Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s nomination process.
Jury deliberations will be held shortly and a winner will be announced in September 2021.
The Margolese National Design for Living Prize, offered through the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA), awards $50,000 to a Canadian citizen who has made a significant and positive impact through design on the built environment. One of the highest and richest honours in the Canadian design community, this annual prize has been made possible through an estate gift to UBC.
SALA is educating the next generation of architects, landscape architects, and urban designers to become creative leaders, effective collaborators, and progressive agents of change. The Margolese Prize amplifies and extends SALA’s mission by uniting Canadian design students, educators and professionals in an exercise to highlight and honour individuals who are addressing the pressing human and environmental challenges of our time through design.
The Margolese National Design for Living Prize was created through a gift to UBC by the late Leonard Herbert Margolese.
The prize was awarded six times between 2012 and 2017. After pausing to reconsider its terms and relevance, SALA is now relaunching the annual award with the hope of raising its recognition and attracting nominations from a broader range of professional disciplines and geographical communities. We welcome you to join us by spreading the word about the prize, and nominating yourself or a deserving candidate.
The Margolese National Design for Living Prize is open to any Canadian citizen who is doing outstanding work in a field related to the built environment. Suitable candidates might come from, but are not to be limited to the above disciplines.
Addressing rapidly changing social, ecological, and cultural challenges, Margolese Prize candidates might be contributing to the built environment in areas such as:
Their contributions will have:
Design is everywhere, and it matters, now more than ever. Society faces urgent, interconnected, global emergencies — of urbanization, climate change, natural environment, social equity and, human health and well-being. Design can enable creative solutions integrative of the diverse expertise necessary to meet these challenges. Design can inspire and empower people to safer, more independent, accessible and meaningful lives every day, at every scale, from the things we touch to the places we inhabit to the communities and infrastructure we share.
SALA is honoured to offer the Margolese National Design for Living Prize — a distinction that speaks directly to the values and vision that have shaped the school since its inception in 2006. SALA is one of North America’s leading schools of architecture and landscape architecture.
Our academic programs integrate design, technical, theoretical and historical knowledge to enable a built environment supportive of civil and sustainable patterns of living. Our academic culture cultivates intellectual and creative leaders, articulate spokespersons and progressive agents of change. Through the Margolese Prize we aim to inspire students everywhere, by highlighting Canadians who are shaping their professions and the future of the built environment.
The Margolese Prize celebrates an individual whose contributions to the built environment advance their practice while visibly improving the quality of life for others. Please help us find, recognize and reward that person. Nominations are open annually from February through March 2021.
Shortlisted candidates notified and asked to submit applications
Award ceremony and presentation event
Director of the School of Architecture and Design, Virginia Tech
Critic of art, architecture, and design
Founding Principal, Claude Cormier + Associés
Principal, Ema Peter Photography
Partner and Co-founder, KANVA
Associate Professor and Chair, Environmental Design,
UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture