Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognize outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. Since 1983, the Raleigh Appearance Commission has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens.
2017 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh (CAM Raleigh), 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.
2017 Award Categories
Awards for this category are given for new residential development, conversion to residential use, or improvement made to existing residential areas. The entry may be for either multi-family developments or single-family developments of multiple buildings.
Awards in this category are presented for all types of new retail, office construction, or adaptive use and may include industrial, warehouse, or corporate projects that have a positive impact on the city's visual environment.
- Rehabilitation/Historic Preservation:
Awards in this category are given for preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh's historic resources.
- Public Facilities & Spaces:
Awards in this category are for local, state, and federal projects including office, education, and transportation-related facilities and may also be given for projects which enhance the appearance and livability of public areas of the City, including parks, streets, neighborhoods, and churches.
- Landscape Design:
Awards in this category are for projects that exemplify an integrated approach to resource conservation, a respect for existing features of the site and/or significantly preserve Raleigh's natural features and trees, including exemplary design of utilitarian site elements transformed into public amenities.
- Community Impact:
Awards in this category are given for groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale that enrich the quality of life in Raleigh through design.
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.