2021 Award Winners About the Awards 2022 Award Categories Selection Criteria Sponsorship
2021 Award Winners
The City of Raleigh Appearance Commission hosted its 39th annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance on April 13, 2022. Join us in celebrating the 2021 award winners!
2021 Sir Walter Raleigh Award Winners:
• Trophy Brewing and Pizza
• Bailey Drive Gateway at Walnut Creek Wetland Park
• Gretchen Sedaris
• Poe Center for Health Education
• Bloc(83) Tower 2
• Fitts-Woolard Hall
• Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center
• John Chavis Memorial Park
Rehabilitation / Historic Preservation:
• Heights House (Montfort Hall)
• The Saint
The Jury’s Choice Award:
• John Chavis Memorial Park
About the Awards
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 City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens.
2022 Award Categories
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.
Awards in this category are given for preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh's historic resources.
Awards in this category are for local, state, and federal projects including office, and transportation-related facilities.
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 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.
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 in this category are for education-related facilities at any level of instruction, including pre-school, elementary, middle, high school, college, or continuing education.
Awards are made based on project merit, as determined by the selection criteria. Awards are not necessarily made in every category, nor are there a predetermined number of awards in a category in any given year.
Entries are evaluated by the awards jury 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 that 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.