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.
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
Awards in this category are for local, state and federal projects including office, education and transportation-related facilities.
- Public Spaces
Awards in this category are 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.
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 the project's green features function, and thoughtful conservation/ enhancement of existing features of the site and the surrounding community.