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.
2019 Award Winners
On October 2, The City of Raleigh Appearance Commission hosted its 37th annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. Raleigh Union Station provided an excellent venue to celebrate fine design among a bustling crowd of designers and community members alike. HH Architecture and Stewart contributed generously as Event Sponsors to help make the ceremony possible. The reception featured music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves as the attendees enjoyed refreshments and conversation. The Appearance Commission presented awards to 13 outstanding projects across 9 categories, and APA-NC presented two Great Places awards to the city for Norris House and Raleigh Union Station.
2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award Winners:
Junction West + Cherokee HQ
The Raleigh Architecture Company
Steven D. Schuster, FAIA
Wake Tech Community College – Building F
NCSU Design + Build, Syme Hall East
Oak City Multi-Services Center
Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center at Lake Johnson
Rehabilitation / Historic Preservation:
Guest House Raleigh
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, 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.
Awards in this category are for education-related facilities at any level of instruction, including pre-school, elementary, middle, high school, college, or continuing education.
- Landscape Design
Awards in this category are for projects that exemplify an integrated approach to resource conservation, 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 given in every category, nor are there a predetermined number of awards in a category.
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.