2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards

2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards


March 26, 2018

Halifax Regional Municipality has awarded DSRA Architecture with an Award of Excellence as part of the 2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards for our work on the Emera Oval Pavillion.  Our team will join Principal Peter Connell on May 4th at the awards presentation at the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library, as he accepts this award. 

Congratulations to our entire design team at DSRA for their hard work on this project.  


Urban Design Awards

Urban design plays an important role in enhancing the quality of life for residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Urban design helps build better communities by improving the functionality, sustainability and overall appearance of the public and private spaces. Done well, design makes a lasting positive impact for residents now and in the future. 

The Awards

The 2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards honour excellence in the field and celebrate many important contributions to the community. On May 4, 2018 we will celebrate the award winners in a ceremony at the O'Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library. Award ceremonies will be held every two years to honour design excellence in five categories.

Submissions must include the following

  • Completed entry form and fees
  • Digital and/or paperwork formatting requirement 
  • Design abstract outlining certain criteria
  • Graphic representation requirements 

Award ceremony

For more information, email urbandesign@halifax.ca


Designers, developers, sponsors, and owners of projects selected as award winners will receive an Award of Excellence or Honourable Mention in one of five categories. Projects from all municipal communities will be eligible for awards, whether they are in the Regional Centre or a smaller rural community. Categories include:

  • Urban Design Plans - a plan or a study of a significant area within the municipality that provides a development or redevelopment strategy for urban transformation in the mid-to long-term.
  • Urban Architecture - a building (or group of buildings) that contributes to and supports an urban design plan or initiative.
  • Civic Design Projects - civic improvement projects such as parks, public space, civil engineering or environmental infrastructure, streetscape design, etc. which have been implemented because of a larger urban design plan or initiative.
  • Urban Elements - single, small-scale pieces of a building or landscape that contribute significantly to the quality of the public realm.
  • Community Connections & Initiatives - any built project, however modest, initiated and implemented by a community-based organization that enhances the public realm.

Award of Excellence recipients will be eligible for the National RAIC Urban Design Awards in 2018.

The 2018 jury will be comprised of:

Principal of Brook McIlroy - Toronto

Anne has over twenty five years’ experience as an urban designer for master plan projects across Canada and the United States. Anne has particular expertise in the development of design standards for communities, waterfronts, universities and other institutions. She is a recognized expert in the facilitation of design workshops and public consultation forums. Anne has been appointed to the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and to the National Capital Commission’s Design Review Panel.

Antonio Gomez-Palacio RPP, MCIP, MRAIC
Principal at Dialog - Toronto

Antonio’s professional experience and research focuses on the intersection of architecture, planning and urban design. He is internationally recognized for transforming cities into vibrant urban places, which respond to their social, economic and environmental context. Antonio has worked on a wide range of projects focused on urban intensification, master planning, mixed-use, transit, heritage, economic development and sustainability, as facilitated through participatory processes. Antonio has acted as the Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and Vaughan’s Design Review Panel.

Maki Kawaguchi RA, LEED AP
Associate at Gehl - New York 

Maki is an urban designer and architect with over 12 years of international experience in strategic urban transformation of cities. She enjoys working at multiple scales and is passionate about creating meaningful human experiences in the public realm that lead to greater quality of public life in cities. Through a human-centered and collaborative approach to understanding the unique characteristics of a place and its cultural specificity, she aspires to create vibrant cities that can impact the everyday.