Design Awards Return to Highlight Best in Urban Design

Published on August 02, 2021

Mayor's Design Awards post card

DENVER —Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department are seeking nominations for the 2021 Mayor’s Design Awards.

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Since 2005, the Mayor’s Design Awards have honored projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making. The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, and artists for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. After a one-year pause in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards return to honor great design—not only in traditional building projects, but also in the temporary patios, outdoor activation projects and other design innovations spurred by the unique circumstances of the last year. Many different types of projects are eligible. Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to private single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What each of the projects have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create a sense of community.

“These awards have always been about elevating the public realm, celebrating projects that create community while preserving Denver’s character,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The challenges of the past year gave way to innovations that recognize the importance of the spaces we share, not only to our health, but also for our quality of life. I am looking forward to highlighting how great design serves our city.”

“Innovative design has shaped our city in big and small ways, addressing needs like housing and greater sustainability. We are eager to highlight the projects doing this important work,” said Laura E. Aldrete, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development.

Nominations are due Friday, October 15, 2021. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony later this year. To nominate a project, learn more about the Mayor’s Design Awards and see past winners, visit

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