2023 HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation — Submission Deadline: April 28

April 10, 2023

The 2023 HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation — with $11,600 in prizes — invites Carleton students to submit a project that aims to safeguard and rehabilitate existing buildings in Ottawa, taking a conservation approach. 


The deadline is Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. EDT.

For questions, please email: mariosantana@cunet.carleton.ca; marianaesponda@cunet.carleton.ca


Download the Student Submission Form here. 

Eligibility Criteria & Submission Requirements 


The HODI Award shall allow applicants to base a submission on a heritage conservation project within the City of Ottawa.  



•  Be an undergraduate or graduate student; either individual or a team; enrolled in a program at Carleton University Faculties of Engineering and Design or Arts and Social Sciences; 


•  Full time or part time; 


•  Be part of the academic curriculum or extra-curricular work that is supervised by a professor from a heritage conservation-related faculty, or by a recognized and accredited heritage conservation professional;  


•  Be based on a real project in Ottawa area; not hypothetical;

•  Show application of good conservation principles including the Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada;  


•  Contribute to the body of conservation of built heritage in Ottawa through maintenance, rehabilitation & adaptive reuse, and/or preservation and/or restoration;  


•  Submitted project should be from fall 2022 until winter 2023.  

Danielle Myronyk, Saving Architectural Heritage: Climate Change Resilience and Conservation Management, 2022 Honourable Mention
Madison Leonard and Dylan Jozkow, Kemp Farmstead, 2022 Merit Award 

Submission Requirements 


•  Submit a digital copy of the work that represents the submission, along with the submission form fully filled out and signed; digital copy should be a compressed pdf submitted in the following link (submissions must be made by 3 p.m. EDT): https://www.dropbox.com/request/hYQkXwrxJxCfV1hChyPe


•  Up to a maximum of 2,000 words of text that describe the project and its conservation attributes (8.5×11”; minimum 11 pt. readable Times New Roman or Arial font; minimum 1.5 cm margins on four sides); 


•  Minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 illustrations (each of a maximum of 11×17”) that may include all or some of diagrams, sketches, photos, plans, elevations, sections, details, 3D representations; or other similar media;  


•  Up to a maximum of two additional pages dedicated to any other expression about the project that best describes it and its conservation attributes; 


•  Digital copy may include up to one minute of moving images if applicable; 


•  Full submission must be enclosed by April 28. 

Judging Criteria 


The jury shall generally use the following criteria in evaluating the proposals and look at a balance of these objectives. They will analyze to determine how well each submission:  


•  Follows the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada (Parks Canada, latest edition); 


•  Demonstrates feasibility of implementation 


•  Expresses a clear conservation approach 


•  Demonstrates a commitment to heritage conservation in Ottawa 


•  Expresses and contributes to the cultural heritage value and significance of the site’s surrounding community; 


•  Addresses the practical considerations of construction and conservation; 


•  Responds to other relevant criteria directed by the jury.  

Selection of the Winner  


Selection Committee 


The winner of the award annually will be chosen by a selection committee of qualified professionals, numbering five (5) individuals in total. 


The committee will be comprised of: 

•  one member from HODI;

•  two faculty members from at least two of the applicable Carleton University Faculties of Engineering and Design or Arts and Social Sciences; 

•  two prominent and knowledgeable members of the Ottawa built heritage community, recommended jointly by HODI and Carleton University. 


The jury members will vote on the selection of a lead juror, who will oversee the administration of the jury arrangements and deliberations, and whose vote will be the deciding one, should there be a tie in jury selections. 


The lead juror will always be a Carleton University employee to ensure adherence to university policies and procedures. All members of the jury will sign a confidentiality agreement to be circulated by the coordinators of the Conservation and Sustainability program.   


Authority and Responsibility of Selection Committee 

  • The Selection Committee (Jury) will have authority to:  
  • Not provide an award in any given year if it considers the quality or applicability of all the submissions received to be inadequate.  
  • In this case, the annual fund will be reserved for future years. 
  • Designate two half-awards to each of two submissions (splitting the prize money) if appropriate in any given year; 
  • Designate up to three Honourable Mentions if appropriate in any given year; 
  • Reject submissions that do not meet the mandatory submission requirements; 
  • Select the winner(s). 
  • Carleton University will have the under final authority to approve the selected recipient(s).  


Important Dates 


Deadline for submissions: April 28, 2023

Announcement of winners: May 15, 2023 


Historic Ottawa Development Inc. (HODI) offers professional advice, advocacy support, and partnership opportunities to inspire and celebrate the conservation of Ottawa’s built heritage. Its board of directors has expertise in architecture, restoration, and historical research. It can provide loans and grants to assist with the rehabilitation of historic properties and public education projects. 


The award provides the opportunity for HODI to support the emerging generation of conservation professionals in researching, learning, and practicing in Ottawa. It helps build the capacity needed to deliver conservation best practices for Ottawa’s built heritage, now and into the future.