May 2, 2017

2017 ACCESS AWARDS Excellence in Universal Design and Accessibility 


The Access Awards raise awareness regarding the importance of accessibility
and universal design in the Winnipeg. They recognize exceptional projects that
highlight universal design through a juried process, via a celebratory event that
will be held in the Fall of 2017.

Universal design makes life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities.

These annual awards honour projects that incorporate accessibility elements
to ensure physical, sensory, and intuitive way-finding access. Moreover, they
provide a way to continue the discussion about the chances for full participation
in our community, regardless of ability.

The annual Access Awards program adds to a genuine excitement to build
exceptional and accessible facilities which meet and exceed the existing building codes. Just building to code is a thing of the past. The whole community is beginning to expect accessible and inclusive design as part of the norm and challenges the whole design community to embrace this in a seamless and non-obvious manner.

The Winnipeg model of Universal Design and the establishment of an Accessibility Award for exceptional accessible architecture is meritorious. We award good work that exhibits innovation and reflects best practices.

Unlike some previous Award Presentations which echoed an Academy Awards
styled theme; the Access Awards will again be awarded on the project’s individual merit and allow for specific attention to the individual design elements that are exemplary in scope and achievement.

The 2017 Access Awards Presentations will be held in the fall, and will be an excellent opportunity to network with other architects, designers, project owners, students, the whole design community and other professionals in the field.

Please read the informational nomination package attached complete with Nomination Forms and submit by Friday June 30, 2017 Deadline.

2017 Access Awards Nomination Package
2017 Access Awards Nomination Form 
2017 Access Awards Nomination Form (Fillable)

For more information, contact: Chris Sobkowicz | Access Advisory Committee Coordinator
Phone: (204) 986-8345
TTY: (204) 986-1311



2016 City of Winnipeg Accessibility Awards Announced 
Celebrating the best in universal design and accessibility for 2016

WINNIPEG, September 29, 2016  – Today, Councilor Ross Eadie and Councilor Devi Sharma Chairs for the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee announced at City Hall the six deserving Businesses, Architects and Organizations recognized to receive the City of Winnipeg’s 2016 ACCESS Awards for Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design.

This year’s Awards Jury had 20 nominees in various categories celebrating universal design and accessibility. The jury of local accessibility experts visited each site during the summer and are excited to recognize the winners for 2016.

The ACCESS awards have been an annual event since 2002, recognizing architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and the owners of their projects. These award winners have highlighted universal and accessible design to an exemplary level in their particular projects allowing Winnipeg to be a leader in North America as an inclusive community.

The ACCESS Awards are presented and administered by the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee, which has over 20 year of raising awareness regarding the importance of accessibility and universal design for all the City of Winnipeg departments. Universal Design makes life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities.

The 2016 WINNERS are:

Award of Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design

University of Manitoba Active Living Centre
Design Lead: George Cibinel – Cibinel Architects Ltd. and Batteriid Architects
Project Owner: University of Manitoba

ACCESS St. Boniface
Design Lead: Christopher P. Daly – MMP Architects
Project Owner: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

The Original Pancake House Restaurant - McGillivray Blvd
Design Lead: Ray Wan – Raymond SC Wan Architecture
Project Owner: Alan Guberman
                        Joanne Lecker
                        Hazel Kushner

Specialized Services for Children & Youth 1155 Notre Dame - SSCY
Design Lead: David Essex – Stantec Architecture
Project Owner: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Manitoba Provincial Law Courts – 4th Floor Accessibility Project
Design Lead: Nadi Design
Project Owner: Province of Manitoba

Community Recognition Award

Mr. Richard Jones
Owner: MOVE Mobility
FRS Group Winnipeg


Information Contact: Chris Sobkowicz - Coordinator City of Winnipeg | Access Advisory Committee
Phone: (204) 986-8345