Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance
About the Awards:
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognizes outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. 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.
2015 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.
- Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation:
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.
- Public Service:
Awards in this category are given for groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale that improve the appearance and/or environment of the City.
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.