Nominations Now Being Accepted for Sir Walter Raleigh Awards

News posted May 05, 2015 - 6:00 am

Nominations for the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards are being accepted through June 4th at 5:00 p.m. The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards recognize outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. The award categories highlight innovative projects and designers, and celebrate the positive impact that design has on our community. Project categories include: Residential, Commercial, Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation, Public Facilities and Spaces, Landscape Design and Public Service.

Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches and citizens.

Individuals or groups nominated for a Sir Walter Raleigh Award must be residents or maintain an established location in the City of Raleigh. All other nominees, programs or projects must be located in the City of Raleigh or its planning jurisdiction. All projects must be substantially complete within the last five years prior to submission, except the "Public Service" category, which honors commitment by individuals and groups to improving Raleigh's appearance. Projects still under construction are not yet eligible.

Entries are evaluated using the following general criteria:

  • Exhibition of a new standard of excellence, thereby providing an example for the future.
  • Demonstration of awareness of the importance of good stewardship of the land.
  • Demonstration of community involvement and innovation.
  • Preservation or restoration of existing topography, trees and other natural features.
  • Significant improvement of an existing site or structure, and/ or preservation of important historic or cultural features.
  • Provision of attractive and safe conditions which meet and exceed requirements of applicable ordinances, policies, conservation areas and designated historic districts and properties.
  • Integration of sustainable building principles, architecture expressive of how project's green features function, and thoughtful conservation/ enhancement of existing features of the site and the surrounding community.

Awards are made based on project merit, as determined by the selection criteria. Awards are not necessarily made in every category, nor are there a predetermined number of awards in a category in any given year.

Anyone can submit nominations through a quick and easy submittal process. Nominations can be made electronically, in person, or by mail. For questions regarding the submittal of nominations, contact Rotonda McKoy at 919-996-4642, or for general information, contact Elizabeth Alley at 919-996-4639.

For more information, contact

  • Elizabeth Alley, Planning and Development, Urban Design Center, 919-996-4639
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