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Design Excellence

View of multiple high rise buildingsA cornerstone of our revitalization effort is to pursue design excellence and set new standards for architecture and public space in Toronto.

To achieve these goals, we often host international design competitions for our major projects. These competitions help to attract some of the most highly regarded planners, architects, designers and landscape architects in the world. By working with premier design talent, Waterfront Toronto is creating a new gold standard by which all other communities will be judged. Learn more about the value of design competitions by watching this YouTube video - Design.

In 2005, we established the Waterfront Design Review Panel to act as an independent body that guides and informs our design teams. The mission of the Panel is to provide objective and professional advice to designers and developers to ensure that high quality design is a critical consideration for all development projects on Toronto's waterfront. The Panel's feedback contributes to creating a culture of high-quality design among builders and architects working on the waterfront and ultimately a better built environment for everyone. 

Visit the Waterfront Toronto website for additional information on our efforts to promote design excellence.

The following is a list of some of our awards by precinct. For a complete list, please see Waterfront Toronto's website

Central Waterfront

 Water's Edge Promenade

Water's Edge Promenade

 2010

  • Design Exchange Award for Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks
  • Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Award - nomination for Rees and Simcoe WaveDeck
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada National Urban Design Awards - Certificate of Merit for the Spadina WaveDeck

 2009

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture National Merit Award for the Spadina WaveDeck
  • American Society of Landscape Architects Honour Award for General Design, Spadina WaveDeck
  • Spadina WaveDeck nominated for Brit's Insurance Design Award(first Canadian project to be shortlisted for the award)
  • Toronto Urban Design Award in the Small Open Space Category (Award of Excellence) for the Spadina WaveDeck
  • Ontario Builders Award in the Industrial Category (Award of Excellence) for the Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks
  • WoodWorks! Canadian Wood Council's Jury's Choice Award for the Simcoe, Rees and Spadina WaveDecks

 2007

  • Toronto Urban Design Award for the Harbourfront Water's Edge Revitalization

 

 Marilyn Bell Park

Marilyn Bell Park

 2011

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Honour Reward for Martin Goodman Trail Improvements at Marilyn Bell Park

 

East Bayfront

 Bayside Development

Bayside Development

 2014

  • BILD Award Best Building Design - High-Rise to Tridel, Aqualina at Bayside

 

 George Brown College

George Brown College

 2013

  • Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit for George Brown Waterfront Campus
  • George Brown College Project Achievement Award - Toronto Construction Association's Best of the Best Awards

 2012

  • Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award to George Brown College Health Sciences Campus for Excellence in Project Development: Neighbourhood Scale

 Monde Development

Monde Development

 2012

  • BILD Pinnacle Award Best Building Design - High Rise to Great Gulf Homes, Monde - Quadrangle Architects, Cecconi Simone

 Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach

 2014

  • Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Great Places Award for Sugar Beach

 2012

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honour Award for Canada's Sugar Beach
  • National Urban Design Award in Civic Design Projects for Canada`s Sugar Beach and Sustainable Award for Sherbourne Common.  
  • Azure Magazine AZ People's Choice Award for Canada's Sugar Beach

 2011

  • Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence for Canada's Sugar Beach
  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Honour Reward for Canada's Sugar Beach
  • 2011 IABC Toronto OVATION Award of Merit in the category of media relations for the groundbreaking and opening of Canada's Sugar Beach

 

 Sherbourne Common

Sherbourne Common

 2013

  • Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit for Sherbourne Common

 2012

  • Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Award for Sherbourne Common
  • Willis Chapman Award from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario for Sherbourne Common's Stormwater Management System
  • Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence for Sherbourne Common
  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects National Honour Award for Sherbourne Common

 2011

  • Sherbourne Common received the Gold Award for Landscape Architecture at the 2011 Design Exchange Awards in Toronto
  • Sherbourne Common received the Architectural Hardscape Award by the Ontario Concrete Awards
  • Toronto Urban Design Awards Honourable Mention for the Sherbourne Common Pavilion
  • 2011 IABC Toronto OVATION Award of Merit in the category of community relations for the "Rename Sherbourne Park Contest"

 2010

  • Living City Award: Healthy Rivers and Shorelines for the East Bayfront Integrated Stormwater Management System at Sherbourne Common

 2009

  • Canadian Architect Award of Merit for the Sherbourne Common Pavilion

 

 Water's Edge Promenade

 Water's Edge Promenade

  2014

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Awards of Excellence in the National Merit category for the Water's Edge Promenade in East Bayfront

West Don Lands

 Canary District

Canary District

 2014

  • BILD Award Best Places to Grow Community of the Year Award - High-Rise to Dundee Kilmer, Canary Park

 2012

  • 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence to Dundee Kilmer's Integrated Design Team for the Canary District in the West Don Lands

 Corktown Common

 Corktown Common

 2015

  • IABC Ovation Awards, Excellence Award Winner for the official Opening of Corktown Common

 2014

  • FCM Sustainable Communities Award in the neighbourhood development category for Corktown Common
  • Popular Science 2014 "Best of What's New" award in the Green Category for Corktown Common

 Flood Protection Landform

Flood Protection Landform

 2012

  • Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Special Award to Flood Protection Landform for its contribution to the Public Realm

 River City Development

 River City Development

 2015

  • Toronto Urban Design Awards: Private Buildings in Context - Tall Category Award of Excellence to Urban Capital for River City - Phase I

 2014

  •  PUG Design Awards Nomination for River City - Phase I

 2010

  • BILD Pinnacle Award Best Building Design - High Rise to Urban Capital Property Group, River City

 Stormwater Conveyance System

 Stormwater Conveyance System

 2013

  • Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence for West Don Lands Stormwater Conveyance System
  • Ontario Concrete Award in the Structural Infrastructure Category for the West Don Lands Stormwater Treatment and Conveyance System

 2011

  • Canadian Architect Magazine Award of Excellence for the West Don Lands stormwater treatment facility

 Underpass Park

 Underpass Park

 2015

  • Toronto Urban Design Awards: Elements Category Award of Excellence to Paul Raff Studio for Mirage

 2012

  • Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award to Underpass Park for Best Small Scale Project

Port Lands

 Port Lands Estuary

Port Lands Estuary

 2008

  • American Society of Landscape Architects Honour in Analysis and Planning for Port Lands Estuary: Reinventing the Don River as an Agent of Urbanism

 2007

  • Toronto Urban Design Award for the Port Lands Estuary Master Plan

 Lake Ontario Park

Lake Ontario Park

 2009

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture National Honour Award for the Lake Ontario Park Master Plan
  • Toronto Urban Design Award in the Vision and Master Plan Category (Honourable Mention) for the Master Plan for Lake Ontario Park

 Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park

 2014

  • Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award for Tommy Thompson Park Pavilion

 Soil Recycling Facility

 Soil Recycling Facility

 2010

  • Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award for the Port Lands Pilot Soil Recycling Facility