City of Richmond Calls for Nominations for Urban Design Awards


The City of Richmond is calling for entries for this year’s Lulu Awards, which celebrate homes, buildings and outdoor spaces that “raise the bar” for urban design.

According to the city, excellence in urban design is defined by how buildings and the open spaces between them – such as parks, walkways, bridges, water, landscaping, lighting and signage – work together to create an attractive and safe city.

The Lulu Awards take place every four years. Both private and public sector projects are eligible for an urban design award if they have been approved and completed up to five years prior to the year of the award.

Submissions for this year’s awards will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28, and can be made by project owners, a project team member, or the public.

All entries must meet the submission requirements.

Prices will be announced in the fall.

This year, there are 11 categories, including:


  • Residential (single-family, post house or duplex, including innovative renovations)
  • Residential (townhouse)
  • Residential and mixed (mid-rise)
  • Residential and mixed (tower)
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Public and institutional buildings

Open space:

  • Public and institutional open space
  • Landscape innovation
  • Green design and innovation
  • Universal design and innovation

For more information on the Lulu Awards, including submission requirements and entry forms, visit


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