Calgary, AB,

City of Calgary announces winners of the 2015 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards

The 2015 Mayor’s Urban Design Award winners were announced this evening at the University of Calgary’s Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building.

This year, a record-breaking 68 nominations were received showcasing some of the most innovative buildings and public spaces in our city.

“Increasingly, Calgary is gaining a national and international reputation for iconic and memorable design,” says David Down, Coordinator of Urban Design and Heritage. “Well designed buildings and public spaces have the power to inspire the people who interact with them every day.”

Three new award categories were introduced this year:

  • The Green City Award recognizes sustainable design practices that seek to reduce energy and resource consumption of buildings while achieving urban design excellence.
  • The People’s Choice Award created a new opportunity for the public to join the conversation about urban design. During the month of October, Calgarians could vote for their favourite building or public space using an online poll, and share their vote using social media.
  • The Urban Architecture (Unbuilt) Award was created by this year’s jury in response to the overwhelming number of projects submitted that weren’t completed, but were sure to contribute in a big way to Calgary’s future cityscape.

The winners of this year’s Mayor’s Urban Design Awards are:

Green City
Winner: Ramsay Net Zero Secondary Suite
Honourable Mention: Solar Flair in Kensington

Conceptual or Theoretical Urban Design Project
Winner: Lost Spaces Ideas Competition
Honourable Mention: Lineside Park
Honourable Mention: Cloverleaf

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans
Winner: Large Retail/Commercial Area Urban Design Guidelines
Honourable Mention: University District

Urban Architecture (Built)
Winner: Junction 9
Honourable Mention: South Bow Plaza

Urban Architecture (Unbuilt)
Winner: Kahanoff Centre for Charitable Activities and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Honourable Mention: Brewery District

Civic Design Project
Winner: St. Patrick’s Island Park
Honourable Mention: Barb Scott Park

Urban Fragments
Winner: Orange Crush
Honourable Mention: Forest Lawn Lift Station
Honourable Mention: Public Speaker

Community Improvement Projects
Winner: The Bench Project

Student Projects
Honourable Mention: Pop & Play Folding Amphitheatre
Honourable Mention: Industrial Landcosm

Mawson Urban Design Award
Winner: Simmons Building
Honourable Mention: Currie Barracks

City Edge Development
Winner: Gateway
Honourable Mention: Cornerstone Area Structure Plan

Great City, Great Design
Winner: West Eau Claire Park & Public Realm Plan
Honourable Mention: TELUS Spark

People’s Choice
Winner: University District

Further details on the project owners, architects, landscape architects, consultants and organizations involved in the winning projects can be found at High resolution video, b-roll, winning project photos, renderings and event photos are also available upon request.

The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards is a biennial event that acknowledges the important contribution that designers, architects and artists make in improving the quality of life in Calgary by producing high calibre buildings and public spaces.