Margolese National Design for Living Prize

The Margolese National Design for Living Prize celebrates and inspires exceptional impact on living environments benefitting all Canadians.

Created by a generous estate gift made to the University of British Columbia by Leonard Herbert Margolese, it awards annually an unrestricted $50,000 prize to a Canadian who has shown extraordinary talent and dedication to make Canada a better place to live.

The prize acknowledges and supports recipients’ contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes. Recipients may be architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, public artists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, community activists or those in other fields. They may use their award to advance their expertise or, if they wish, pursue entirely new endeavours.

Eligibility

Recipients must be Canadian citizens whose work actively contributes to the development or improvement of living environment for Canadians of all economic classes.

How Nominees and Recipients Are Selected

A diverse pool of invited nominators proposes candidates from a broad range of fields appropriate to prize criteria.

A selection committee of nationally and internationally recognized experts relevant to the prize reviews and evaluates nominations. Each nomination is researched and considered with respect to prize selection criteria.

Nominators, selection committee members, and administrators of the prize serve anonymously. Nominations and selection processes are confidential. This policy ensures that nominations are fairly and frankly assessed without outside influence.

The prize no longer accepts applications or unsolicited nominations.