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2020 Design Excellence Awards

At IBI Group, we strive for design excellence across our practice areas and are always looking for ways to raise the bar. In 2019, we launched the Design Excellence Awards program to celebrate exceptional work from across our 60+ global offices. 

Now in its second year, our theme for 2020 was INNOVATION. We welcomed submissions from across our three sectors—Intelligence, Buildings and Infrastructure—and saw over 100 entries. After a rigorous judging process, this final list of winners represents IBI Group’s best and most innovative work from around the world.

View the 2019 Design Excellence Awards >>

Digital Engagement Foyer

Digital Engagement Foyer


The Digital Engagement Foyer is an innovative response to the pandemic. COVID-19 has upended the way we live, work, and interact with each other, making online engagement an essential substitute for in-person events. In partnership with IBI’s Placemaking and Visualization teams, Digital Foyers have been implemented at four IBI events, five third-party events, and on 20 projects, with the list growing weekly.

Rendering of Nine Elms School

Nine Elms School and Mixed-Use Development, London, UK

Environment & Climate Change

We were appointed by the London Borough of Wandsworth to provide a new mixed-use development comprising a 2FE primary school, children’s nursery and community/sports/recreation facilities within one of the largest regeneration schemes in London.

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People sitting outside at Cafe TO surrounded by trees and flowers

CaféTO, Toronto, ON

Social/Community Value

CaféTO exemplifies the resilience and innovation that IBI Group brings to the forefront of our practice, using strategic placemaking to re-enliven Toronto’s main streets in the face of COVID-19, and providing local restaurants with a crucial lifeline to remain in business given the challenges resulting from the pandemic.

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Scott Stewart talking to CurbIQ team



By digitizing curbside regulations, CurbIQ™ helps cities better understand how their curbs are working today, and gives them modern tools to improve operations in the future.

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Sensor City building in Liverpool

Sensor City Liverpool, UK


A collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, Sensor City is a highly adaptable research environment and incubator space for startups and SMEs developing digital sensor technologies and applications. 

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Coolidge Corner School Brookline Massachusetts playground

Florida Ruffin Ridley School, Brookline, MA


The site design for the Florida Ruffin Ridley School was inspired by community vision for the schoolyard to reflect school values, incorporate its inclusive culture, and enhance the overall learning experience.

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Rendering of Angel Stadium development plan

Angel Stadium Development Plan, Anaheim, CA


Hannah Parish

Lyft, Ontario

General Manager

Russ Bond

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Former Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems Programs

Hugh Sumner

Hugh Sumner

Strategic Transport and Infrastructure Advisor

Jennifer Kolstad

Ford Motor Company​​​​​​​

Global Design Director

Elizabeth Pagliacolo

Azure Magazine

Executive Director

John Potter


Design Division Architect

Jeff Henry

Jeff Henry

City of Waterloo


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