Since 1981, the Mississauga Urban Design Awards have been honouring that city's architecture and design, now the longest-running awards program of its kind in Ontario. This year, the awards are looking back at over three decades of urban design, with the 2020 People’s Choice Award to be a retrospective of all previous Award of Excellence winners since the Awards' 1981 inception.

A total of 70 buildings and complexes, both public and private, are in the running for this Retrospective People’s Choice Award, to be decided by public vote. Members of the public are encouraged to select two projects from the list, which includes everything from small single-family dwellings up to Mississauga's current tallest buildings at Absolute World.

Absolute World in Mississauga, image by Forum contributor Jasonzed

The choices, arranged chronologically, also highlight the changing architectural styles of the day, with earlier entries like the Xerox Research Centre of Canada at 1984 - 2660 Speakman Drive reflecting Postmodern design typical of the 1980s, and newer entries like Sheridan College's Hazel McCallion Campus that show off a more modern style. 

Hazel McCallion Campus at Sheridan College, image by Forum contributor Jasonzed

Voting opened on Monday, April 20th, and will run until Monday, September 28, with the winners to be announced in October. Looking forward to next year, submissions for the 2021 Mississauga Urban Design Awards will start to be accepted this coming October.

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