Urban Design and Development Awards

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The Town has established an awards process that will formally acknowledge and celebrate high quality urban design and development projects in High River.

The awards will be used to recognize the contribution of planners, architects, engineers, designers and developers to the liveability and sustainability of High River.

Every two years, a Council Award and a People’s Choice Award will be presented to the top two submissions, as determined by an appointed panel of judges, in each of the following categories:

Urban Elements Category – this category will include smaller scale projects which contribute to the quality of the public realm, which may feature elements such as street furniture, lighting, public art, façade improvements and landscapes.

Urban Architecture Category – this category will recognize a building or group of buildings that represent a high quality of design and architectural standards.

Urban Architecture Award Criteria:

A nominated project in this category must have compatibility with the Town Plan (or with guiding principles of the Land Use Bylaw referenced below)

Guiding Principle: A Pedestrian as the Universal Measure of Design:

  • The Town of High River is to be designed based on a scale that is comfortable to people, encourages walking, accommodates a variety of functions, can change, and adapt over time, and will foster an environment that supports and reinforces the social aspects of the Town

Guiding Principle: Stewardship through Sustainable Design:

  • The Town the community, and the development industry act as stewards for the High River of tomorrow. All development shall focus on long term quality over short term gains.

Other criteria that will be considered for projects nominated in this category:

  • Is the project a positive contribution to the public realm?
  • Does the project illustrate architectural excellence?
  • Does the project display Innovation and uniqueness?
  • Is the project compatible with the surrounding community?

 

Urban Elements Award Criteria:

A nominated project in this category must have compatibility with the Town Plan (or with guiding principles of the Land Use Bylaw referenced below)

Guiding Principle: A Pedestrian as the Universal Measure of Design:

  • The Town of High River is to be designed based on a scale that is comfortable to people, encourages walking, accommodates a variety of functions, can change, and adapt over time, and will foster an environment that supports and reinforces the social aspects of the Town

Guiding Principle: Stewardship through Sustainable Design:

  • The Town the community, and the development industry act as stewards for the High River of tomorrow. All development shall focus on long term quality over short term gains.

Other criteria that will be considered for projects nominated in this category:

  • Is the project a positive contribution to the public realm?
  • Does the project illustrate design excellence?
  • Does the project display Innovation and uniqueness?
  • Does the project successfully integrate with the surrounding community?

Nominations

The first nomination period will be for projects completed between June, 2018 and August 31, 2020. All projects must be completed at the time nominations are submitted and nominations will close on September 30, 2020.

Nominations may be submitted by residents of High River, by owners or operators of High River businesses, or by developers of local projects.  Town or municipal projects will not be eligible for formal awards, but should a nomination be submitted, the project will be acknowledged via honourable mention.

Nomination packages are available for download available below as well as at the High River Town Office. Nominations may be submitted by residents of High River, area developers, or by owners or operators of area businesses. Submissions may be dropped off at the High River Town Office (309B Macleod Trail SW) during regular business hours, or by mail to High River Town Office, 309B Macleod Trail SW, High River, Alberta, T1V 1Z5, Attn: Khalid Mohammed. Unfortunately, nominations will not be accepted by email.

Please Note: if unsure whether an Urban Architecture or Urban Elements project satisfies or meets the standards of completion, please contact the Town’s Planning & Development Services division to verify, prior to submission of a nomination package.

Planning & Development Services

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
403-652-2110

Judging

For the Council Award, a judging panel will be established to evaluate the nomination submissions, and will be comprised of the following:

  • Member of the Alberta Association of Architects
  • Member of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects
  • Member of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute
  • One member from the community at large
  • Member representing the Town’s Planning and Development Services

The panel will be formed on a temporary basis and membership will change every two years to coincide with each new nomination period.

Public voting via online survey and written ballot will be used for the People’s Choice Award.

Public voting and judging deliberations will take place from the week of October 5 – November 27, 2020. The first awards ceremony is proposed to be held in early 2021. All nominees will receive a formal invitation and the first set of winners will be announced and honoured at that time.

During the first awards ceremony, developments of high quality that were completed prior to establishing this awards program (May 1, 2018) and contributed to the aesthetic appeal of our community will be recognized and honorably mentioned.

The winners in each category will be awarded with:

  • A certificate and a trophy from Town Council
  • A professional article which may be published in APPI newsletter, Plan Canada, the High River Times and the Town’s website
  • Recognition during the Town’s annual open house

Through this awards program, those who are working hard to make High River’s physical environment attractive will feel validated, and future developments will continue to reflect a high degree of creativity and quality design.