POWER TO THE PEOPLE

The annual Pug Awards debuted in 2004 and celebrate the best in Toronto architecture and planning. Founded by Anna Simone, principal of design firm Cecconi Simone, and Gary Berman, president of real estate financier Tricon Capital Group, the awards invite the public to vote on the best, the middling and worst of Toronto's newest real estate developments. The goal is to inform the public about design excellence and ultimately contribute to the growth and prosperity of Toronto. The Awards are made possible by the generous support of numerous sponsors and the Pug Awards advisory board

As we move into the 21st century's second decade, Toronto remains one of North America's fastest-growing cities. Bold new developments continue to spring up all over town, radically redefining the streetscape of the city. Architecture and design are now, more than ever, hot-button issues as citizens add their voices to the conversation about the city's masterpieces and mess-terpieces. The Pug Awards have been instrumental to this shift.

The Pug Awards began as a modest initiative that raised awareness of architectural and design issues among Torontonians. Since their inception, the Pugs have evolved into a major event that annually recognizes the contributions Toronto's development community has made to the urban landscape. By registering their opinion on recently-completed residential, commercial and institutional developments, the public can contribute to the conversation and ensure their voice is heard and help elevate architectural and planning standards across the city.

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