City of Kitchener

Urban Design Awards

This award may be given in four possible categories in recognition of civic or private projects that demonstrate urban design excellence and innovation in site and building design that is context-sensitive, functional, engaging and memorable - adding value to Kitchener's sense of place and community pride.

  • Low Rise Development projects (1- 3 storeys)
  • Mid Rise Development projects (4-8 storeys)
  • High Rise Development projects (9 storeys and up)
  • Civic Projects


  • Anyone can nominate a project for Kitchener's Great Places Awards - members of the public, property owners, consultants etc.
  • Nominated projects must with comply with Kitchener's Official Plan, Zoning By-law and Urban Design Manual.
  • Project entries from a previous City of Kitchener awards program in the same category are not eligible.
  • Interior design projects are not eligible.
  • Nominations shall comply with detailed specifications including written application, and material other supporting material as described in the call for nominations and application form(s).
  • This award category shall be open to all publicly visible or accessible urban development projects in the City of Kitchener. These include subdivisions, site development of a building or group of buildings, adaptive reuse of existing buildings, building additions or exterior renovations. Parks, open spaces, public utilities, street improvements and civic structures are also eligible. 
  • The project has received all required approvals, is constructed and substantially complete within the past four years or since the prior awards program call for nominations, whichever is greater.
  • Projects that do not have a public realm component (such as private gardens or backyards) are not eligible.

Submission Requirements

Nomination forms and all required supporting information for the 2016 KGPA must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Nomination packages may be submitted in person or by mail to:
Kitchener's Great Places Awards
c/o Janine Oosterveld
Kitchener City Hall
Planning Division 6th floor
200 King St W., P.O. Box 1118
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 4G7

Nomination packages may be submitted to
Please note that there is a 10MB limit on email submissions and the images that are required for the submission will need to be provided to the city by an alternate means, e.g. a DropBox, ftp account or digital images on a data storage device.

A project abstract must be submitted describing the design excellence demonstrated by the project. The abstract should include specific details of the characteristics and elements that set the nominated project apart and could include project-specific features related to the city's primary design objectives (walkability, variety, place-making, conservation, connectivity, transit-supportive, safety, balance and livability); sustainability measures as well as site context and project elements (pedestrian and vehicle circulation, public realm improvements, building design and landscape concept).

All submissions must also include:

  • A minimum of five (5) high quality photos of the project.
  • A completed nomination form.

Shortlisted nominees

Nominated projects that are shortlisted in each award category will be notified in early summer and will then be required to prepare and submit a detailed presentation board highlighting the project. One presentation board (24"x36"/60cmx90cm) is required for each shortlisted nomination and should include the following:

  1. Plans illustrating location, site and key features;
  2. Drawings, elevations, photographs, sketches or renderings illustrating the project;
  3. Text describing the project.