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August 24, 2017
Tickets now available for gala event celebrating Toronto Urban Design Awards
The biennial Toronto Urban Design Awards recognizing achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape design across Toronto return this year. All the competition entries will be displayed in the Toronto City Hall rotunda (100 Queen St. W.) from September 5 to 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Designers, developers, project owners, community groups, design students and others have submitted 124 projects in categories that include Elements, Private Buildings in Context, Public Buildings in Context, Small Open Spaces, Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs, Visions and Master Plans, and Student Projects.

The 2017 winners will be announced at the Toronto Urban Design Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 13. The gala will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Palais Royale Ballroom, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The awards ceremony will be hosted by the City's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat.

This ceremony brings together, in recognition and celebration, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, land developers, builders, urban policy makers, design professionals, artists and interested community members from across the Toronto region. The ceremony will include a reception, displays of all submissions and the awards presentation. Tickets can be purchased online at

Following the gala, there will be a display of the winning entries at the following civic buildings. The schedule is as follows: Toronto City Hall (rotunda) on September 20; Scarborough Civic Centre (rotunda) from September 25 to 29; North York Civic Centre from October 2 to 6; and Etobicoke Civic Centre from October 10 to 13.

Award recipients have been selected by the 2017 jury made up of renowned design professionals including David Anselmi, Director, Real Estate for Canada Lands Company; Elsa Lam, Editor, Canadian Architect; Gary McCluskie, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects; and Betsy Williamson, Principal, Williamson Williamson Inc.

The Toronto Urban Design Awards promote excellence and celebrate achievements in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. Good design creates cityscapes that are both functional and attractive. Celebrating excellence in urban design helps create a city that appeals to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

More information about the awards is available at

The City Planning division can be found on social media @CityPlanTO. Use #TUDA for the Toronto Urban Design Awards.

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