Niagara Biennial Design Awards

Launching Fall 2019

Details for the Niagara Biennial Design Awards, including categories, eligiblity, criteria and submission process will be provided in the fall of 2019

Niagara Region is launching a new, bi-annual design awards program called Niagara Biennial in fall 2019. This program builds on the former Niagara Community Design Awards, which ran annually from 2005 to 2016.

Niagara Biennial will celebrate design excellence and recognize the owners, designers and makers that contribute to raising the bar for design in Niagara.

Award categories will include architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, interior design, outdoor art and student design projects.


Project submissions are open to owners, developers, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, interior designers, artists and makers involved with a specific design project.

Students enrolled in a post-secondary program in Niagara are eligible for the student category.

Your projects must be:

  • Physically located within the geographical boundaries of Niagara
  • Substantially completed between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2020

Projects previously submitted to the Niagara Community Design Awards are not eligible.


Julia van der Laan de Vries
Urban Designer
905-980-6000 ext. 3590

Khaldoon Ahmad
Manager of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
905-980-6000 ext. 3324

Email Niagara Biennial Awards

Important Dates

Fall 2019
Awards launch event and call for submissions opens

January 24, 2020
Submission deadline

March 2020
Jury day

May 2020
Awards ceremony


All submissions must be in a digital format and may include text, images, graphics, drawings and PowerPoint slides.

Evaluation Criteria

A jury of design professionals and educators in Niagara and the Greater Toronto-Hamilton area will evaluate the submissions against established design criteria for each category such as:

  • Design excellence and cohesion
  • Quality of execution
  • Contextual response
  • Innovation and sustainability
  • Contribution to the public realm
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