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    Awards for Excellence





The UDI Awards for Excellence celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of developers who had the vision to take our cities, and the people who live and work in them into the future.

We honour the top achievers whose projects have made an exceptional impact on our communities and the urban landscape.


The jury will  consider the following criteria:

- Built form

- Public, community, and amenity spaces

- Sustainability

- Sense of place and liveability

- Project success - financially viable




2016 Awards Categories

Award for Excellence in...

1.     Mixed Use

A building or building complex containing residential and/or hotel, plus one additional use

2.     Industrial

Predominantly industrial use. Can include strata

3.     Commercial/Retail/Office

A building or building complex containing retail/commercial and/or office use

4.     Ground Oriented Multi-family

Duplex, townhouses, or other multi-family building(s) typically of 2-3 storeys having individual grade level access; includes stacked

5.     Urban Residential

Multi-family building (4-12 storeys) in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, North Shore and Victoria.

6.     Suburban Residential

Multi-family building (4-12 storeys) everywhere else, including balance of Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and the Okanagan.

7.     Urban High-rise Residential

Multi- family building (13 storeys or more) in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, North Shore, and Victoria.

8.     Suburban High-rise Residential

Multi-family building (8 storeys or more) everywhere else, including balance of Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan

9.     Heritage

Adaptive re-use, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion or heritage restoration of an existing building having recognized heritage value. Not restricted to designated heritage properties

10.   Multi-family Market Rental.

This represents purpose-built market rental and may include ground floor commercial space

11.    Multi-Phase Project

Phase 1 must be complete and the project must have 3 phases or more. Comprehensively designed community

12.   Innovation

Any project featuring extraordinary and innovative social, economic and environmental components that go above and beyond the sustainability requirements imposed by legislation

13.   Institutional

Any non-residential project that is designed for an organization, establishment, foundation, society or the like. Can include day care, museums, libraries, churches, conference centres, community centres, schools or educational buildings etc

14.   Non-market Housing

Any multi-family residential project designed in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, government health authorities and ministries and community groups that provides a residential assisted housing option for the social good. May include seniors housing, low income and/or assisted housing, co-op housing, SRO, student housing, and other alternative housing forms*       

At the discretion of the jurors, categories 13 and 14 will be combined should insufficient submissions be received

15.   Best of the Fraser Valley

Surrey to Chilliwack and Pitt Meadows to Mission, including Harrison

Any category above

16.    Best of the Okanagan

Any category above

17.   Best of Vancouver Island

Any category above

The following special categories are not open for submission. The winners will be chosen by either a jury panel or by the readers of the Vancouver Sun

18.   The Maureen Enser Future Leader Award

An individual under 40 years of age who has best shown leadership, vision and made significant contributions in the last two years which have improved their company, the industry and the municipalities they work in

19.   Readers’ Choice Award

The Vancouver Sun will select several projects from the Awards submissions and its readers will vote for their favourite

20.   Best in Show

The jury will select the most outstanding project from all the category winners



For UDI Awards inquiries contact Ginny Normandeau at gnormandeau@udi.org or call 604-661-3036

Recap of the 2014 UDI Awards for Excellence in The Vancouver Sun

Recap of the 2012 UDI Awards for Excellence in Westcoast Homes and Design