The DesignTO Awards recognize design excellence at the DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. Presented by Yabu Pushelberg and DIALOG, the DesignTO Awards celebrates the talent, expression, and diversity of designers from Toronto and abroad.
DesignTO recognizes design excellence in the Festival each year, in three categories: Best in Festival, Juror’s Choice, and People’s Choice, granting up to 26 DesignTO Awards. An annual jury of designers and industry experts vote for awards in three “Best in Festival” categories and for three “Juror’s Choice” each, while the public votes for four “People’s Choice” awards.
Awardees are recognized and celebrated through DesignTO’s extensive network.
Jurors can consider any Festival project for an award.
A selection of exhibitions and installations will be visited by the jurors in person during the Festival. Then the jurors will reconvene for the jurying session after the Awards application closes.
Design experts and one former awardee are invited each year to participate in jurying the Awards program.
Jurors: Farah Yusuf (curator and educator), Khatereh Baharikhoob (Associate, Senior Urban Designer, DIALOG), Joyce Mou (Design Director, Interior Design, Yabu Pushelberg), Jennifer Kudlats (Architect and Co-Founder of StudioAC and educator), and Boris Yu (Cultural & Material Designer, Founder of Only One Yes and 2022 Award winner). The DIALOG jurors for the Best of Community Wellbeing award are Chen Cohen (Principal), Dorsa Jalalian (Senior Urban Designer), Mark Gorman (Mechanical Engineer, Associate), Nicole Moyo (Intern Architect, Urban Designer), and Michael Mousa (Sustainability Consultant).