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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, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design and place-making.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock will recognize the winners of the 2021 Mayor's Design Awards at a ceremony Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The event will begin with a panel discussion with local experts on equity and urban design in Denver. A reception will follow the ceremony.
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Many different types of projects are eligible for the awards. Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What they all have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create community.
To be eligible for consideration, projects must be:
Awards are given to the best projects submitted, regardless of project type. This year, the categories have been organized into four broad themes and are intended to provide guidance on what types of projects may be submitted and on what features may be considered award-worthy.
Home Sweet Montbello
Riverview at 1700 Platte Street
Silver Lining House
Backyard on Blake
Black and White House
Colorado Health Foundation
Denver Botanic Ticket Center
Academy Research Station and Community Garden
Molly Brown House
Punch Bowl Social
RiNo stormwater outfall
Steam On The Platte
Thomas Jefferson High School bus shelter
Alchemy Creative Workspace
Ashley Union Station
Auraria Higher Education Center
Cuba Cuba Patio
Illegal Pete's Colfax
Seed Building Addition
Terraza del Sol
2510 S. Lowell Blvd.
4025 Grove St.
Bindery on Blake
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
One City Block
Mental Health Center of Denver’s Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being
Denver Art Museum Administration Building
MSU Regency Athletic Conference
Room & Board, Cherry Creek
Wheels Go Round
Art in Transit
Bradford Real Estate
The Armstrong Center for Dance
Curtis Park Cottage
Mestizo-Curtis Park Playground
Union Station North and South Buildings
Whittier Alley Loop
Nancy P. Anschutz Center
Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden
Mariposa Phase III Interactive Stair
Meet in the Street
Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change
University Building Pencil Coal Stack
South Pearl Street Bike Corrals
For questions on the awards, nominations, the presentation ceremony and event sponsorship, contact: