Toronto Urban Design Award winners honored in virtual ceremony


TORONTO — Members of the City of Toronto’s design and development community were recognized at the 2021 Toronto Urban Design Awards which took place almost recently.

The awards are presented every two years to recognize the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban planners, artists, design students and urban builders make to the appearance and livability of the city, states a statement.

This year, the city received 170 submissions in nine categories containing a variety of constructed projects, visions and master plans, and student work. The jury selected a total of 11 projects for the awards of excellence, 13 for the merit awards and two special jury awards for inspiring infrastructure.

The 2021 jury members included Michael Leckman (president of the jury), director, Diamond Schmitt; Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Director of the Center for Landscape Research, University of Toronto; Eladia Smoke, KaaSheGaaBaaWeak, March, Principal Architect, Smoke Architecture Inc .; and Jackie VanderVelde, founder of Land Art Design Landscape Architecture Inc.

The 2021 winners are:

Item Category

  • Awards of Excellence: CF Toronto Eaton Center Bridge, 15 Queen St. W.
  • Award of Merit: Thermally Speaking, 250, boul. Fort York.

Private buildings in context – Small scale category

  • Award of Excellence: Redevelopment of Montcrest School, 658 Broadview Ave.
  • Award of Merit: Proper TV, 772 Dovercourt Rd.

Private buildings in context – Medium height category

  • Awards of Excellence: 80 Atlantic, 80 Atlantic Ave.
  • Award of Merit: West-East Bloc. 1928, 500, boul. Lake Shore. W.
  • Award of Merit: Kingston & Co Condominiums, 1100 Kingston Rd.

Private buildings in context – Large category

  • Award of Excellence: Axis Condos, 411 Church Street.
  • Award of Merit: Massey Tower, 197 Yonge Street.
DAVID XU — Axis Condos at 411 Church Street in Toronto won an Award of Excellence in the Private Buildings in Context – Large Buildings category at the recently announced City of Toronto Urban Design Awards.

Category Public buildings in context

  • Awards of Excellence: Seneca College – Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, 1750 Finch Ave. E.
  • Award of Merit: Ryerson University – Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex, 288 Church Street.
  • Award of Merit: Canoe Landing Community Campus, 45, boul.
  • Award of Merit: Guildwood Station, 4105 Kingston Rd.

Small Open Spaces Category

  • Awards of Excellence: SQ2 POPS, 80 Vanauley St.
  • Award of Excellence: University of Toronto Scarborough Valley Land Accessible Trail, 1265 Military Trail
  • Award of Merit: St. James Park Improvements, 120 King Street East.

Category Large places and / or neighborhoods

  • Award of Excellence: Centennial College Downsview Campus Center for Aerospace and Aviation, 65 Carl Hall Rd.
  • Award of Merit: Garrison Crossing (Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridges), 10 Ordnance Street.
  • Award of Merit: Yonge Sheppard Center, 4841 Yonge St.

Category Visions and Master Plans

  • Awards of Excellence: Bloor / Kipling & Islington Developments, Bloor Street & Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street and Islington Ave.
  • Award of Excellence: The Meadoway, Hydro-Gatineau corridor

Student projects category

  • Award of Excellence: Power and Place, Princess Margaret
  • Award of Merit: xs spaces: a new lane town planning for Toronto, place Robinson
  • Award of Merit: Integrated Energy: Living Lab, Willcocks and Huron Street, University of Toronto St. George Campus

Special Jury Prize for the Inspiring Infrastructure category

  • Stormwater Facility, 480 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
  • Emergency Exit Buildings, York Spadina Subway Extension in Toronto, EEB1: 2 Whitehorse Rd., EEB2: 18 St. Regis Cr., EEB3: 2 Toro Rd., EEB4 45 The Pond Rd.

For more information on the Toronto Urban Design Awards, visit


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