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Canadian Architect 2021 Awards of Excellence | Submissions Open

11:59 PM EST

Submission deadline Sept 16, 2021.

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Celebrating 54 years, Canadian Architect has since 1967 sponsored an annual national awards program recognizing future projects. Each year, submissions are due in September, judging takes place in October and the winning schemes are published in a special issue every December. Student Awards of Excellence are also awarded for final-year projects by Canadian architecture students. 


Please watch this space for updates.

July 1, 2021 : Competition opens. Click here to submit your entry.

September 16, 2021 @ 11:59 pm: Submission deadline.

Mid-October, 2021: Winners notified

December 2021: Winners featured in December issue of Canadian Architect 

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To enter, you must be either (A) an architect registered in Canada or (B) a graduate of an accredited Canadian architecture school holding a professional degree from that school.

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 16, 2021. All projects must be commissioned by a client with the intention to build the submitted proposal. All building types and concisely presented urban design schemes are eligible.

To enter the student awards, you must have been nominated by your school and asked to submit via a separate site.


Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the following criteria:

  • Physical organization and form, including attention to composition and detail;
  • Response to program, site, geographic, social and/or urban context;
  • Innovation in concept, process, materials, building systems and/or implementation;
  • Demonstration of exemplary environmental performance, including supporting metrics where available;
  • Use of design to advance spatial and social justice, and/or to support a vision of reconciliation, equity and inclusion.

You can read about our 2020 jurors here. Our 2021 jurors will be announced this summer.


Each entry is to be submitted as a PDF file, consisting of up to twelve (12) pages in horizontal format no larger than 11” x 17” and a maximum file size of 25 MB. To facilitate in the judging process, an additional single feature image of the project is required, not to exceed 3 MB in size.

Each entry should include drawings and images including site plan, floor plans, sections, elevations and/or model views.

Each entry should include a text of up to 500 words on the first page of the PDF, consisting of a brief description of the project. Additional descriptive text of up to 1000 words more may be included within the PDF file.

You have the option to submit a video up to two (2) minutes in length to explain the key concepts of your proposal. To submit the video, first upload it to a YouTube or Vimeo account that does not identify you or your firm by name. Then paste the YouTube or Vimeo link in the video section of the submission form. Also, include the link on the first page of your PDF submission. Please do not include links to any additional audiovisual materials, as they will not be considered.

The designer’s name must NOT appear on the submission except on the entry form. The project name and location should be identified and must match the project name on the submission form.

New for 2021: For projects that have developed an energy performance model ONLY, it is mandatory that the resulting report be submitted where prompted in the entry form. This report does not count in the 12-page maximum for the submission. It is also mandatory for those submissions to include the resulting key metrics—e.g. the project’s projected Total Energy Use Intensity (TEUI, in kWh/m2/year), Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI, in kWh/m2/year), Greenhouse Gas Intensity (GHGI, in kg/m2/year), and Water Use Intensity (WUI, in m3/m2/year). These figures should be indicated on the first page of the entry.


Entry Fee: $175.00 plus applicable taxes

All payments are processed online, and all major credit cards are accepted. 



Award winners will be notified after judging takes place in October 2021. 

Framed certificates will be given to each winning architect team and client.

Winners will be published in a special issue of Canadian Architect in December 2021. Winners grant Canadian Architect the right to publish their winning submissions in print and as part of the database of the magazine, or in any electronic product derived from the database.


For submission eligibility inquiries, please contact Elsa Lam, Editor, elam@canadianarchitect.com.
For technical or form inquiries, please contact Laura Moffatt, Manager, Publishing Operations, lmoffatt@iqbusinessmedia.com.