MARKHAM, ON – September 28, 2021 – Online voting for the first-ever Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award will be held from October 4 until October 22. Visit markham.ca/DesignExcellenceAwards to vote for one of 23 buildings and public spaces that you feel exemplifies outstanding urban design!

“The City of Markham has a longstanding tradition of celebrating design excellence and this year’s Markham Design Excellence Awards will pay tribute to those in our community making significant contributions to our public realm and urban form,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is a great opportunity for residents to vote for the iconic public buildings and public spaces that they feel contribute to the beauty of their communities and to their quality of life.”

Fittingly for this 50th anniversary of Markham’s incorporation celebrating “50 Years of Excellence”, the People’s Choice Award contestants are all past winners as well as all entries for this year’s Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the 2021 Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards virtual ceremony on October 28, together with the winners of the juried Building of Significance Award, Institutional Building Award, Community Design Award, Open Space & Public Realm Award, and Urban Intensification Award.

About the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards

The Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards are competition-based awards which recognize and promote excellence in building design and placemaking. Industrial, commercial, residential, recreational, heritage, open space and public realm projects completed in the City of Markham before August 27, 2021 and within the last six years are eligible for consideration for this year’s juried Awards.

This is the first year the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award is being offered. All past winners of the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards and all entries for this year’s awards are eligible for public voting.

The Awards were first held in 1999 to celebrate quality design and the passion, hard work and talent of the people who make up the urban design industry in the City of Markham.

For more information, visit markham.ca/DesignExcellenceAwards.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 240 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – September 28, 2021 – Online voting for the first-ever Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award will be held from October 4 until October 22. Visit markham.ca/DesignExcellenceAwards to vote for one of 23 buildings and public spaces that you feel exemplifies outstanding urban design!

“The City of Markham has a longstanding tradition of celebrating design excellence and this year’s Markham Design Excellence Awards will pay tribute to those in our community making significant contributions to our public realm and urban form,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is a great opportunity for residents to vote for the iconic public buildings and public spaces that they feel contribute to the beauty of their communities and to their quality of life.”

Fittingly for this 50th anniversary of Markham’s incorporation celebrating “50 Years of Excellence”, the People’s Choice Award contestants are all past winners as well as all entries for this year’s Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the 2021 Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards virtual ceremony on October 28, together with the winners of the juried Building of Significance Award, Institutional Building Award, Community Design Award, Open Space & Public Realm Award, and Urban Intensification Award.

About the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards

The Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards are competition-based awards which recognize and promote excellence in building design and placemaking. Industrial, commercial, residential, recreational, heritage, open space and public realm projects completed in the City of Markham before August 27, 2021 and within the last six years are eligible for consideration for this year’s juried Awards.

This is the first year the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award is being offered. All past winners of the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards and all entries for this year’s awards are eligible for public voting.

The Awards were first held in 1999 to celebrate quality design and the passion, hard work and talent of the people who make up the urban design industry in the City of Markham.

For more information, visit markham.ca/DesignExcellenceAwards.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 240 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.