We go to them to live, work, & play. Often when we stand back, look up, and enjoy them, they make us say ‘wow.’

A handful of the most beautifully designed buildings in the Waterloo have been recognized, in the 2012 City of Waterloo Urban Design Awards.

Announced Monday, the awards honour the highest standard of design excellence in the public and private sectors; over three categories.

The William Dailey Award of Excellence
According to a release, this award is presented to “the project(s) that demonstrate the highest standard of urban design excellence as the best overall project(s) in the city.”
The 2012 William Dailey Award goes to Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

The Reurbanization Award
This is awarded to the “best infill or redevelopment project(s) that best fits within the surrounding context and contributes towards a sense of place and creative city building.”
There is a pair of winners this year:
-The Seagram Lofts
-The Bauer Buildings and The Bauer Lofts.

The Award of Merit
This award was handed out to several developments. It goes to “project(s) that demonstrate at least one or more elements of urban design excellence.”
The 2012 winners are:
-The Shops at Waterloo Town Square, for “exemplary main street design.”
-7 Father David Bauer Drive, for its “sensitive and contextual infill development.”
-116 University Avenue West, in light of “innovative and sustainable student accommodation.”
-The Accelerator Centre and innoTECH Building, because of “innovative and sustainable design in a master planned development
-Brighton Park, recognized for being a “significant public space.”

The recipients are selected by a jury, including the likes of Jan d’Ailly, Rick Haldenby, Anne McIlroy, Cameron Rapp, and David Thompson.

More information can be found on the City of Waterloo website.