Vote for your favourite public building, space

Twenty-three buildings and public spaces are vying for the first-ever Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards People’s Choice Award and your vote will help crown the winner.

All past winners of the Markham Urban Design Excellence Awards and all entries for this year’s awards are eligible for public voting. “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,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti says.

Online voting will be held from October 4 until October 22. Visit to vote for one of the following nominees: The Shoppes of Box Grove, Leitchcroft Square Neighbourhood Park, Markham Rouge Valley Trail Milne Creek and Milne Dam Cable-Stayed Bridges, Gallery House, Bill Crothers Secondary School, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Pan Am Centre, Eaton Square, Remington’s Downtown Precinct, Nexus and the Verdale, the Vanguard, Downtown Markham’s Rouge Bijou, York Condos, Grand Cornell Neighbourhood, Angus Glen Community, eko Markham Centre, Aaniin Community Centre & Library, Morgan Pool and Splashpad, 68 Main Street, Stiver Mill, Honda Canada Campus, Civic Mall and Cornell Community Centre.

The winner 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.

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 before August 27 and within the last six years are eligible for consideration for this year’s juried Awards. The Awards were first held in 1999. Visit to learn more.

The design of the Aaniin Community Centre and Library centres around a massive wood roof. Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.

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