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Niagara Biennial Design Awards

Award Winners Announced

Awards winners announced Nov. 9 at the Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting

Niagara Biennial is a new, bi-annual design awards program that builds on the former Niagara Community Design Awards, which ran annually from 2005 to 2016. The new program celebrates the role of design toward the enhancement of our unique and diverse environments in Niagara.

The 2020 program received 68 submissions and 18 projects were selected as award winners

Award Levels

Three levels of awards were distributed to the winning submissions:

Grand Prize

The best overall project that exceeded the judging criteria. Out of all the submissions, this project represented an exceptional level of design excellence and contributed the broadest impact to the community.

Outstanding Achievement

A submission that exceeded the judging criteria while contributing positively to the built environment.

Award of Excellence

A submission that met the judging criteria and shone in its respective design category.

Contact

Julia van der Laan de Vries
905-980-6000 ext. 3590

Khaldoon Ahmad
905-980-6000 ext. 3324

Email Niagara Biennial Awards

Important Dates

Nov. 9, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Virtual announcement of award winners at the Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting

Video: Niagara Biennial Design Awards

Award Categories and Winners

For more information and pictures of the award winning projects, see the Jury Report.

  • Visionary Design
    • Grand Prize: Fort Erie Waterfront Strategy, Fort Erie
    • Award of Excellence: Brock District Plan, St. Catharines and Thorold
    • Award of Excellence: Glendale District Plan - Visioning and Development Concept Plan, Niagara-on-the Lake and St. Catharines

    Unbuilt projects, such as a plan, study or vision of an area that proposes a development or redevelopment strategy for an inspired urban environment.

    Submission types: urban design studies, master plans, secondary plans, district plans and community plans

    Project must be completed and endorsed by the local municipality in which the project is located.

    Judging criteria

    • Comprehensiveness - Demonstrates a multi-layered approach to the evolution of the design and its integration into the given context or site
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas, approaches and technologies towards the conceptualization of design of the built environment
    • Stakeholder engagement - Degree to which stakeholders were involved in the shaping of the project
  • Urban Design
    • Outstanding Achievement: St Paul Street Transformation, St. Catharines
    • Award of Excellence: Luminaires Celebration, Niagara-on-the Lake

    Complete Communities

    Large-scale built projects providing places for people to live, work, play and learn. Includes multi-modal options and a diversity of land use and built form.

    Submission types: communities such as mixed-use developments, subdivisions, large infill projects, greenfield and brownfield redevelopments

    Judging criteria

    • Comprehensiveness - Project is informed by Niagara Region’s Model Urban Design Guidelines, Complete Street Guidelines, other relevant guidelines and demonstrates best practices in urban design
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas and approaches to the design of the built environment
    • Vibrancy - Project evokes a sense of place and successfully invites people to enter and experience the community

    Urban Interventions

    Small-scale, outdoor projects that are temporary in nature. Located on public or private land, they are designed to improve an urban space or condition.

    Submission types: streetscape elements, pop-up spaces, urban amenities and seasonal installations

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits design excellence through use of materials, composition and installation to enhance the surrounding built environment
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas and approaches to the design of the built environment
    • Vibrancy - Project successfully invites people to enter and experience the space
  • Architecture
    • Outstanding Achievement: 13th Street Winery, St. Catharines
    • Award of Excellence: Redstone Winery, Lincoln (Beamsville)
    • Award of Excellence: 106 Queen St. - Heritage Reconstruction, Niagara-on-the Lake

    New Buildings

    New building (or group of buildings) of high architectural standards which achieves design excellence through its relationship with its immediate surroundings and the urban fabric.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as civic, institutional; office, commercial, industrial; mixed-use; residential (single unit, multi unit); Niagara's tourism and hospitality (restaurants, hotels, wineries, cideries, distilleries, attractions)

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits architectural excellence through massing, orientation, scale, materiality and composition
    • Contextual response - Project is well-integrated into the surrounding context and contributes to the urban fabric
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as sustainable design elements, practices and green infrastructure

    Building Alterations

    Additions or renovations to existing buildings. Similar to new buildings, the projects will achieve design excellence through its relationship with the existing built form and its immediate surroundings.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as facade improvements, adaptive re-use, building restoration (historical elements) and building additions

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits architectural excellence through massing, orientation, scale, materiality, composition and contextual response
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as sustainable design elements, practices and green infrastructure
  • Interior Design
    • Outstanding Achievement: Williams Hall Restoration - Ridley College, St. Catharines
    • Award of Excellence: Student Commons - Niagara College, Niagara-on-the Lake

    New Interiors

    Installation of an interior design project within a newly constructed building.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as civic, institutional; office, commercial, industrial; mixed-use; residential (single unit, multi unit); Niagara's tourism and hospitality (restaurants, hotels, wineries, cideries, distilleries, attractions)

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits interior design excellence through functionality, materiality and creativity
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas and approaches to the design of building interiors
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as sustainable design elements, practices and green infrastructure

    Interior Renovations

    Installation of an interior design project within an existing building.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as adaptive re-use and building restoration

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits interior design excellence through functionality, materiality and creativity
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas and approaches to the design of building interiors
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as sustainable design elements, practices and green infrastructure
  • Landscape Architecture
    • Outstanding Achievement: Bay Beach Waterfront Park, Fort Erie
    • Award of Excellence: International Plaza - Niagara Region Headquarters, Thorold

    Public Realm

    Outdoor landscape spaces ranging in character, such as urban, suburban and rural. Spaces are located on municipal lands, such as streets, parks, trails and community facilities.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as streetscapes, gateways, civic markers; urban plazas, civic squares, commemorative spaces; parks, parkettes, trails, linear open spaces; landscape structures and elements; landscape restoration; green infrastructure, green roofs, green walls; and stormwater management features

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits landscape architectural excellence through materiality, functionality, integration with the immediate surroundings and positive contributions to civic life
    • Vibrancy - Project successfully invites people to explore and experience the space in a variety of ways
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as bio-diversity, low-impact development and other sustainable design elements and practices

    Private Realm

    Outdoor landscape spaces associated with a specific built form, including landscape areas both at grade and on structures.

    Submission types: projects will be grouped together by type and evaluated within their respective group, such as civic, institutional; office, commercial, industrial; mixed-use; residential (single unit, multi unit); Niagara's tourism and hospitality (restaurants, hotels, wineries, cideries, distilleries, attractions)

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits landscape architectural excellence through functionality, materiality and positive relationship with the public realm
    • Vibrancy - Project contributes to positive experiences of an outdoor space
    • Sustainability - Includes features such as bio-diversity, low-impact development and other sustainable design elements and practices
  • Commemorative Landscapes
    • Outstanding Achievement: Landscape of Nations, Niagara-on-the Lake
    • Outstanding Achievement: Voices of Freedom Park, Niagara-on-the Lake
    • Outstanding Achievement: Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial, St. Catharines

    The new category "Commemorative Landscapes" was introduced by the jury to recognize the unique design role of outdoor spaces which successfully combine commemorative installations, outdoor art and landscape architecture.

    These projects use art and landscape to call attention to the powerful things that are going on, but are insufficiently acknowledged by society. These projects are not only monuments; they tell important stories and shape powerful experiences.

    Judging criteria

    • Stakeholder engagement - Degree to which stakeholders were involved in the shaping of the project
    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits design excellence through creativity, execution and positive contributions to the public realm
    • Vibrancy - Project successfully invites people to experience the space
  • Outdoor Art
    • Award of Excellence: Ascendente, St. Catharines
    • Award of Excellence: Is this modern society?, St. Catharines

    Permanent outdoor art installations located on either private or public land.

    Submission types: murals, sculptures, permanent art, light or digital installations, custom street furniture and utility wraps

    Judging criteria

    • Quality of execution - Project exhibits design excellence through creativity, execution and positive contributions to the public realm
    • Vibrancy - Project successfully invites people to experience the art piece
  • Student Designs
    • Award of Excellence: Re-Engaging the Defunct and Historic Welland Canals, St. Catharines and Thorold

    Student design projects that seek to provide a design solution specific to the Niagara context.

    Submission types: visionary design, urban design, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, outdoor art

    Project must be prepared by a student attending a Canadian post-secondary institution and be part of a course curriculum. Projects must be completed and evaluated by the respective post-secondary institution.

    Judging criteria

    • Comprehensiveness - Addresses factors including contextual integration, and contributions to public realm and sustainability
    • Innovation - Highlights new ideas and approaches to the design of the built environment
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