How we carried out the architectural design competition for Block 2

Learn about the architectural design competition that will renew the city block across from Parliament Hill.

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Process for the competition

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) endorsed this design competition and designated professional advisors to oversee the overall competition process. RAIC's role includes providing:

  • general advice about the design competition processes, including:
    • the competition brief
    • the remuneration and prize structure
    • the selection of the jury
  • expertise in managing design competitions through Phase eins, a firm that coordinates and conducts the competition as the project manager

The design competition was completed in 2 phases.

Phase 1: Request for Qualification

Phase 1 was open to all interested parties and closed on March 2, 2021. In this phase, firms had to demonstrate they were qualified to do the work. They were assessed based on the evaluation criteria included in the Request for Qualification.

Phase 2: Architectural design competition

Phase 2 is taking place in 2 stages.

Competition stage 1

  • This stage began in May 2021 and closed in August 2021
  • We invited the 12 competitors with the highest evaluated score from phase 1 to participate in the design competition
  • Each participant submitted an outline of their design concept
  • The jury evaluated the design concepts and short-listed 6 competitors
  • The 6 selected competitors advanced to stage 2 of the competition

Competition stage 2

  • This stage began in October 2021
  • We invited the short-listed competitors to submit an advanced design concept, continuing to advance their work from stage 1
  • The jury will evaluate the submissions
  • The jury will recommend the first, second and third-place teams
  • We will award prizes for the 3 best designs

Find up-to-date information about participants at each step of the process:

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