Design Awards Competition

Designing a Healthy City for All

The 2019 IMCL Design Competition jury will consider all submissions that speak to Designing a Healthy City for All. Projects that emphasize Health, Equity, Community, and Sustainability are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.

The jury is particularly interested in designs for:

  • Regenerating poor neighborhoods and preventing displacement
  • Housing the homeless
  • Protecting neighborhood ethnic identity
  • Mixed use, human scale, urban fabric
  • Public transit, bike and pedestrian networks in poor neighborhoods
  • Mixed-income affordable housing
  • City squares, neighborhood squares for social life and community 
  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces
  • Reshaping a mall into a town center
  • Transforming a strip mall into urban fabric
  • Strengthening a city’s architectural DNA

In all projects, the jury will be looking for evidence that the project fits well within its context, and contributes to Creating a Healthy City for All.


Projects that showcase the general urban design principles and livability criteria espoused by IMCL, and in tune with the topics listed here will be considered. IMCL awards are an extraordinary honor, difficult to attain. Every selected project will represent a case study intended to be used in support of IMCL goals, and therefore must be of extremely high graphic quality, as well as packed with award-worthy content.  The results of the competition will be displayed to represent IMCL aspirations at future Conferences, in publications, or on the IMCL website.

Built Projects

All projects in this category must have been substantially completed and occupied within the last ten years. BUILT projects must clearly identify what was existing AND what has actually been built (as opposed to what exists only as sophisticated computer renderings!). If the project is in progress, the submission must clearly distinguish between those portions that have been completed and those that are not yet complete, and any supplementary computer generated images must be clearly labeled as “Proposed”.

Proposed Projects

All projects in this category must have been commissioned by a “real” client- a city or town, institution, agency, authority, business or individual. Full contact information for the client (name, organization, address, phone, email, website) must be included with the submission for verification.


Winning projects will respect the fundamental DNA of the city, including the cultural and physical history, and should be socially as well as ecologically sustainable. Projects may be public or private; neighborhoods, districts, streets, squares, buildings; regional or local in scope ……. but every project must enhance livability by creating a more healthy, humane, multi-functional, stimulating, useful, beautiful, egalitarian environment. Winning projects will contribute to creating a city that is integrated with its region and landscape, that is good for children and the poor, that is based on human scale and the pedestrian, that promotes health and healthy behavior; a city of short distances, an equitable city, a city that is a work of art, and a city that future generations will enjoy …….  A Livable City.


  • October 15, 2018 – Extended to November 15 - Deadline for application form, statement of project philosophy/design criteria, Electronic Exhibit Boards, photos, and application fee ($245)
  • December 1, 2018 - Applicants notified of acceptance in the competition.
  • February 1, 2019 - Deadline for registration of representative at the 56th IMCL Conference, Portland. This is required to confirm applicants’ participation in the Design Competition.
  • June 19, 2019 - Awards will be announced and presented to representatives of winning projects on Wednesday, June 19 at the Discussion Dinner/Awards Ceremony.      


WHO CAN ENTER. Urban designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, developers, cities and other governmental agencies may enter one or more projects.

QUALIFYING PROJECTS. To qualify, projects may be already constructed, or in design, but must be real projects commissioned with the intention to build.  There are no restrictions as to where these projects may be located.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE. The review procedure will be conducted by blind peer review. Application form (basic information); two versions of high definition PDF Electronic Exhibit panels suitable for printing; five photos or illustrations to be used to present the project via PPT; one photo or illustration that best exemplifies the project; and application fee must be submitted electronically before October 15, 2018 (Maximum 6MB). 
The following information is required:

  • Application form
  • Two high definition PDF Exhibit Boards, vertical format (in 2 versions)
  • Five photos or illustrations
  • One photo or illustration

For information about the Selection Process, please click here.