Lulu Awards for Urban Design
What is Urban Design?
Urban Design is the design of a city and all its outwardly visible components. Included are buildings and the open spaces between them: parks, walkways, bridges, water, landscaping, lighting and signage. Excellence in urban design is defined by how all these components work together over time to create an attractive, memorable and safe city.
What are the Lulu Awards?
The City of Richmond's Lulu Awards, held every four years, recognize, celebrate and inspire excellence in urban design in the City of Richmond.
The 2022 Lulu Award Program
Submission deadline extended to March 31, 2022 and the awards will be announced in the fall.
2022 Lulu Awards - Application Package
2022 Lulu Awards - Brochure
Design awards are presented to exceptional projects that represent visionary thinking and “raise the bar” for design excellence in Richmond.
Past Award Winners
2017 Award Winners
Quintet- City Centre Community Centre and Trinity Western University
Developed by UEM Sunrise (Canada) Development Ltd. and designed by W.T, Leung Architects Inc. and Durante Kreuk Ltd., this four-storey institutional building is located in Richmond’s City Centre Lansdowne Village at 5900 Minoru Boulevard. This four-storey building is designed as a distinctive element in a larger development. The design integrates the interior spaces with the street and the vertical visual connection with upper level open space. The public realm design has generous gathering space, allowing programming to spill out comfortably onto the street.
In the Public and Institutional Open Space category
Terra Nova Play Experience
Designed by Hapa Collaborative and Lynne Werker Architect, this children's play environment is located at the west end of River Road in Terra Nova Park. The design is appreciated for incorporating unique play equipment with individual elements that interact with their context. The design showcases the agricultural past in the city and allows kids to connect to nature in the city.
2017 Honourable Mentions
Developed by ATI Investment Ltd., and designed by W.T. Leung Architects Inc. and ITO & Associates Inc., the residential high rise building located in the City Centre Brighouse Village at 6180 Cooney Road was commended for the attention to detail, the quality of materials, and the seamless integration of public art.
Developed by Trail Appliances Ltd., and designed by Chandler Associates Architecture Inc., and PMG Landscape Architects, the commercial building located in the Bridgeport planning area at 3388 Sweden Way was commended for the designed adaptive re-use of a former industrial warehouse building.
Crimson Maple Estates
Developed by Gary West Holdings Inc., and designed by Interface Architecture and PMG Landscape Architects, the townhouse development located in the Blundell planning area of 6711 Williams Road was commended for the innovative measures to retain the significant Crimson Maple tree from the heritage Yarmish House that previously occupied the site.
2013 Award Winners
Currents at London Landing
Developed by Oris Consulting Ltd. and designed by Hearth Architectural Inc. and van der Zalm + associates, this higher density building form fits well into an established neighbourhood and streetscape of townhouses and single family homes. The development includes single level units which increase housing options by providing an alternative to apartment building units.
In the Residential and Mixed-Use (High-rise) category
Developed by ASPAC Developments Ltd. and designed by James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc. and Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Studio, this stunning development sits on the banks of the Fraser River in the Oval Village. Terraced residential apartment buildings vary in height from 4 to 14-storeys, with carefully-considered architectural and landscape design and a significant public art installation on the sides of a pedestrian bridge between two of the buildings.
In the Public and Institutional Building category
Steveston Fire Hall
Designed by Hughes Condon Marler Architects and space2place design inc., this landmark building sits at the corner of Steveston Highway and No. 2 Road. The two-storey fire hall project was designed to a LEED gold standard and includes two equipment bays and a training and hose drying tower. The building was designed with an innovative open design approach incorporating visual openness and a high level of integration in the site, building, sustainability features, landscaping and public art.
2011 Award Winners
River Green Story Centre
Developed by Aspac Developments Ltd. and designed by James KM Cheng Architects Inc. The stunning building sits at the water’s edge with a unique relationship to the Richmond Olympic Oval and the waterfront plaza. The building was designed to be a destination restaurant and is currently being used in the interim as the River Green sales centre. When the building is used as a restaurant in the future, outdoor patio use spill outside and enhance the building’s unique site.
In the Industrial category
Hayden Drilling Supplies Ltd.
Developed by Hayden Drilling Supplies Ltd. and designed by Sanford Design Group. The two-storey industrial building was purpose built for a local manufacturing company. The project includes a high quality of design, materials and finishing for an industrial building. Attractive features include a corner architectural element, building articulation, water feature, and permeable paving in the parking area.
In the Innovative Approaches to Save Trees category
Developed by Centro Southwind Properties Ltd. and designed by Ito & Associates Inc. This 21-unit townhouse development includes an innovative approach to save five mature existing trees along the rear property line. The design incorporates terraced backyards at the trees. These large coniferous trees contribute to an established landscaping for the Shellmont neighbourhood.
In the Residential and Mixed-Use (Mid Rise) category
Developed by Cressey Development Group and designed by Rositch Hemphill and Associates Architects. The 5-storey concrete condominium project includes high quality design, materials and finishing. The project presents attractive streetscapes along Hemlock Drive, Katsura Street, and to the adjacent Katsura Neighbourhood Park. The project has an open courtyard amenity space located next to the park, which extends a larger sense of open green space.
In the Residential (Townhouse) category
Developed by Polygon Hennessy Green Development Ltd. and designed by Robert Ciccozzi Architecture Inc. This 92-unit townhouse project in the West Cambie Alexandria neighbourhood has transformed the streetscapes along No. 4 Road and Odlin Road with individual street oriented townhouses, front porches and gated front yards. The development includes a large open courtyard space, and an amenity building that provides an attractive view into the development from Odlin Road.
In the Residential and Mixed-Use (High-Rise) category
Developed by Regent International Development Ltd. and designed by Integra Architecture Inc. This is an attractive high rise project, with architectural treatment that establishes a street level base and elegant tower. Careful detailing and high quality materials at the ground level provide a fit for this project into its prime commercial city centre context. The street is animated with continuous street level commercial space.
In the New Landscape Elements category
A Gateway Landscape, Vancouver International Airport
Developed by Vancouver International Airport Authority and designed by Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. This is a large and comprehensive enhancement project to the lands at the Vancouver International Airport. The project presents an attractive gateway entry to visitors arriving in Richmond by plane, and also those arriving by car over the Arthur Liang Bridge. The enhancement project includes landscaping, transportation and engineering components and extends from the Arthur Liang Bridge to the YVR airport terminal buildings, to the South terminal and to the Sea Island Conservation Area.
In the Public Open Space category
Garden City Community Park – Play Environment
Designed by space2place design inc. This innovative park design has won numerous awards, and was created in collaboration with community members and elementary school students. The vision for this park was to create a place where children could use all five of their senses and enjoy nature. The play environment at Garden City Park has changed the way parks are planned, designed, and constructed and provides residents and visitors with an extraordinary outdoor place that is unique within the city, and perhaps even the local region.