Edmonton Infill Design Competition

Submission: August 31, 2016
Registration: May 31, 2016
Language: English
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Prizes: Up to $15,000 (CAD) in prizes
Type: Open

The City of Edmonton is proud to be launching our first ever Edmonton Infill Design Competition, and we would like to invite your students to submit their own designs. Infill is going to be a big part of Edmonton’s future, and we want to make sure the designs are world­class.

This competition is intended to give the design community a shot at showcasing design innovation and best practices that would improve the quality of infill development in the City of Edmonton.

Edmonton’s Infill Design Competition is an opportunity to encourage productive conversations about infill and help the public and development community understand what’s possible for infill design. The competition should demonstrate that infill can augment, rather than detract from the character of our established neighbourhoods.


This is an open, ideas competition. Architects, architectural technologists, designers, planners, students and creative thinkers are invited to submit proposals.


The Student category is open to post-secondary students currently enrolled in an accredited Canadian school of architecture, architectural program, architectural technology, urban design, or planning.


Up to $15,000 (CAD) in prizes may be awarded, with a maximum cash prize of $2,000 (CAD) for any single award. All award winners will be honoured at an Awards Gala on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Winners will be featured in future City of Edmonton print and/or web materials, potentially including but not limited to the competition website and a design catalogue showcasing selected entries along with the names and, where appropriate, jury comments/critique.

Best in Class

Best In Class ($2,000 CAD) and Award of Merit ($1,000 CAD) may be awarded based on the Jury’s review of complete submissions using the Evaluation Criteria and their professional expertise. A total of $15,000 (CAD) may be awarded.

Student Award

Best student submission, as selected by Jury. Student prizes: one Best In Class ($2,000 CAD) and one Award of Merit ($1,000 CAD) will be awarded as scholarships.

People’s Choice Award

Awarded based on online voting. Most votes wins. No cash prize.


To register online, visit the competition website at www.edmontoninfilldesign.ca. Registration will provide you with a three-digit competition submission number that will be used with your submission to retain anonymity for the jury.

Early registration opens on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. All participants must register online by no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016, (11:59 pm MST).

Registration payments must be submitted by telephone at 1-780-442-5054 after completing the online registration form and receiving your three-digit competition submission number by email.

Students Registration

There is no registration fee for student entries, however students must register by no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016, (11:59 pm MST) in order to participate.

All individuals and team members must submit proof of status as a post-secondary student. Proof of academic status will not be required upon registration but must be submitted prior to the submission deadline. A scanned copy of a valid student ID and course schedule or other form of verification for each member of the team must be uploaded along with the submission to be eligible to compete in the Student category.


The submission deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2016. All entries must be received electronically and be uploaded to the competition website prior to 11:59 pm local time (Mountain Standard Time). Enter your three-digit competition submission number before uploading your competition submission. Competitors are encouraged to send in their submissions as soon as possible to avoid any potential difficulties at the deadline. Submissions may be modified up to the deadline by uploading a replacement submission through the website. Only the most recent submission will be considered.

Submissions must be digital only; no hard copies will be accepted. When submitting, ensure that the three digit competition submission number acquired during the registration process is used to validate the submission.

Graphic Submission

  • Up to two numbered boards that best illustrate the merits of the project (e.g. diagrams, text, site or floor plans, sections, maps, elevations, and perspectives) and include the name/title of the project and project concept. Each individual or team is to determine what information is needed to communicate the project most effectively.

  • Drawings should indicate dimensions (setbacks, height) with reference to zoning regulations in Appendix I.
  • Board(s) must be Arch D (914mm x 610mm) in size and oriented to LANDSCAPE (horizontal) format.
  • Board(s) must be saved as a single PDF file of high visual resolution (150 dpi or above); total file size not to exceed 30 MB.
  • Include registration number in the upper right corner of the boards. No personal names, affiliations, or any other forms of identification on the board. Indication of the design team will result in disqualification.
  • The file name must include your three-digit competition submission number and conform to the following naming convention: XXX.pdf

Written Description

  • Word Document file, with a maximum of 500 words, and is not to exceed one page.

  • List the option selected and describe the project concept, design, and how the design is improved by any alterations to the zoning regulations (if applicable) provided in Appendix I.
  • Include the name/title of project at the top of the document.
  • No personal names, affiliations or any other forms of identification in the text.

Go to the competition’s website