of this program, offered by the Copper Development Association in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association, is to recognize and promote outstanding architectural applications of copper alloys in building design, including the restoration and design of new residential and commercial building projects in the U.S. and Canada. The submission deadline is January 31, 2011. To access an entry form and guidelines, as well as a complete list of last year’s winning projects, please visit