Guelph Urban Design Awards winners and honorable mentions unveiled


In addition to recognizing the winners for their achievements in urban design, the jury praised the city’s efforts to enhance and celebrate excellence in urban design.

On October 12, the Council announced the six winners and seven honorable mentions of the Guelph Urban Design Award 2020/2021.

“On behalf of the City of Guelph, I am delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Guelph Urban Design Awards,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Good urban design has the power to uplift us, connect us, challenge us and inspire us. At its heart, urban design is not just about bricks and mortar; it’s about people. Tonight’s winners exemplify the best of urban design in our city through projects that make a lasting difference not only to our sense of belonging, but also to the people who live, work and visit here.

Category: Adaptive reuse / Heritage

Award of Excellence: Metalworks Heritage Building, 43 Arthur Street

Excellence Award: Notre Dame Basilica / Guelph Civic Museum and Landscape, 28 Norfolk Street / 52 Norfolk Street

Honorable mention: Petrie Building, 15 Wyndham Street North

Category: Open space, Public space or Green infrastructure

Excellence Award: exhibition center playground, 81 London Road West

Honorable mention: Outdoor educational play area of ​​the Learning and Child Care Center, 20 Arboretum Road

Category: Creation of places

Excellence Award: entrance to University of Guelph Gateway, Stone Road and Gordon Street

Honorable mention: Fiddleheads, 97 Dublin Street North

Honorable mention: Streams of Creatures, 2 Gordon Street

Honorable mention: Sudden Garden, 2 Gordon Street

Category: Private development

Excellence Award: The Junction, 7 Edinburgh Road South

Honorable mention: Metalworks Phase I, 53, rue Arthur Sud

Category: Urban planning and vision

Excellence Award: Urban master plan of Metalworks, 5, rue Arthur Sud

Honorable mention: Guelph Commercial Built Form Standards

Award designed by renowned Canadian artist Ted Fullerton

Renowned Canadian contemporary artist Ted fullerton designed the physical award presented to the winners of the Guelph Urban Design Awards. Fullerton has an established connection to Guelph with his Bird sculpture series in Guelph Civic Precinct, connecting Market Square and City Hall to Guelph Central Station. “The artwork I created for the Guelph Urban Design Awards aims to symbolically infer how successful place design characterizes and defines a thoughtful and meaningful perspective of home design,” Fullerton explains.

About the jury

The Jury reviewing submissions for the Guelph Urban Design Awards 2020/2021 included four recognized experts in urban design and architecture:

  • Ute Maya-Giambattista (Director of Urban Design, Fotenn Planning + Design in Toronto)
  • Brendan Stewart (Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph)
  • Ralph Giannone (Director, Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects)
  • Craig Applegath (Senior Partner and Founder, DIALOG)

In addition to recognizing the winners for their achievements in urban design, the jury praised the city’s efforts to enhance and celebrate excellence in urban design through the development of guidelines, established design review processes. and the renewal of the Guelph Urban Design Awards program.

About the Guelph Urban Design Awards

The Urban Design Awards celebrate Guelph’s proud heritage of thoughtful planning by showcasing buildings and projects of excellence in six categories:

  • Adaptive reuse / heritage conservation (e.g. major additions to older buildings, restoration of heritage facades)
  • Public buildings (for example, education, civic or health care buildings)
  • Private buildings and developments (residential, commercial / industrial, mixed use)
  • Open space / Public space / Green infrastructure (e.g. streetscapes, low impact development projects or squares)
  • Creation of places (for example, tactical urban planning, community-led projects or street furniture)
  • Urban design plans / visions (e.g. master plans or neighborhood plans)

The Guelph Urban Design Awards were last held in 2006 and, going forward, will be presented once per Board term.


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