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May 8, 2003
City of Toronto launches 2003 Architecture and Urban Design Awards
The City of Toronto has officially launched the 2003 Architecture and Urban
Design Awards. This awards program acknowledges and promotes awareness of the
important contribution that architects, landscape architects, artists and urban
designers make to our city. Nominations will be accepted in six categories and
will be judged by a four-person, independent jury. Deadline for submissions is
4 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.

"Toronto has emerged as a city that really cares about urban design and city
building," said Robert Freedman, Toronto's Director of Urban Design. "The
Architecture and Urban Design Awards are an excellent way of recognizing the
designers and builders whose initiatives - that range in scale from individual
buildings and building elements to open spaces, parks and neighbourhood plans -
contribute to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in this city."

This year's jury draws widely from the field of architecture and urban design:
- Patrick Bollenberghe, a principal of The MBTW Group, is a landscape
architect, urban designer, and resort and community planner.
- Alex Krieger is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning
and Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Lisa Rochon is an architecture columnist/critic for The Globe and Mail and an
adjunct assistant professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of
Architecture, Landscape and Design.
- Bruce Kuwabara is a founding partner at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
Architects, and lectures widely across North America.

The competition is held every other year and limited to buildings within the
limits of the City of Toronto that are no more than five years old, or built
after 1998. Awards are offered in the following categories: Elements;
Buildings; Small Open Spaces; Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs; and
Visions and Master Plans. There is also a student award, where schools offering
degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture and design can submit
student design work that deals with Toronto.

Official entry forms are available at Access Toronto public information
counters in City Hall and each civic centre, as well UDS Customer Service
counters across the city. Nominators can also download the nomination form from
the City of Toronto Web site at:

Media Contact
Robert J. Freedman, Director of Urban Design, Urban Development Services



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