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Winners of inaugural 2020 Niagara Biennial Design Awards announced

​The excellence and innovation of design of the built environment in Niagara was on full display Monday as the winners of the inaugural Niagara Biennial Design Awards were announced at the Nov. 9th meeting of Niagara Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.

The bi-annual awards build on the tradition started by the Niagara Community Design Awards, which ran annually from 2005 – 2016, and celebrate a range of projects that exhibit design excellence.  These projects continue to enhance our unique and diverse environments throughout Niagara’s 12 municipalities.

The awards were open to owners, developers, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, interior designers, artists and students involved with a specific design project in Niagara. A total of 18 award-winners were selected from 68 strong submissions, and represent the quality and diversity of design of the built environment in Niagara. The eight design categories included: Visionary Design, Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Commemorative Landscapes, Outdoor Art and Student designs. Award winning submissions were chosen by a panel of design professionals.

The inaugural Grand Prize, which represents the best overall project out of all the categories, was awarded to the Fort Erie Waterfront in the Visionary Design category. The strategy recognizes the entire waterfront of Fort Erie as a fundamental organizing feature of the community.

More details, including the entire list of winners can be found on Niagara Region’s website. A brief video of the awards presentation can also be found online. The next installment of the awards will run in 2022.   


Andrew Korchok
Niagara Region

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