Toronto Announces Winners of 2019 Urban Design Awards


TORONTO — The City of Toronto held its annual Toronto Urban Design Awards on September 10, presenting nine projects for the Excellence Awards, 12 for the Merit Awards and one for the Special Jury Prize.

The event aims to “recognize the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, city planners, artists, design students and city builders make to the appearance and livability of the city,” says a statement.

This year, there were a total of 113 submissions in nine categories. The 2019 winners were:


  • Award of Excellence: The Shining Veil, Prince Edward Viaduct
  • Awards of Excellence: The Blue Room, 802, 834 and 940 College St.
  • Merit Award: Indigenous Cultural Markers, Humber College North and Lakeshore Campuses
  • Award of Merit: Nathan Phillips Square Bicycle Station, 100 Queen St. W.

Private Buildings in Context — Small Scale

  • Merit Award: Casey House, 119 Isabella St.
DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY – The Casey House adaptive reuse project at 119 Isabella St. won an award of merit for private construction in context, on a small scale. The project team included Hariri Pontarini Architects, Mark Hartley Landscape Architects, consulting engineers Entuitive, mechanical consultant from WSP Canada and ERA Architects as heritage consultant. The owner was Casey House and the general contractor was Bird Construction.

Private buildings in context – half height

  • Award of Merit: DUKE, 2803 Dundas St. W.
  • Award of Merit: 109 OZ, 109 Ossington Ave.

Private buildings in context – Large

  • Merit Award: SQ at Alexandra Park, 55 Cameron St.

Public buildings in context

  • Excellence Award: Albion Library, 1515 Albion Rd.
  • Awards of Excellence: Daniels Building, One Spadina Cresc.
  • Merit Award: Odeyto Indigenous Center at Seneca College, 1750 Finch Ave. E.
  • Merit Award: Myhal Center for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto, 55 St. George St.

Small open spaces

  • Awards of Excellence: Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, 955 boul. Lakeshore. W
  • Merit Award: Streetscape and Parkettes of the Promenade du Collège BIA, Promenade de la rue College

Large Squares and/or Neighborhood Designs

  • Award of Excellence: Grange Park Revitalization, 26 Grange Rd.
  • Award of Excellence: Berczy Park, 35 Wellington Street East.

Visions and master plans

  • Award of Excellence: TOcore: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan, Downtown Toronto
  • Award of Merit: Laneway Suites: A New Type of Housing for Toronto
  • Merit Award: Humber Bay Park Master Plan, 2225 Lake Shore Blvd. W

Student projects

  • Award of Excellence: The Urban Living Room, Toronto Port Lands
  • Merit Award: Spaces for Economic Diversity, North York and City-Wide

Special Jury Prize for Catalytic Infrastructure

  • Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project — Bridge Design and Engineering.

An exhibition of the winning works will take place at the following locations: Scarborough Civic Center gallery from September 30 to October 3; North York Civic Center October 7-11; and Etobicoke Civic Center from October 14-18.


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