City recognizes Ottawa’s best in urban design

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December 12, 2023
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Nine projects were recognized as Ottawa’s best in urban design at an awards gala on Thursday, November 30 at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology. Presented every two years, the 2023 Ottawa Urban Design Awards recognized exceptional projects completed between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2023.

A jury of three independent experts assessed submissions in five categories. Awards of Merit were presented to eight projects and one Award of Excellence was presented to Rochester Heights Redevelopment Phase I. This project is now eligible to represent Ottawa in the National Urban Design Awards (NUDA) program for 2024.

A courtyard in front of an apartment building
Urban Infill: Rochester Heights Redevelopment Phase I – Ottawa Community Housing

Awards were presented from five categories:

  • Urban Infill, (low-rise and mid to high-rise), for a building or group of buildings, of high architectural standard, that achieves quality urban spaces and enhances the urban fabric of the neighbourhood
  • Public Places and Civic Spaces, for spaces that feature sustainability while enhancing the accessible public realm
  • Urban Elements, for design elements that contribute to the unique character of the neighbourhood at a human scale
  • Visions and Master Plans, a forward-looking category for inspiring ideas and guiding plans for the future
  • Student Projects, for theoretical or studio projects submitted by university students

A full list of winners can be found on

An apartment building with a sign that reads "99 FIFTH"
Urban Infill: Fifth and Bank – Minto Group
A winding multi-use pathway with trees on either side
Public Places and City Spaces: Greystone Village – River corridor – Regional Group
Painted brick in a courtyard surrounded by businesses
Urban Element: Ogilvy Square Mural – Downtown Rideau BIA
A drawing of people walking on a boardwalk next to a river
Student Projects: Riverside Ribbon – National Capital Commission
Parliament Hill's West Block lit up at night
Urban Element: West Block Exterior Lighting – Public Services and Procurement Canada
Drawing of children playing in a playground
Student projects: Tunneys Pasture: A Park in Ottawa for Artistic Production – Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University
A group of people mingling in a public park
Student projects: Animating Sussex Drive in the Core of Canada’s Capital – Queen’s University, School of Urban and Regional Planning
People walking in front of commercial buildings alongside a canal
Vision and Master Plans: LeBreton Flats Master Concept Plan – National Capital Commission

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