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May 30, 2001
Independent panel to judge 2001 Architecture and Urban Design Awards
  
The City of Toronto has received a total of 70 entries for the 2001
Architecture and Urban Design Awards, following the May 28 deadline for
submissions.

"For this year's competition, we limited the eligibility to projects less than
five years old. This will give our jury plenty of current examples of
architecture and design in Toronto from which to choose," says Acting Director
of Urban Design Alka Lukatela.

Now in its second year, the awards promote the role that architectural and
urban design excellence play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life
in Toronto.

Awards are offered in the following six categories: Elements; Buildings; Small
Open Spaces; Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs; and, Visions and Master
Plans. Organizers have also added a student award, through which schools
offering degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture and design can
submit student design work.

A four-member, independent jury will review the entries in mid-June. Awards and
Honourable Mentions will be announced at a reception in October, 2001. The
jury:
  • Larry Beasley is Co-Director of Planning and Director of Current Planning for the City of Vancouver. He also directed the Vancouver Legacies Program in 1986, raising $3.5 million from the private sector for civic projects.
  • Peter Ellis is a Design Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago. He has substantial experience in diverse areas of architectural design, including office, hotel, housing, cultural, retail, sports, and trade/convention centre components in the United States and around the world.
  • Donna Hinde is a Partner at The Planning Partnership, a Toronto-based firm of planners, urban designers and landscape architects. She has worked on community planning, waterfront and urban design projects across Ontario.
  • David Oleson is a founding partner of the Oleson Worland Partnership. The firm was a key member of the consortium (including Rem Koolhaas, and Bruce Mau) which won the International Design Competition for Parc Downsview Park, and a prize-winner in the recent Ideas Competition for the Toronto Waterfront.
All 70 entries will be displayed in the Rotunda of City Hall
in September, 2001.


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